Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 11/10/11
The San Diego Chargers are the NFL team that should have won the Super Bowl years ago—by now, maybe even a couple. They’ve had great running games, great defenses, and have been blessed with two franchise quarterbacks in the last decade. So, why then have they collapsed as many times late in the season as they have? Why is it that they’ve only made the conference championship once since their 1-15 season in 2000? Simply put, look no further than the head coach. You could look at it a number ways, really. Searching the league’s roster of head coaches over the last couple of years one begins to notice that the most successful head coaches are defensive-minded ones. Sure, that’s generally true, however that’s more of a matter of talent evaluation than anything else. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that defensive leaders are in the thick of it, while offensive leaders are usually quarterbacks (which, as a position, avoids being “in the thick of it”). Who knows? We could have that offense/defense argument until the Browns win a Super Bowl. Regardless, when it comes to the San Diego Chargers, I have never found it difficult to figure [...]
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