AFC West Effectively Over with San Diego Chargers' Week 10 Loss

By Anthony Blake
Philip Rivers interception - San Diego Chargers

There was still a faint glimmer of hope remaining for the San Diego Chargers’ 2012 season when game time rolled around on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but that quickly dissipated as the contest progressed. It appears (now more than ever) that this season will be just like the last two years in San Diego: mediocre.

Routine errors have plagued this team during their recent string of indifference and that was certainly true on Sunday. The recurring special teams nightmare that has haunted the Chargers’ dreams for years now returned this week as a blocked Mike Scifres punt led to a touchdown for Tampa.

These lapses in focus are the sign of a sickness that needs be eradicated and the only way to do so is by cleansing the organization of its current leadership. As the head coach, Norv Turner has done nothing but erode any integrity that this franchise had restored in the early to mid 2000s. The continued decline in the team’s record is a reflection of just how stale his message has gotten for the guys in the locker room.

While quarterback Philip Rivers has been quick to defend Norv every step of the way, perhaps that is because he knows that he too has been complacent. Rivers again committed costly turnovers against the Bucs including a dagger in the fourth quarter as an interception was returned 83 yards the other way for a touchdown. There’s no doubt that Rivers is still the straw that stirs the drink for the Bolts, but he can’t continue to press and make up for the team’s other shortcomings all on his own.

Complacency breeds mediocrity and that fact can’t be exemplified any better than the current situation in San Diego. The attitude has been infectious and the dated mantra of Turner as the coach is the main perpetrator of this disease. Before the contagion continues to weigh on Rivers and affect some of the younger talent on the Bolts’ roster, the organization needs to seriously consider parting ways with Turner sooner rather than later.

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