The power of powder blue will be in full effect on Monday Night Football when the San Diego Chargers square off against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6. The Bolts have been dealing with the nightmares of primetime performances past over the last two seasons, but the team is pulling out all the stops with the reliable throwback threads to get them a much-needed victory. Call it desperation if you must, but it’s clear the guys in the locker room believe in the power of powder blue.
Veteran tight end Antonio Gates is one such player who believes that those classic powder blues represent something more than just another uniform. He told ESPN:
“It symbolizes the historic moments here. That’s the first thing that comes to mind for me. And it’s a sweet color, man. The color to me is amazing.”
There’s no doubt the powder blues are quite the fashion statement. Many believe they are the best uniforms going in the NFL today, and that truly does represent quite the test of time. But the Chargers have to have more than just jerseys to get them back into the win column against Andrew Luck and company come Monday evening.
Gates acknowledged these issues as he touched on the team’s recent troubles saying:
“This league is about how fast you can overcome whatever you’re dealing with. You’ve got to play 16 games, and you could be 2-3 and win 11 in a row. You can. You can be 5-0 and lose 11 in a row. It’s a long season.”
It seems clear the Chargers are focusing on one game at a time, but that may not be good enough according to one of the talking heads covering the game. ESPN’s Jon Gruden was asked about the upcoming matchup and just how he saw the game playing out. After touching on pretty much all of the negatives like Philip Rivers’ turnover issues, the injuries along the offensive line, the lack of a running game, and the pass rush deficiency, Gruden basically summed up the Chargers in one succinct blurb.
“They’re in trouble I believe.”
Now certainly Gruden is entitled to his opinion and there’s no doubt he is paid to make it as controversial as possible, but it may be going a bit too far to say the Bolts are ‘in trouble.’ This team is taking the right mentality into their Monday night tilt by looking to build one win at a time and slowly right the ship under head coach Mike McCoy. Just listen to defensive end Corey Liuget who said:
“We put all of those games behind us, and just focused on trying to beat the Colts – that’s it. That’s all we can do as team. And as a defense, that’s the mindset we’ve got to have.”
This team isn’t about to fold up and look toward next year as Week 6 approaches. The Chargers still have attainable goals left for this season, and that starts on Monday night with a search for redemption under the bright lights of primetime.