Category Archives: San Diego Chargers

Out with the old, in with the…well…old

Everyone knows Mart Schottenheimer was fired in San Diego not so very long ago, and today Jay Glazer at Fox broke the story that the Chargers hired Norv Turner to replace him. I’m not going to dispute the fact that Norv Turner is one of the better offensive minds in football, and he’s helped Alex Smith do a 180 from last season, but let’s not fool ourselves: he’s not head coach material. He bombed in Oakland. He bombed in Washington. Norval Turner simply isn’t a good head coach in the National Football League, and with the array of options the Chargers had available to them, it’s beyond me why they would set themselves three years back with a hire like this. Fans of the other three AFC West teams should be very, very happy.

A developing trend

There is a definite trend starting up among NFL scouts and talent evaluators, and that is obsession with two kinds of athletes:

1. Former basketball players
2. Former quarterbacks converted into “slash”s.

The first is not surprising given that Antonio Gates was a unanimous all-pro choice, and has been dominating the league, but I still think that he’s more of a unique athlete who learned some tricks as a basketball player. The idea that any big guy who used to be good at basketball is guaranteed to succeed in the NFL is very flawed.

The second is obvious because of two players- Antwaan Randel El, former Steelers wideout who earned himself a couple million dollars in the Super Bowl with the perfectly thrown bomb to Hines Ward on an end-around. The other player is Matt Jones, picked in the first round of the draft last year by the Jaguars, a former quarterback converted to reciever. He didn’t really dominate last season, but he made some nice plays, and he’s supposedly been lighting it up in the off-season camps.

My thought is basically this- Yes, there have been some players that fit the two roles I described that have been astounding (Gates, Randel El, etc.), but that doesn’t make someone who fits the description automatically worthy of consideration as an elite prospect, but I’m afraid that’s what’s happening.