Everyone wants to blame All-Pro kicker Nate Kaeding for the loss and rightfully so. The most accurate kicker in NFL history missed all three of his kicks in his only playoff game this year. The true blame has to be placed on head coach Norv Turner, whose play calling and conservative style has stiffled the Chargers the past four seasons.
Everyone is wondering if LaDainian Tomlinson has played his last game as a Charger? In truth, Turner has probably coached his last game as the Chargers head coach.
Chargers general manager A.J. Smith will definitely look to make some changes and they need to start with the Turner. The team has moved players around in the past and they still have not made any noise in the playoffs.
The point is that the Chargers played with a lack of heart and discipline. The were flagged for eight penalties and five I believe, they did for stupidity. Shaun Phillips head butting a player and Vincent Jackson kicking the challenge flag. This coming from a veteran team like the Chargers.
Lack of heart comes from not going for it on fourth and one like you have all year like they have. Instead, they opt to put the win in the leg of their kicker who is obviously rattled instead of the franchise player, Rivers, who signed a new contract and is unquestionably the leader of the team. Imagine how Rivers, Tomlinson, and the rest of the offense feels. It goes to show how much you trust them. You played conservative and they lost and cost LT a possible Super Bowl.
The leading replacement if I were a betting man would be Bill Cowher. He would be perfect for San Diego because he has a winning background. He knows what it takes to win a Super Bowl. He's tough, a disciplinarian, and comes from a winning background with the Pittsburgh Steelers as head coach.
The only thing that would concern me is what people in management would tell him. When he was brought into coach the Steelers, he was brought to continue the Steelers tradition not create one.
The Chargers do not have a tradition so it would give him a chance to establish something in San Diego. Plus, him being head coach would instantly make them tougher and he would bring that rough and tough style to a team that has lacked it, since Marty Schottenheimer was fired in 2005.
Charger fans want a coach that knows how to win, wants to win, and will expect nothing less. They want a team that does not get pushed around, wants to be tough, good, and great. The Chargers need to win and win now. It may have been a year too late but Cowher wants to coach and San Diego would be perfect for him to come back.