If you’re the San Diego Chargers, there is nowhere to go but up from this point on.
With six games remaining in their regular season, the Chargers hit the road in Jacksonville Sunday for a meeting with the Jaguars. If San Diego (2-8) wins, it snaps a six-game losing streak. If Jacksonville (4-6) sends the Bolts to their seventh straight defeat, the hot seat on San Diego’s Mike McCoy and his staff for that matter grows even hotter.
Is McCoy gone after the season?
Coming into the season, there was no doubt some pressure on McCoy and Co. to move the team ahead, this after a pair of 9-7 seasons in his first two years at the helm (including a playoff victory over Cincinnati in his first season on the job). Unfortunately for McCoy (20-22 all-time as San Diego head coach) and the Chargers for that matter, victories have been rare this season (Detroit, Cleveland), leaving the head coach potentially on the unemployment line after the Jan. 3 regular season finale in Denver.
While there have been some disappointing losses this season, the 33-3 blowout loss at home last Sunday was likely San Diego’s low point of the year.
In all facets of the game, Kansas City (5-5) dominated the Chargers. Things got so bad that starting quarterback Philip Rivers and starting tight end Antonio Gates had a brief verbal exchange on the sidelines, something that is rarely seen in these parts. While the two have said it was short and sweet (both claims all is good now), there is no doubt that losing week after week takes its toll on even the best of players and friends.
Meantime, Kansas City showed why it is one of the hottest teams in the league right now.
The Chiefs seemed to be a step ahead of the Chargers at just about every turn. Whether it was quarterback Alex Smith and his running and throwing ability, or perhaps a defense that had Rivers on his heels for much of the day, Kansas City showed why it is heading north and San Diego continues heading south in the AFC West standings
Making matters worse, the Chargers’ fan base seems to be growing tired of not only the team’s play on the field, but also the never-ending rumors of will the team stay or go (Los Angeles) next season.
So, what is the magic cure at this point?
While the Chargers are all but mathematically eliminated from AFC playoff contention, a win Sunday in Jacksonville would certainly make this team and its fans feel a tad better.
San Diego at Jacksonville (10 a.m. Pacific, CBS KFMB Channel 8)
Chargers lead all-time series 5-2
Jaguars are a 3.5-point favorite