No Bolt in San Diego Chargers Opener

*Going to borrow from the Larry King style of writing (when he wrote “column” for USA Today) and use short, semi-incomplete thoughts.

SD Chargers lose to Arizona Cardinals 18-17 on Monday, September 8th in first game of 2014 NFL season.

  • I’m not a professional sportswriter, but if I were, I don’t know how I could separate emotion from fact when writing about my favorite team.
  • What was the game plan for the offense in the 1st half? Chargers had weeks to prepare and somehow made the Arizona defense look like the Steel Curtain.
  • SD offense is like Jekyl & Hyde. Some drives they look unstoppable (2 quick TDs to start the 3rd quarter) and other drives, they’re 3 and out and look ineffective.
  • Injuries are part of the game. But if a backup cannot come in and get the job done, why is he the back up?
  • How can you be an All Pro QB and botch a snap (taking the team out of field goal range) AND get called for delay of game on 2 different drives late in the 4th quarter?
  • The Chargers cannot make a defensive hold in the 4th quarter with the game on the line. Historically, I know its been done, but I can’t remember the last time.
  • The first game of 2014 reminded me of 2013 and it was déjà vu watching a SD opponent move 90+ yards for the score to beat the Chargers.
  • SD starting center and team captain Nick Hardwick was injured in the Arizona game and is on the Injured Reserve (IR) and out for the season.
  • The Chargers are at home on Sunday, September 14th against the defending Champion Seattle Seahawks. The game is sold out and fans are being asked to wear all white for a “White Out” at Qualcomm Stadium. Hope the team doesn’t equate this with waving the white flag…


Posted on September 10, 2014 at 10:31 am

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Shavannia is the founder of Heels & Helmets and editor of its e-magazine, She also writes the football column, Gridiron, for the e-magazine. A sports marketing professional with over 13 years of experience, Ms. Williams has worked with the NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, and WNBA. As the owner of a marketing firm, Shavannia’s client roster includes: DC Women’s Business Center, NFL Players and United Way NFL Partnership. Her love for football began at The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, where she worked for Michigan Football and received her B.A. in Sport Management and Communication. She is excited to bring talented women together to provide a resource to help other ladies “join the conversation at the office” and enhance their business relationships. Follow her on twitter @MzGridiron.
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