COMMENTARY | Fans of the Chargers haven't had much to be happy about over the last several years. They've watched their team underperform year after year, fall short of expectations and dealt with the uncertainty of where the Bolts will end up playing their home games in the near future.
Now, the team has decided to attack them after a gut-wrenching loss.
As if things weren't bad enough in San Diego, Chargers' public relations director Bill Johnston blasted fans on the team's official website on Thursday with some poignant words:
"What's with you people?" he began. "Now get over it. It was a loss. One loss. Listening to some of you out there, you'd think Monday night was "win or go home" and the Chargers are now packing their bags."
This was in response to those fans justifiably voicing their displeasure after a heartbreaking 35-24 loss on Monday Night Football to the Denver Broncos. That loss was embarrassing, took place on national television and included an improbable comeback behind awful all-around play by the Chargers.
Shame on the fans for being upset with the defense for giving up 35 unanswered points and the offense for going scoreless in the second half. What do the Chargers expect? The coaching staff and players deserve to get beat up for shaming themselves and their fans on a national stage.
It shows that the team is out of touch with what the Bolts' faithful have been through in that town with that team. Year after year, the Chargers have been pegged by experts around the league to contend for Super Bowl titles because of talented rosters and have underachieved each time.
The loss on Monday night was a painful reminder of all of it and ranks among the worst defeats the team has been through in recent history.
In addition to that, they need a new stadium and can't get one built, which granted, is not all the team's fault. But fans have dealt with that frustration for years. Yet the team has the nerve to insult the fans anyway.
It's naïve to think that fans are upset because they don't care about the team as the rant implies -- quite the contrary. Their passion comes from caring too much if anything, and from believing that despite losing some of their key players, they can overcome such adversity.
It's ironic because it's clear that this team got worse, not better, over the offseason after six games. The defensive improvements have proven to be marginal, and the offense lost its best playmaker in the passing game in Vincent Jackson. Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates appear to be on the decline, and Robert Meachem is not a No. 1 receiver as head coach Norv Turner so optimistically implied he could be prior to the season.
But for some reason the fans still care enough to call talk radio, engage the Twitterverse and voice their displeasure at "The Q" on Sundays. Shame on them.
Maybe Johnston is on to something -- perhaps the fans shouldn't care so much about this team. They should probably just start boycotting games and stop flooding the airwaves with any Chargers talk like disenchanted fans are supposed to.
At this point, the Chargers don't deserve the unwavering support anyway.
Michael C. Jones is a Yahoo! Featured Contributor in Sports and covers the San Diego Chargers and the NFL as a Southern California-based sports journalist, editor, and blogger. You can read him on SB Nation and Examiner.com. He is also the Editor and Founder of Sports Out West.You can follow Michael on Twitter @MikeJonesTweets
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