Chiefs to Host Struggling Chargers, Thoughts on Redskins

October 21st, 2009 by Lee Eldridge

It felt good to celebrate a win against the Redskins! Interesting fact: Daniel Snyder has had five head coaches in the last 10 years of owning the team. And he’s headed for coach number six. That’s no way to run an NFL franchise. His biggest mistake? Firing Marty Schottenheimer in 2001 after one season to hire Steve Spurrier. Marty started that season 0-5 but went 8-3 over the last 11 to finish 8-8 in his only season in Washington. Marty went on to coach the Chargers compiling a 47-33 record during his five seasons in San Diego. Do you think Daniel Snyder would have liked that kind of record in Washington?

Shawne MerrimanWhich now brings us to the San Diego Chargers, who fired Marty Schottenheimer after the 2006 season when the Chargers won the division with a 14-2 record. The Chargers hired caretaker Norv Turner who has transformed the Chargers from one of the youngest and most talented teams in the league to an under-achieving mess. The Chargers are 2-3 and going nowhere fast.

I predicted when Norv Turner was hired by San Diego, and Wade Phillips was hired by Dallas, that neither coach would take their teams to the Super Bowl, and both would be fired within four years. I’m still sticking with that prediction.

What does this mean for the Chiefs? Probably not much this season. The Chargers have quite a bit more talent than Kansas City. The Chiefs appear to me to be a half step above the worst teams in the league. ESPN has jumped the Chiefs to number 28 in their week seven power rankings, but still behind the Redskins and the Lions. I’d have put them ahead of these two teams at number 26. How are we behind the Redskins? And I think the Chiefs are better than the Raiders at number 25, but somehow the Raiders beat the Eagles and have already beaten the Chiefs.

The Chiefs struggle to score points, and despite the Chargers other weaknesses, they will put some points on Kansas City this weekend. It will be hard to expect the Chiefs to keep up.

Prediction: San Diego 24, Chiefs 17

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