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Hardwick: That was first botched snap

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Chargers center Nick Hardwick has been snapping the ball to Philip Rivers for a long time.

“Six years, and we haven’t had one on the ground from underneath,” Hardwick told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Rivers’ fumble heard around the AFC West was a fluke.  There’s not a lot of meaning to be gained by dissecting it.  Rivers was in a state of shock after dropping the ball and the game.

“I dropped it,” Rivers seemed to whisper. “I dropped it.”

This play may have been an anomaly but San Diego can’t seem to win the turnover battle. They were -6 last year. They are -5 this year. Only four teams have more giveaways in 2011.

The loss to the Chiefs feels like a turning point in this Chargers season.  They may have to play catchup in the division again.

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24 Responses to “Hardwick: That was first botched snap”
  1. joetoronto says: Nov 1, 2011 11:50 AM

    Check out the their remaining schedule, a 6-10 or 7-9 season looks to be in the cards.

  2. goawayeverybody says: Nov 1, 2011 12:07 PM

    Ha ha ha ha Philip Rivers is terrible. So freaking overrated.

  3. nineroutsider says: Nov 1, 2011 12:10 PM

    Bye, bye Norv. Good guy, but lacks something.

  4. actiondanwi says: Nov 1, 2011 12:26 PM

    Really like Rivers, and what a way to lose…. I don’t care what he says, he is hurt.

    I will continue feeling sorry for him after Sunday.

    Go Pack.

  5. 6ball says: Nov 1, 2011 12:26 PM


    The Chargers don’t just turn the ball over. They turn the games over.


  6. grndizzle says: Nov 1, 2011 12:41 PM

    Rivers didn’t drop it, he Romo’d it!

  7. anhdazman says: Nov 1, 2011 12:50 PM

    Ok so he goofed up. Man up! Let’s see if he can redeem himself after this.

    Romo blotched the extra point in the play-offs a few years ago. Has he ever really redeemed himself after that? Most would probably say no.

    Long career ahead of him, so these kind of incidents helps mode a man.

  8. mrcosio says: Nov 1, 2011 12:51 PM

    Keep Norval!

  9. swagjag says: Nov 1, 2011 12:52 PM

    Why is Rivers always dressed like he fell out of an L.L. Bean catalog? Does he have some sort of endorsement deal with them?

  10. willyalistentothis says: Nov 1, 2011 12:56 PM

    Philip’s Folly Charges Chiefs

  11. smarterthantheaveragebearfan says: Nov 1, 2011 12:58 PM

    Why all the concern?

    It’s not like the reeling Chargers have to face a well rested undefeated Green Bay in their next………..oh wait.

    Never mind.

  12. r8rh8r says: Nov 1, 2011 1:09 PM

    The poison that is Norval Eugene has finally metastisized throughout the entire Discharger franchise. Enjoy San Diego.

    9 games left, and Norval has to win 7 of them to get his career record to .500. Guess what Norv, you’re gonna retire (doubt the Lord of No Rings will sack up and fire you) as an under .500 disappointment.

    But hey, thanks for coming on down to San Diego and destroying the team. That’s what we were all hoping for after another let down against the Patriots after a 14-2 season.

    The L.A. Lambs…I mean the San Diego Choke Artists…I mean…oh well, you get it…

  13. humb0lt says: Nov 1, 2011 1:13 PM

    WTF is wrong with wearing L.L. Bean. It’s better than wearing sweatpants all day, like half the people who post here.

    Philip Rivers, you probably won’t see this. But this Bolts fan believes in you all the way. I am not the only one.

  14. greenpacker says: Nov 1, 2011 1:19 PM

    after that sorry display even Obama is converting into a PACKER fan!!

  15. icanspeel says: Nov 1, 2011 1:20 PM

    With the way the Chargers played that game it is very surprising they had a shot to win, but they did and blew it. It goes to show you that any given game and any given play anything can happen. Chargers are in trouble, but they have to put that game behind them and play better

  16. hanktheking says: Nov 1, 2011 1:27 PM

    And the Chargers trophy case just got a little bit dustier.

  17. axespray says: Nov 1, 2011 1:56 PM

    Rivers is still elite, but man… dude must of got some of that dirty chris johnson voodoo money on him at some point this year….

    idk what is up with him, but with the way our defense is playing, he’ll probably still have 400 yards passing, we’ll still win by about 7 or so points, but our D has been embarassing this year…

  18. wethog66 says: Nov 1, 2011 1:57 PM

    As a Skins fan who lived through the Norv era in DC, wether its Gus Ferrotte head butting a concrete wall, Norv sending Eddie Murray for a FG after Murray made it clear it was to long for him, or Rivers fumbling the snap while trying to set up for a game winning FG, this stuff just happens to good old Norv. Norv is one of those guys that is a great coordinator, but not a very good HC. Stick to coordinating Norv, its what you do best.

  19. kpow55 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:13 PM

    Has anyone ever done less with more than Norv Turner?

    You give Rivers, Matthews, Gates, Jackson, LT (at the time), Phillips, Weddle and on and on to the borderline average John Harbaugh or above….. they’d atleast make a Superbowl appearance.

    Sidenote: Shannahan need not apply please.

  20. alldayvikings says: Nov 1, 2011 2:17 PM

    That play alone gave me a lost in fantasy. Fluke huh

  21. boilerup1869 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:24 PM

    greenpacker says:
    Nov 1, 2011 1:19 PM
    after that sorry display even Obama is converting into a PACKER fan!!


    I think he missed the point of this post

  22. lacharger2112 says: Nov 1, 2011 2:33 PM

    Oh crap! Here we go again.

  23. kevpft says: Nov 1, 2011 2:41 PM

    Who knows – it could be significant, or not. They’ve had worse records at this point in recent years, and with one screwup by the Chiefs or Raiders, they could be back in first place again.

    They’re a good team, plenty of talent. This’ll be a good chance to see what kind of team they really are – the act they’ve been playing the last few years won’t keep cutting it.

    Or, they could be the Cowboys of the West. As a longtime Cowboys fan, I wish them the best in avoiding that fate.

  24. mmcdan13 says: Nov 1, 2011 6:40 PM

    You know, I just think that Norv Turner teams never have an identity. It’s just a collection of good talent, and it just feels businesslike and soul-less.

    Kansas City, you know what they are. They’re a team missing their best starter on both sides of the ball, playing out of their minds and over their heads for Todd Haley. That roster shouldn’t be 4-3. No way. But they know who they are, who they aren’t, and they just grind. It’s a likeable group.

    Can’t say the same about the Chargers…

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