The Raiders did crush the horrible Chiefs again today, just as the Chargers did two weeks ago, and the AFC West is not sending its best team to the playoffs. The Chiefs did try their best and came up way short, even if the playoffs had been on the line, I don't think the outcome would have been different. So...the Chargers can go into this offseason with the knowledge that had they been able to eek out a win against the woeful Bengals, they would have been in.
On the Chargers' scrimmage today in Denver, I think we found out that while Tim Tebow is a dynamic player, he still isn't a true NFL quarterback. He is inaccurate and telegraphs many of his passes. He can run, but judging by the number of times he got his bell rung today, that style won't last too long in the NFL.
We also did get to see the skills of Ryan Mathews on full display. The guy can break tackles and run. He showed flashes of improvement in reading his blocks and finding holes. He is still a fumbler though. I hope he spends all offseason with a football in his hands. If he can correct that one glaring problem, he will be great.
We also witnessed special teams coach Steve Crosby's retirement party. With another kickoff return for a touchdown, if they don't fire this guy, fans will (and should) dump all their season tickets for next year. The thing has to be fixed. Bring in a young, talented and hungry coach who can get the special teams fired up and playing at a high level. This used to be a major strength of this team.
Keep checking in this offseason. I'll keep the posts coming. Happy New Year to all Bolts' fans!