Category: Shawn Merriman

It’s Not What I Would’ve Wanted But There You Have It …………..

 The wiles of the NFL are a strange game to me. The game between the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos whilst meaning a great deal to  both teams. It had me thinking how are those two teams with such established stars can proceed to play so unevenly throughout much of the regular season?  And while San Diego obliterated the Broncos, ended their Superbowl aspirations that led to the firing of Mike Shanahan.  Wherein the AFC West division as we know it has become to be known has as its content some of perhaps some of the worst teams in all of the NFL.


Vincent Jackson(83) congratulates teammate  LaDanian Tomlinson after his touchdown against the Denver Broncos at  Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Ca,.  ...............
LaDanian Tomlinson(21) is congratulated by teammate Vincent Jackson(83) after his TD against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego ,Ca


lLaDanian Tomlinson(21) is congratulated by teammate Vincent Jackson(83) after Tomlinson’s touchdown during the game against the Denver Broncos played at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Ca,. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Mark Talbot ……………..





The Chargers notwithstanding the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders have hardly shown that the division possesses a team of merit based on their play this season.   As winners of the division with an 8-8 record they scraped their way into the playoffs. Albeit that they won their last four games of the season. Now the Chargers will have to face the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the postseason playoffs as wildcard entrants. The Colts as with a record of 12-4 made their way into the postseason upon the resurrection and play of their Pro Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning. 




Marvin Harrison(88) of  the Indianapolis  Colts is greeted by teammates prior to the start of  the game played against the Titans ....................
Marvin Harrison(88)of the Colts is greeted by teammates in the team ritual and introduction prior to the game.


Marvin Harrison(88) of the Indianapolis Colts is congratulated by teammates prior to the game against the  Tennessee Titans. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Victor Matthews ……………………….. 





The San Diego Chargers by way of their own play this season has been erratic and uneven.  But for the resolute play of quarterback Phillip Rivers one doubts that the team would’ve  got as far as they did. LaDainian Tomlinson their much heralded running back has had a down year and even with regard to injuries. It can be said  that the player’s overall performances have  been somewhat sub par.  The loss of defensive stalwart Shawn Merriman also played a part in the downside to the team’s overall record. Merriman when on the field has been a player who has brought a great deal of forthright resolve to the team’s play as well as on the field leadership.  Other than Rivers who has been vocal as to the on field leadership, the team has been labored its way throughout the season and into the playoffs. Norv Turner if anything has been extremely lucky to be in the  position where he still holds a coaching job in the NFL.  The feeling was that should the Chargers fail to make the postseason he may well have been one of the casualties as to the firings that’ve proceeded to take place since season’s end.