Well, it looks like we both got knocked out last weekend. Baltimore and SD both lost. Of the two, the SD loss was particularly disappointing. The Chargers were not prepared for that game...and I can see why people label Schottenheimer as a "loser." His players repeatedly gave the game away.
I'm no pro football coach, but I can tell you that if I'm up against Bill Bellicheck, I'm going to go into the game with an Eastsider mentality. In other words, I would assume that the Pats are not going to be easily conquered. Therefore, every play would be contested and every advantage maximized. The Chargers, however, played like they were going to have a hundred chances at everything.
A muffed punt that the returner tried to pick up instead of just covering? Not against New England in the playoffs...they made him pay.
An interception that turned into a fumble because the interceptor tried to run directly into traffic? Not against New England in the playoffs...they made him pay. He should have focused on protecting the ball, and not on making a big return.
In my opinion, the Chargers should have won that game easily. They certainly had the chances and the talent.
However, it appears that coaching was the biggest problem. SD was not ready to beat Bellicheck and the Pats, so they didn't.
As for the Baltimore Browns, I was glad to see them lose. They are a Steeler arch-nemesis, so fuck them.