When a team this talented fails to sniff its potential, the first head to roll is usually that of the head coach. However, that will not be the case in San Diego. GM A.J. Smith has stated Coach Norv Turner will be back next year regardless of how the season ends.
GM A.J. Smith
"I'm pretty sure maybe there are going to be changes after the season, probably with players," Tomlinson said. "We know Norv is going to be back, so what do you do? You make some changes with the players."
After former DC Ted Cottrell was relieved of his duties just over a month ago, inside linebackers coach Ron Rivera was promoted to replace him. With Turner ensured to remain at the forefront, only so many changes can be expected within the coaching staff.
While vets anticipate changes on the roster, QB Philip Rivers recognizes the team's inability to find a groove.
"We never got into a rhythm and that makes it tough," said Rivers after Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Falcons. "You battle and play better than we did if you are going to win, and we didn't do that. There are always going to be mistakes…and we had too many, too many to be able to win."
With the Chargers now all but officially eliminated from the playoffs, the team will use the rest of the season to identify players who can help find that rhythm. Those who are up to the task will carve out more prominent roles in 2009; those who are not will be looking for work elsewhere.
There are no sacred cows on a team that has lost twice as many games as it's won. From middle-tier players like Matt Wilhelm to supposed superstars like Antonio Cromartie, nobody should feel safe.
Except, of course, for the coach who steered this ship into the ground.