"This...uhh....this appears to be....uhhh.....a leg. Does it hurt? Is the leg hurting you? Interesting." (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Yes, this is still bothering me.
Dean Spanos told us that Norv Turner and A.J. Smith didn't deserve to be fired. I believed him and, based on the paltry class of Head Coaches that were available in the offseason, I'm glad I did. The fault of the last two seasons rested solely on certain coaches that would be let go (Steve Crosby and then Greg Manusky) and injuries. No Coach or General Manager would be able to compete under similar conditions, Spanos insinuated.
I'm still okay with all of that. What I'm not okay with, and forgive me if I seem a bit mad here, is blaming the injuries and then keeping the same team doctors and training staff. Especially when the team's head physician is clearly a bad person with a long line of legal documents to back that fact up. Let us also not forget that the California State Medical Board has spent the last 8 months trying to revoke his license to practice medicine.
The team doctors came under more scrutiny in October for allowing Kris Dielman to continue playing with a major concussion, which probably lead to his grand mal seizure on the team's flight home from New Jersey, which definitely led to his decision to retire from football.
The San Diego Chargers employ the worst and most corrupt collection of doctors in the league, and their training staff is notoriously bad at helping players to prevent or recover from injury (See: Larry English and Buster Davis). This is part of the reason I was okay with Spanos essentially pointing the blame at them for the recent playoff misses. The question I have, then, is why haven't any of the team's doctors or trainers been fired and/or replaced?