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Monday, October 24, 2011
Chargers must lose New York state of mind

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The San Diego Chargers trip to the media capital of the sports world resulted in salacious comments and headlines.

Of course, it started last week when Jets coach Red Ryan – who thrives on making headlines – said he’d have a couple of Super Bowl rings had the Chargers hired him and not Norv Turner in 2007. Turner retuned a zinger of his own.

Then, the real fireworks started. The Chargers saw the Jets come back from a 21-10 deficit at halftime to win 27-21 and drop San Diego to 4-2, promoting the Chargers to get some national criticism in their spotlight game.

San Diego tight end Randy McMichael refused to credit the Jets for the win, saying the Chargers blew the game and it was all on them. Monday, Ryan had his usual witty retort for McMichael.

San Diego cornerback Quentin Jammer did his part to keep the headline writers happily in New York, by questioning the officials. San Diego was called for 13 penalties Sunday after not being penalized in their last game, a Week 5 win in Denver.

“No way it was called fairly,” Jammer told the New York Post. “No way. Not at all. It wasn’t called fairly at all. Maybe I’m being biased, but I’m just judging off what I saw. It wasn’t a fair game called."

Don’t be surprised if Jammer receives a fine from the NFL, which doesn’t take kindly to their officials being publicly criticized by players and coaches.

In the meantime, the Chargers need to put all the New York drama behind them and prepare to face host Kansas City in a big Monday night game next week. If the Chiefs win, there will be a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West between Kansas City, San Diego and Oakland. Now, that would be dramatic.