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Monday, December 17, 2012
San Diego Chargers: Moving On

By Bill Williamson

Here are some areas the San Diego Chargers need to focus on after a 31-7 home loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday:

Recap: It was a miserable loss in a miserable season. A small crowd saw the 4-9 Panthers completely manhandle the Chargers. All the good from last week’s win at the Pittsburgh Steelers was lost Sunday. San Diego is 5-9, officially out of the playoff race and counting the days until coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith are gone.

Biggest area to fix: Offense. The Chargers had 164 yards of offense and haven’t broken the 300-yard mark -- which is a modest amount -- in the past five weeks. The offensive line is in a shambles, Ryan Mathews was lost for the final two games when broke his clavicle Sunday and quarterback Philip Rivers can’t hold onto the ball. There is a reason why the yardage total is so low.

Biggest area to build on: Nothing. I can’t think of anything. Harsh? Sure, but so is falling behind 31-0 at home to a four-win team.

What to watch for: The Chargers travel to face the New York Jets in Week 16.