What they saw looked a lot like their recent past — a field goal in the final seconds to send the game into overtime, a kick that went through but was nullified by a pre-snap timeout, then a kick that was blocked to seal the loss.
Last season the Chargers started 1-4 — to the Chiefs by six in overtime after leading by 17 in the fourth quarter; to the Colts by four on a 63-yard touchdown pass with 1:28 left; to the Saints by one on a touchdown with 1:57 left; and to the Raiders when they bobbled the snap on a game-tying field goal with two minutes left.
Among the losses the rest of the season were a four-interception fourth quarter by Philip Rivers in Miami; another late collapse to the Raiders; and the Browns’ only win, sealed by, of course, a missed Chargers field goal at the final gun.
As long as he doesn’t make himself out to be a martyr, and act like a drama queen, Dipp might even be able to make some lemonade out of last night’s lemon. Hell, if I’m ESPN, I give him another shot to prove himself on “MNF.” You know some sports fans will tune in just to watch that.
The Dipp disaster underlines once again the value of smart, experienced sideline reporters such as ESPN’s Lisa Salters, NBC’s Michele Tafoya, Fox’s Erin Andrews and CBS’ Tracy Wolfson.
As the regular “MNF” sideline reporter, Salters will work the rest of the games this season. Dipp only appeared on Broncos-Chargers with Beth Mowins and Rex Ryan because Salters was working the sidelines for the earlier Vikings-Saints telecast.
Said an ESPN source: “Sergio is a young guy with hopefully a bright future ahead. He just had a tough night. He would not have been on the game if he wasn’t well regarded at our place.”