Granted, the gusts and rain off Lake Erie weren't ideal for a group accustomed to operating under sunshine and mild winds along the Pacific Ocean. We've learned that conditions must be ideal for this bunch to do its job.
My biggest problem with the Chargers in this stinker of a game was their lack of direction. San Diego didn't come in with a visible plan to take advantage of an injury-depleted Cleveland defense.
Chargers coaches spent the week watching tape from Dick Jauron's body of work. Cleveland's defensive coordinator runs a vanilla scheme that asks its players to win matchups. Chargers personnel told CBS that Jauron's scheme hasn't changed much since his old team, the Buffalo Bills, knocked off San Diego in 2008.
The homework and preparation amounted to nothing. Individual plays broke down, and drives meshed into confusion. Jauron's defense did its job: vanilla and victorious.
Welcome to another ugly week in beautiful San Diego.