NFL.com As the NFL continues its investigation of the San Diego Chargers for using an illegal “stickum-type” substance against the Denver Broncos last Monday night, the team’s coach claims there’s nothing to investigate.”Nobody from the San Diego Chargers used stickum in the game Monday night against the Denver Broncos ,” Norv Turner told reporters. “Nobody in this organization has used stickum in any game.” League spokesman Greg Aiello told NFL.com and NFL Network on Sunday that the league is gathering facts after a Chargers equipment man was spotted concealing a possible illegal, sticky substance and distributing it to players. The substance was confiscated and sent to the Broncos and league officials. Turner said the object of suspicion is a towel bearing a substance that dries football. “The questions that have been asked by the league involve a towel that has been used by this organization for over 10 years,” Turner said, according to comments distributed by the Chargers . “It’s been used by a lot of teams in this league. The towel is used to dry the balls, the gloves the players use and their arms. The league is looking into the towel, and that’s about where we’re at.” Chargers receiver Robert Meachem pointed to the Monday night implosion and floated the following question to Annie Heilbrunn of U-T San Diego :”We lost,” he said. “How could we have cheated?”
The San Diego Chargers (3-3) are a mediocre team at best this season. Their leading receiver, Malcolm Floyd, has just 25 receptions for 418 yards and one touchdown and they have blown large halftime leads in both of the last two games, both losses.
Normally I would say that the use of Stickum is not helping their receivers, however they do only have three dropped passes on the season, which is the fewest in the NFL so there may be something to these allegations. Now if the Chargers could only find an illegal substance that prevented quarterback Philip Rivers from sailing passes five feet over his receiver’s heads into the arms of a safety for an interception, the Chargers might stop blowing large second half leads. Rivers has 9 interceptions on the season, only rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden of the Browns has more, with 10.