There is a classic scene in “Pulp Fiction” when Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames) tells Butch (Bruce Willis) that he “may feel a slight sting. That’s pride (expletive) with you. (Expletive) pride. Pride only hurts. It never helps.”
Somebody should tell Chargers general manager A.J. Smith and enigmatic WR Vincent Jackson.
A 1 p.m. deadline passed today, meaning that Jackson likely will not be traded this season, and there is speculation that Jackson will not play at all this year. And that is a bummer to some Chargers fans, and those keen fantasy enthusiasts that have stashed Jackson on their roster. Jackson, however, should not be on anybody’s roster.
Smith certainly is stubborn, meaning it would be a great surprise if Jackson ever plays for the Chargers again. Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee looked like they could pick up the pieces well enough. Jackson could be dealt by the Oct. 19 deadline, but he would have to sit out three games, and even then, what kind of impact would he have?
Drop Jackson and look for players who might actually contribute this season, such as Buccaneers WR Mike Williams or Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas. Because, really, only a mediation from The Wolf will end this thing in San Diego.
— Adam Rank