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Subject: SDUT (Acee): Norv Turner's team responds
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Acee: Norv Turner's team responds
By Kevin Acee
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Norvember has begun. Its namesake will coach again.
Whether or not he was going to be unemployed had his team lost a fourth
straight game, this time to another cellar-dwelling team, we wonï¿½t ever
As a season threatened to topple under its own weight, the Chargers took
out their aggravation on the stick-a-needle-in-your-eye-bad Kansas City
Chiefs, 31-13, on Thursday night.
Before the game, all the talk was about the possibility Norv Turner
could be fired before the weekend. (Who would initiate such vicious
ï¿½I donï¿½t believe it is true,ï¿½ Turner said afterward as he walked from
the first postgame press conference in more than a month in which he
cracked a smile.
And who could be too sure at this point that Turner will ever be
relieved of his duties?
His team plays enough games as it did on Thursday, heï¿½ll live at least
ï¿½You can't help but hear the talk,ï¿½ outside linebacker Jarret Johnson
said. ï¿½But we put ourselves in this situation. We lost three in a row.
The criticism directed our way was earned because we didn't play well
enough to win. We played well enough to win tonight, and it showed up on
ï¿½Norv is a great man and we have all the respect in the world for him.
He deserves better than what we've given him these last three weeks.
We're going to stand behind him. We're going to win games for us as a
team. We're going to win games for Norv.ï¿½
Philip Rivers, who was 18-for-20, didnï¿½t have to throw a pass after his
touchdown throw to Malcom Floyd 3ï¿½ minutes into the fourth quarter gave
the Chargers a 17-6 lead.
As if it were possible that the Saints were going to come back from an
18-point fourth-quarter deficit, Johnsonï¿½s sack of Matt Cassel and Shaun
Phillipsï¿½ recovery in the end zone gave the Chargers a 31-6 lead with
10ï¿½ minutes to play.
It was at that point that boos that not too long before bounced around
emptier-than-usual Qualcomm Stadium turned to cheers and the sound of song.
Demorrio Williamsï¿½ 59-yard interception return for a touchdown two
minutes later almost made the Chargers seem like a team that could
ï¿½The game got close,ï¿½ Turner said after flashing a wide grin. ï¿½And we
really did respond. It was nice.ï¿½
His offense remains middling, hampered by strained muscles and not
enough impact players.
But if Turner does get fired before the end of the season, I want to
know who is going to call plays. Iï¿½m not saying Steve Fairchild
couldnï¿½t, but ï¿½
Someone last night got Seyi Ajirotutu ready to get open and make a huge
catch on the game-opening scoring drive. Someone found a way to get
Danario Alexander hooked up with Rivers three times for 61 yards. The
Chargers scored just 10 points in the first half, but they were on the
verge of scoring all three of their first-half possessions before
Riversï¿½ only bad decision of the night cost them points in the waning
seconds. Turnerï¿½s play-calling to that point and after were a large part
of what he gets paid for.
A part of Turnerï¿½s job description has also seemingly always been
ignoring the chatter that constantly warms his buns.
ï¿½No one is immune to it,ï¿½ Turner said late Thursday as he stood inside
his office on the edge of the locker room. ï¿½You try not to be affected,
and I sure donï¿½t want anyone in this room to think Iï¿½m affected. I donï¿½t
want them to be affected, and I donï¿½t think they were today.ï¿½
Players said there was no one meeting but just several discussions of
finally responding. And, yes, there was mention of the strain they were
putting on Turner, the coach constantly under fire who never uses them
as a shield and, in fact, frequently tells them to use him as theirs.
ï¿½We play for coach,ï¿½ Rivers said. ï¿½We havenï¿½t folded. Weï¿½ve rallied ...
I think a big part of that is the way he handles it. He never points to
us. We all know it. Weï¿½ve made some terrible plays.ï¿½
Uh-oh. Now San Diegans ï¿½ the vociferous #FireNorv faction chief among
them -- are left to ponder that we could be witness to another Norv
The reality is that the Chargers are 4-4 and half their victories have
come against Kansas City, which flew back home dragging an NFL-worst 1-7
record. Seriously, Chargers fans, Romeo Crennel wishes he had Turnerï¿½s
Also fact is that the AFC has just seven teams with winning records and
by Sunday night that number will be less. Of the remaining nine games,
five are against teams with losing records.
ï¿½Itï¿½s a one-week deal,ï¿½ Weddle said. ï¿½Weï¿½re not going to get too high
... Next week the sky (could) be falling again.ï¿½
Yes, we would be wise to let whatever will happen just happen.