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Inside Slant - 03/24/07

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. robdog

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    <p class="inside-copy"><img src="http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/chargers/images/070219norv_turner.jpg" title="Norv Turner" alt="Norv Turner" align="right" height="242" width="149" /> Norv Turner is hoping the Chargers' work in the dark comes through in light of game day.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> For some 90 minutes on most weekdays, the new Chargers coach and quarterback Philip Rivers dive into Turner's considerable vault of films. For 20 years, Turner has been splicing and dicing, taking the best of what the best do best.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> Over the past 20 years, Turner has compiled an extensive collection of training tapes.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> "We have shots of Henry Ellard, we have shots of Curtis Conway when he was a Charger, and shots of Jay Novacek running particular routes," Turner said. "We tell (Philip), 'This is how we want this play executed.' I think the players appreciate looking at how other guys do it."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> But football now is a different animal than years past, isn't it? Not so, Turner said.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> "They are useful because football really doesn't change that much," Turner said. "A 7-yard out pattern 20 years ago against a basic defense is still the same play in 2007."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> That's particularly true on pass plays.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> "It is especially important to see how a quarterback views the pattern," Turner said. "I think it adds to Philip's curiosity when he can look at it and say, 'This is how Trent Green or Doug Flutie throws that particular pass.'</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> "Every player has a little bit different style of doing it, but from the quarterback's standpoint, he wants the ball and the receiver to end up at the same place at the same time. That is the whole key for them."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> The whole purpose of Turner's exercise in the film room means showing how players and a team attacks particular situations.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> "It is not only looking at techniques, but also looking at schemes," Turner said. "If we have a certain blitz, this is where we want to throw the ball, those type of things."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"><strong>NOTES, QUOTES</strong></p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-Coach Norv Turner is anxious to keep the development of key young Chargers on the upswing. He mentioned QB Philip Rivers, WR Vincent Jackson and LT Marcus McNeill. "These guys have basically played one season, so to me the exciting thing is that the young players can get a lot better in terms of blocking, or running a specific pattern correctly, or making the right decision with passes," Turner said. "That is how you improve in this league, having the same guys do the same things over and over, only better."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-For the second time this offseason, the Chargers are mourning the passing of one of their all-time greats. Ernie Wright, an original member of the franchise, died of cancer on March 14. He was 67. Wright's death comes on the heels of losing DT Ernie Ladd. The AFL and Chargers Hall of Famer lost a three-year battle to cancer on March 12. According to Howard Wright, Ernie's son, his father's top salary was $78,000. "He thought that was more money than he would ever need in his life," Howard Wright said.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-Since returning from the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, Turner and his staff have almost completed the playbook. "The terminology and the system is 80 to 85 percent intact," Turner said. "There are a couple of areas where we have been able to condense and abbreviate things in an attempt to make it clearer.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-Special teams dynamo Carlos Polk - who also started three games last year when Shawne Merriman was suspended for steroids - signed a two-year deal." This is a big move for us because we wanted Carlos to return and we were able to make that happen," general manager A.J. Smith told reporters. "Had Carlos left, depth at outside linebacker would have been a bit of a concern for us. His signing is a tremendous help in that area, plus he's a top-notch special teams player. We're thrilled that it worked out."</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-The team has started its offseason workouts, which will run four days a week for 14 weeks.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"><strong>QUOTE TO NOTE:</strong> "I showed Philip a few pages out of the playbook, and he was surprised at how similar it was." - Coach Norv Turner after meeting with QB Philip Rivers regarding next year's offense.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy"><strong>STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL</strong></p>
    <p class="inside-copy"> MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">TRANSITION PLAYER: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Randall Godfrey could return, if he doesn't retire.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Az-Zahir Hakim could come back and supply depth to a questionable wide receiving corps.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-OT Leander Jordan's time has likely come and gone.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-S Terrence Kiel became a free agent when team declined to buy back voidable '07 and '08 contract years.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-RB Michael Turner (tendered at $2.35M with 1st- and 3rd-round picks as compensation) will be back as an insurance policy for LaDainian Tomlinson. However, if the right deal appeared, he could be moved in a trade.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">PLAYERS RE-SIGNED</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-DT Ryon Bingham: ERFA; teams unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Greg Camarillo: ERFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-OG Kris Dielman: UFA; $39M/6 yrs, $18M guaranteed.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Malcom Floyd: ERFA; terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Marques Harris: ERFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-OT Cory Lekkerkerker: ERFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Shaun Phillips: Potential RFA; 6 yrs, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Carlos Polk: UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-DE Derreck Robinson: ERFA; terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-C Cory Withrow: UFA: 3 yrs, terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">PLAYERS ACQUIRED: None.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">PLAYERS LOST</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Donnie Edwards: UFA Chiefs; $13.5M/3 yrs, $7.5M SB.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-LB Steve Foley (released).</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-TE Ryan Krause: Not tendered as RFA/Browns; terms unknown.</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-WR Keenan McCardell (released).</p>
    <p class="inside-copy">-TE Aaron Shea (released).</p>
     

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