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Team Report: Inside Slant

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Norv Turner's ears are as keen as his ability to draw up offensive plays.
    He hears the talk. He hears the chatter about being handed the Chargers job despite being a two-time loser (58-82-1) as an NFL head coach. He can decipher the yakking about being nothing more than a lap dog for demanding general manager A. J. Smith.
    Shout out that same refrain to general manager A. J. Smith and he disagrees. He brushes off comments that he settled for Turner, and that his first head-coaching hire was a safe pick.

    "Safe pick doesn't mean anything to me," Smith said. "It was the right pick. I don't categorize them."

    But Smith's choice did little to ease the fears in a Charger Nation all too familiar with Turner's mishaps in Washington and Oakland. Chargers fans, to put it lightly, have done little more than shrug over Smith's surprising pick.

    "The fans shrug all the time," Smith added. "They shrugged when I was (named) general manager, they shrugged when Drew Brees left town. People shrug. They just want a winner, so we will see if we can do that."

    Turner is upbeat that the Chargers will have a seamless transition with him. The offensive playbook the Chargers still lug around is the one Turner once plopped in their lap some six off seasons ago.

    Cam Cameron, the Chargers' offensive coordinator after Turner left in 2001, has done little tinkering with Turner's scheme. Why should he? That offense led the league in scoring last year.

    "The offense I installed (in 2001) is the one we run," Turner said. "Cam Cameron worked for me for three years in Washington and he's done a great job with these players. I think those are things we can build on.

    "I know when players come into that first minicamp, they're going to run the same things -- the ones who have been here for five years -- they're going to run the same things they've been running for five years. Talking to some of the players (recently), there's certainly a comfort level and a relief. The staff is in place and I think in those areas we're going to hit the ground running. "

    He better. The Chargers are anticipating a deep run in the playoffs, something Schottenheimer couldn't do despite his considerable regular-season success.
     
  2. Lightning's Girl

    Lightning's Girl Mod Chick =) Staff Member Moderator

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    Damn straight. We'd better go all the way this time---there is just no excuse for choking in the playoffs the way we did last year, we have WAY too much talent out there on the field. If Turner can't deliver with the caliber of players we have, his days as HC should be numbered.
     
  3. cranberry

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    I don't have fear about Turner's numbers. He can run the offence like it has been the last 6 years. But he and his team have to create some surprising plays into next year's gamebook. And it's the team,
    who has to execute this. At least championship game.

    we'll see us next January.:bolt2:
     
  4. Lightning's Girl

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    Yeah, I'd like to see a little more variety in the play-calling.......it's gotta be pretty predictable if I can sit at home and know exactly what the offense will do next. It's a testament to the awesomeness of our offense that we scored as much as we did last year........but they really do need to shake up the plays.
     

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