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Turner: Bolts can’t assume troubles behind them

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by ChargerRay, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. ChargerRay

    ChargerRay #FireMcCoy #FireReich #FirePagano Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jun 20, 2005
    Source: Associated Press

    SAN DIEGO (AP)—It took 10 games for the San Diego Chargers to finally get their act together.

    Coach Norv Turner would like it to stay that way, considering that the Chargers are only 5-5 and haven’t been above .500 all season.

    With Philip Rivers matching his career high of four touchdown passes for the second straight game, the Chargers blew past the AFC West rival Denver Broncos 35-14 on Monday night for their third straight victory.

    Turner and Rivers both said it was the Chargers’ most complete game of the season.

    “We need to build on it. We need to do it back-to-back,” Turner said.

    Up next is Sunday night’s game at Indianapolis. The Chargers have beaten Peyton Manning and the Colts four times in their last five meetings dating to 2005, including consecutive years in the playoffs.

    The Chargers might continue to be without star tight end Antonio Gates, who has a painful tear in his right plantar fascia, and rookie running back Ryan Mathews, who has a high ankle sprain. They’re expected to be without wide receiver Patrick Crayton, whose big night ended when he hurt his left wrist at the end of a 40-yard touchdown reception.

    The Chargers did get Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson back on Tuesday. His three-game suspension on the roster exempt list ended when he was added to the active roster. He’d been placed on the list in August in a hardball move by general manager A.J. Smith to try to end a contract stalemate. Jackson reported on Oct. 29 to serve the suspension and then be available to play in the final six games to accrue a season toward unrestricted free agency.

    The Chargers got through Monday night’s game without any of the blunders that cost them during their 2-5 start. Rivers did throw an interception and fullback Mike Tolbert fumbled, but center Nick Hardwick recovered.

    And, in a remarkable turnaround, Mike Scifres—who’s had five punts blocked this year—pulled off a fake when he waited for Tolbert to get open, then threw a 28-yard completion. That set up Rivers’ 6-yard TD pass to Malcom Floyd that tied it at 7 in the first quarter.

    “We have to win the special teams battle and the turnover battle, and if we do that, we’re good enough in all three phases to go put a run together,” Turner said Tuesday. “To me, if you’ve had a problem in there and then you fix it, or think you’ve got it fixed, that’s a scary thing. You’ve got to make sure. We’ve got to have our best week in kickoff coverage and punt coverage in practice, because those things have been an issue for us, and we’ve just got to make sure our backs understand that if you put the ball on the ground, you’re putting the whole team in jeopardy.”

    Although he threw for a season-low 233 yards, Rivers continues to lead the NFL in yards passing with 3,177 and in touchdowns with 23.

    Rivers hasn’t flinched even though he’s often been without his favorite targets.

    “Our guys work hard at running the routes right and trying to run them the same, but he does a great job of putting all that out of his mind and just going out and playing,” Turner said. “He is very complimentary of the guys he has playing. What he’s done with Patrick has been phenomenal. I think that’s the best trait you can have in a quarterback, if you make everybody around you play better.”

    Turner didn’t have an update on Crayton’s status, saying only that he was being examined by a doctor.

    To make room for Jackson, the Chargers waived kicker Kris Brown. Brown filled in when Nate Kaeding missed three games with a groin injury.

    Turner thinks Jackson is ready to go.

    “Vincent’s been out here for three weeks. We’ve been banging him around and he’s been banging guys around, and he’s been jumping and catching the ball. I’m excited to have him back.”

    The Colts are 6-4 and coming off a 31-28 loss to New England. San Diego has dominated the rivalry, including a win at Indianapolis in the divisional playoffs after the 2007 season and a home overtime win in the wild-card round two seasons ago.

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