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Turner has mixed emotions in Pro Bowl

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Casey Pearce
    Posted 13 minutes ago
    1 - 28 - 2010

    Norv Turner will be guiding the AFC squad in Sunday’s Pro Bowl for the second time as a head coach. This year it’s being played BEFORE the Super Bowl in Miami.

    Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner has been a part of four Pro Bowl staffs, two as an assistant with the Los Angeles Rams and now for the second time as a head coach as he and the Chargers’ coaches are in Miami to guide the AFC team in Sunday’s Pro Bowl.
    The opportunity is normally one he enjoys, but with this year’s Pro Bowl being played a week before the Super Bowl and just two weeks after the Chargers’ season came to an end, this experience has caused mixed emotions for Turner.
    “This game is a good game and it’s good to be around this caliber of players,” Turner said. “Under the circumstance though, this week is difficult. Our season ended just two weeks ago. That part of it is hard.”
    Turner and the entire Chargers coaching staff are leading the AFC team, and San Diego’s video staff, athletic training staff and equipment staff are also in Miami working with the team. Four Chargers players – guard Kris Dielman[​IMG], tight end Antonio Gates[​IMG], wide receiver Vincent Jackson[​IMG] and special teams ace Kassim Osgood[​IMG] – will participate in Sunday’s game, which airs at 2:30 PST on ESPN.
    “It’s a good event,” Turner said. “It’s great for the players. I think it’s a good event for the fans. The players get a lot of exposure and contact with the fans. Those things are all positive.”
    Disappointed for Kaeding
    Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding[​IMG] was voted to the Pro Bowl but won’t play after injuring his quadriceps in the team’s first practice Wednesday afternoon. Turner is disappointed for his kicker.
    “It was hard,” Turner said. “He came down here and wanted to go kick well. All of us want to move on (from the playoff loss) and it’s disappointing that he had the injury.”
    Kaeding was replaced by Miami’s Dan Carpenter.
    Scene and heard
    Both the AFC and NFC squads are practicing at Ft. Lauderdale’s St. Thomas Aquinas High School this week. St. Thomas Aquinas is a football powerhouse in South Florida and was named 2008 National Champions by Maxpreps. The school’s alumni include Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin.
    -Practices last roughly an hour and a half and have a more relaxed pace than regular-season ones.
    “It’s serious in terms of getting ready,” Turner said. “There’s not a lot of physical exertion going on, but mentally they’re getting the reps and getting ready to play.”
    During the AFC’s special teams drills Thursday, offensive and defensive linemen were having fun participating in one-on-one passing drills in the end zone.
    -Like they do in the game, each player wears his respective team’s helmet in practice, while AFC defenders wear white jerseys and offensive players wear red ones. For the NFC, defenders wear white while offensive players don blue jerseys.
    -Practices are closed to the public but a large contingency of national and local media gathered on the sidelines for practice. There were a few hundred fans lining the fences of the stadium and regularly cheered, particularly when Ochocinco acknowledged them on several occasions.
  2. BoltzRule

    BoltzRule Well-Known Member

    Jun 4, 2006
    Why is Turner coaching it? Didn't it use to be the loser of the Championship game? Which would have meant Ryan. They must have changed it.
  3. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    Ryan over dosed on Twinkies

  4. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

    Aug 20, 2006
    It's ok Norv. Nobody will be watching.
  5. Kwak

    Kwak ....

    May 25, 2006
    That changed with the format of the PB game being played after the Conf Championship games I would guess.

    Maybe it was a coin toss between Turner and Harbaugh. :icon_shrug:
  6. Lightning_Dynasty

    Lightning_Dynasty Well-Known Member

    Jan 15, 2010
    The "honor" of coaching the PB team goes to the highest seed to not make it to the Conference Championship game. That be Turner. The NFL figured that one week would not be enough for a coach to prepare what is really a new team for the game. So yeah... It's all cause they idiotically moved the PB.

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