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Turner pleased with Rivers, O-Line

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Chargers running back Darren Sproles may have deservedly walked away with most of the pats on the back following his 102-yard performance Monday night, but Head Coach Norv Turner made sure Tuesday to hand out some praise to the guys who helped Sproles get to the century mark.

    “I thought that’s the best we’ve played in the preseason in the last two years as an offensive line,” Turner said. “I was very impressed with what our guys did against a very quick and I think a good seven-man front. We ran the ball well. Sproles obviously ran the ball well but he had a lot of room to do it in so that was good.”

    As a team, the Chargers are averaging 4.8 yards per carry this preseason. That’s without any real long runs. Sproles’ 24-yard carry Monday night was the longest of the preseason.

    “Those guys are so good,” Sproles said Monday night following the game. “There were a few times (Monday night) where I didn’t get touched until I was in the secondary. That makes things easy.”

    Turner was pleased with the play of his entire line, but was particularly complementary of L.J. Shelton, who continues to fill in for Marcus McNeill.

    “Early in camp I think L.J. was still struggling a little bit with the change in system, terminology and all that,” Turner said. “He had his best game against a very good football player, a guy that had given his last two opponents a real tough time. I was really impressed with the way L.J. performed and his production in the game.”

    The offensive line play was one of a handful of areas that Turner liked Monday night. Quarterback Philip Rivers played nearly three quarters and completed 11-of-21 passes. Rivers was able to buy time with his feet and wasn’t sacked Monday night.

    “I was excited and very pleased about the way Philip moved around,” Turner said. “I think that’s the biggest test you have when you’re coming off the type of surgery that Philip had. Can you move with that naturalness, that fluidness, and be your old self sitting in the pocket and throwing and doing the things we do in practice?’”

    Turner also gave a nod of approval to the way his team performed in the kicking game.

    “We continue to do an outstanding job on special teams,” Turner said. “Our kickoff coverage is outstanding right now. We have a lot of guys who are fighting hard to be a factor in that, and Nate is kicking the ball extremely well.”

    While Chargers starters played into the third quarter Monday night, they’re not likely to see much action in the preseason finale in San Francisco on Friday. Turner said Tuesday that tight end Antonio Gates will not play against the 49ers.

    Others could see some action simply because they need the work, such as wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who played in the preseason for the first time Monday, and defensive tackle Jamal Williams, who hasn’t seen any action this August.

    “There’s certain guys that we need to protect and there’s certain guys that we need to get ready to play in the opener,” Turner said. “You mentioned a couple guys I would anticipate Vincent playing some and if Jamal is ready to go I would love to play him some.”

    Feeling good

    Linebacker Jyles Tucker was the only injury the Chargers reported Monday night and the second-year pro was feeling fine after spending some time with the Bolts athletic training staff Tuesday morning.

    “Tucker could have gone back in if it were a regular season game,” Turner said.

    McNeill, who has missed all three preseason games with a stinger, will not play Friday but Turner is optimistic he’ll be ready for the regular-season opener against Carolina.

    Chargers.com
     
  2. Retired Catholic

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    We get a backfield with both LT and Sproles in, the defense won't know whether to crap or go blind. LT can throw to sproles, he can run the option and Sproles appears to be strong enough to be an effective blocker because of his extreme quickness. These guys could block for each other since the blocks don't have to crush anyone, just slow the dude down for half a step. Their speed and quickness make them a unique pair. Then their are the formations that will include Hester or Tolbert. With either one of them. We have atleast four running backs that give us different looks for every situation we'll face.

    The passing attack, with an apparently healthy Gates is what it is. The defense just has to begin tackling for the picture to be complete.
     
  3. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

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    Are you honestly saying LT will be a fullback blocker for Sproles or vice-versa? I highly doubt that Sproles and LT will ever be in formation together as RB's. Maybe LT or Sproles at WR but not RB.
     
  4. reddenedbeard

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    I could see a 2 back set brought back .. whether you put one of the RBs out in the slot .. Sproles is starting to prove that this guy belongs in this league. Certainly not the bubble player that he was at the end of camp last year.. :yes:
     
  5. Retired Catholic

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    Not at fullback, but at the classic two back set. Not the I, but an occasional variant of the T or like Reddenbeards says, in the slot.
     
  6. Aggieman

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    So, the old-school 1-2 punch or something more like New Orleans. Typical Charger offense usually had one feature back and one spell running back. The two were never likely to be on the field at the same time. I'm pretty sure Norv helped perfect that plan when he was our OC so he obviously likes it and will keep it that way. Besides why have sproles out there at all when you've got Ladanian Tomlinson?
     

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