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Turner tries to ensure Chargers stay focused

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Tuesday, November 24, 2009

    SAN DIEGO — Norv Turner is on edge.
    His Chargers have won five straight, emerging from a challenging three-game stretch that restored them as division leaders and emphatically placed them in the mix of Super Bowl contenders. They are back home. They are playing in all three phases the way they and everyone else expected they would.
    But Turner knows what lies ahead and what comes before his team even plays Sunday against Kansas City.
    “This is a hard week to prepare,” Turner said. “A lot is going on around our team right now. There are a lot of things that could distract us. My focus is going to be on making sure that doesn't happen.”
    To that end, he had the players in for meetings yesterday after giving them the previous two post-victory Mondays off.
    “I thought it was important, us getting back in,” Turner said. “We have a complicated week. There is a lot going on.”
    First, there is the matter of cornerback Antonio Cromartie being implicated in a nightclub skirmish early Monday morning and possibly facing charges. At the least, Turner and Chargers players faced as many questions about the incident yesterday as they did about their victory achieved in dominant fashion the previous day in Denver.
    While, to a man, the Chargers maintained they have often dealt well with this type of off-field issue, it started off an already busy week in a way they'd prefer it didn't.
    “It can be (a distraction),” quarterback Philip Rivers said. “The post- practice questions and things, having that take away from the opponent can be a distraction. It's us managing that.”
    The next six days feature the Chargers' annual blood drive today (which virtually every player attends for at least an hour), Thanksgiving (which is a shortened day of practice and meetings) and Friday's downtown block party celebrating the team's 50 greatest players of all time, including 11 current Chargers.
    That's before Sunday's game at Qualcomm Stadium against the Chiefs, who suddenly seem a little different than the team the Chargers routed 37-7 last month.
    The Chiefs have won two straight after beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 in overtime Sunday.
    If anything, the Chargers saw the Chiefs' victory as a potent reminder that work remains.
    “That was good for us,” left tackle Marcus McNeill said. “It was an eye- opener. Pittsburgh is a great team.”
    That would be the Pittsburgh that beat the Chargers 38-28 last month.
    “Obviously it says a lot about Kansas City's continued progress,” Rivers said. “They beat a Pittsburgh team, and we know what Pittsburgh did to us.”
    The Chargers can also thank the Chiefs and Oakland Raiders for further tightening the AFC playoff race. The Raiders beat the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. That drew the Chargers and Bengals into a virtual tie (along with New England) for the second seed in the playoffs, which would bring a first-round bye and a second-round home game.
    The Chargers and Bengals play Dec. 20 at Qualcomm Stadium in a game that ultimately could decide which team rests, watches and waits the first postseason weekend and which team has to play.
    Six weeks remaining in the regular season might be long enough that there is no use getting too excited about playoff seedings, but late November is an advanced enough state to start sizing up the competition.
    Turner acknowledged being aware of the playoff picture.
    “I think everyone when you get to this point in the season, around Thanksgiving, is,” he said. “But I do a pretty good job of not falling into that trap.”
    Before all that can even matter, six weeks remain in this season – beginning with a week Turner started by telling his team that focus is of the utmost importance and it is important to limit distractions.
    “There is no reason we won't be geared up and ready to go,” Rivers said. ”(But) it's a valid concern and something that needs to be paid attention to.”
  2. Holy_Bolt

    Holy_Bolt Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2007
    Norv owns this next win or lose...if we are not focused for any reason it is on Norv...time to see if he can lead this team for a full half of a season! I think he can do it!:tup:
  3. WonderSlug

    WonderSlug Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2005
    I blame the Chargers' front office for this. Doing all this during a shortened holiday week. :icon_evil:

    I mean, come on, they couldn't do the blood drive and the block party during the bye week? :icon_huh: :icon_shrug:
  4. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    word... this makes me mad...we don't need this right now...

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