Norv Turner is an NFL head coach who does not fit the mold customized for him.
He’s neither cheerleader nor librarian, floating somewhere in the middle with a coaching style all his own. In three previous seasons as head coach of the Chargers, Turner’s style has led to slow starts and fast finishes, roller coaster seasons in which his players never quit amid widespread criticism of their coach’s mannerisms.
The Chargers swear that they’re better in punt coverage and punt protection after a bye week’s worth of emphasis. We’ve heard this before, only to witness another special teams disaster. The Chargers must be perfect in this area and avoid negative plays in general to beat the Broncos.
To outsiders, the AFC West is one of the NFL’s weakest divisions.
The San Diego Chargers see it otherwise, preferring to think that it’s simply competitive.
Whatever the choice of words, the Chargers will continue to try to salvage their season when they host the Denver Broncos on Monday night.
Welcome to Same Diego.
It never seems to change. Each season the San Diego Chargers dig a hole for themselves, and each season they claw their way out, winning enough games to clinch the AFC West and reach the NFL postseason.
It’s time to let it go for now and commit to intensive counseling next spring and summer to assess (again) why the Chargers stink at September (and often October).
“You have a Denver team that I would imagine feels like we did a week or two ago, ‘Hey, we get on a little bit of a roll, we’re right in there,’” Philip Rivers said. “Everybody’s in it and there’s still a long way to go.”