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Chargers Lose to Saints: Questioning Norv Turner

By Ernie Padaon

do the macarena.. Chuck Cook – US PRESSWIRE

Maybe this should be a weekly post. Whether we win or lose, there always seems to be some instance in which we question what the heck Norv Turner is doing on the field?

Of course when we lose, the questions are even larger! So, let’s begin:

Why didn’t we give the ball to Ryan Mathews more in the game? Why did we abandon the running game completely? We only rushed the ball 18 times in the game, but averaged of 6.5 yards per carry! Keep feeding the ball to the running backs. Even old man Ronnie Brown was gaining yards on the ground in his 2 carries!

Ryan Mathews was successful running the ball down the Saints throats, but they stopped feeding him the rock. We should have ran that ball at least 30 times last night!

Early in the game, we are on the 2 yard line, THE TWO, and about to put seven on the board. On first down, Jackie Battle rumbled for 4 yards up the middle to get the team at the 2. Every Chargers fans figured that we would just give it to Battle again and he would jump over the pile for a score. Maybe Norv thought the defense was thinking the same, because he decided to be cute on 2nd and 3rd down. Battle is great at the goal line and we should have pounded it through! Sure, Meachem and Gates should have caught the ball also, but they didn’t! That is 4 points off the board!

On the Chargers very next possession, Chargers have a 3rd down on the New Orleans 28 and Philip Rivers gets sacked for 8 yards. A 47 yard field goal, turned into a 55 yard field goal attempt and it was missed. Maybe we should have ran the ball with that successful running game on 3rd down and maybe we should have punted that ball away.

I can’t get too pissed at Norv for that 2-minute drill, even though we really suck at it. That 2-minute drill was dead with the refs calling every positive gain back with a huge penalty. Someone does have to be blamed for not seeing that Jared Gaither was hobbling around though. Cris Collinsworth noticed it easily from the booth and knew that the game would end with a sack, but nobody on the Chargers sidelines saw anything. We didn’t notice Kris Dielman stumble around last season either with a concussion. Does anyone even look at the field?