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Turner Pleased with Bolts Performance
Just a tad over 12 hours after his team kicked off the 2012 season with a resounding win over the Oakland Raiders, not much changed in the mind of head coach Norv Turner.
He was pleased by the effort, energy and competitiveness put forth by his football team, especially some of the new additions.
“Looking at the number of guys who played a role in the game, were able to contribute and were a part of us having success in all three phases (impressed me),” he said during his weekly press conference. “Some of it you kind of forget the contributions guys made, but from (Robert) Meachem catching the deep ball on the second drive, it kind of got us going. And Eddie Royal made plays to contribute. And defensively, (Atari) Bigby I thought had an outstanding game. And we’ve already talked about Mike Harris, the young guy going in. And you think you know what’s going to happen, and I had a lot of confidence in him, but he still had to go do it.”
While he was pleased with the Bolts’ performance, Turner knows this is only the beginning and that the team has a long way to get to where it wants to be.
“it was a great thing in the locker room and I think it’s something we can build on,” he explained. “It’s something that when our guys watch this tape, they’ll see we can get a lot better in a lot of areas. And we need to get a lot better real fast. So that gives you that energy and that excitement we’re looking for.”
Besides the new additions, Turner was also thrilled with the way the defense played, and the way his coaches adjusted throughout the course of the game to clamp down on the Raiders offense.
“I thought our defensive staff did a great job of, as the game went on, figuring out what the Raiders were trying to do,” he said. “They got us in the right position to make plays and the guys did a good job adjusting. We tackled well throughout the game. One of the things we talked about was getting more guys who can make game changing plays, and one of the examples is Melvin Ingram causing the fumble…It was a hustle play, an effort play and it’s what we talked about. He’s a big man who is very quick and very physical. His presence was felt on that play and obviously that was a big turnover for us.”
Offensively, Turner admitted he would like to see the team do a better job running the ball. Still, he’s not overly worried about their shortcomings on the ground and was particularly happy with the way the Bolts used their short passing game to counteract their struggles rushing
“I never jump to too many conclusions based on one game and one where we ended up getting 20 carries,” he said. “I thought we did a lot of good things up front. We’re not as consistent as we need to be. There were two or three plays where I thought we had the play blocked for more yards than we got if we made good cuts. It’s always a culmination of different things. But one of the things going into the game was to use our short passing game as our running game and we had a lot more four, six, eight yard passes than we normally have. And that was by design because we wanted to put some pressure off our backs and off our offensive line.”
At the end of the day, the Chargers are one of 16 teams to be 1-0 after the first week of the season. Now they will review the game tape and look to make it 2-0 when they host the Tennessee Titans in their home opener. Tickets still remain for this Sunday’s game as the Chargers look to make it a White Hot Sunday. Click here for more information.