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Turner Intent on Eliminating Turnovers
Just a little over 12 hours following their gut-wrenching loss to the Denver Broncos, head coach Norv Turner addressed the media and vowed he’d make the necessary changes needed to get the Bolts back on the right track.
“The thing right now that is keeping us from winning games has been the big negative play, and in this game it was the turnovers,” he said.
The Chargers committed six turnovers against Denver, including five in the second half. For the season, they’ve turned the ball over 14 times, which is the fourth most in the NFL. Turner knows the team needs to cut down on them in order to be successful, and will dedicate a large portion of his time this week finding a solution to reduce them.
“We’re going to eliminate them,” he said. “We can eliminate them. We’ve done that in the past. That will be our complete focus as we go through this bye. And there’s a lot of different ways that we’ll handle that in terms of looking at the things that are keeping us from finishing the game. We’ve been a big play team and an (attacking) team, but we’ve got to find a way to keep that part of our game and again eliminate the negative plays.”
One way he plans on cutting down on those turnovers is by calling safer plays, limiting the amount of times they go for the big gain and opt for safer routes.
“The things that we’re having problems with, we may eliminate. It may mean we’re a little bit more conservative...The things that we’re having a tough time with we are going to limit. I have to do a better job to make sure we put things in there and are calling things that have less risk. They may not have as big a reward. We may not be quite the same big play team, but we’re not going to turn the ball over.”
Clearly, Turner is emphasizing improving the team’s passing game as a whole from the top down. That includes the coaches, Philip Rivers and the play of the offensive line.
“There’s some things in terms of play selection we’re talking about as a staff (that need to change),” he said. “There’s some things with Philip and his technique, and getting him back up in the pocket, and we need to continue to get better along the offensive line in terms of protection.”
Still, despite their struggles with turnovers and dropping the previous two decisions in a heart-breaking manner, Turner remains optimistic about where his team is headed.
“Through most of our last two games, we played at an awfully high level. Competitive. Physical. Attacking. And we’re letting four or five plays change the entire game… Our players care an awful lot. They’re as disappointed and frustrated as all our fans out there. Our staff feels the same way. But I believe there’s a strong determination between the players and the coaches, and that’s what gives me optimism and belief that we will get this problem fixed.”