SAN DIEGO –
But to hear Head Coach Norv Turner tell it, the Chargers would not be playing this well without Gaither. The 6-foot-9, 340-pound behemoth allows the entire right side of the line to stay intact and keeps
“Getting the continuity in that group, I think it’s helped our entire football team,” Turner said. “It’s had an impact on Philip (Rivers). It’s had an impact on
“We’ve run the ball in the last two games because of the continuity. I don’t think we’ve been put in as many negative situations, so we’ve certainly not turned the ball over and I think we’ve helped ourselves defensively because when you score points you’re able to take advantage of some things that maybe you can’t otherwise.”
Green now has five starts at left guard since replacing
“He’s not going to go in there and be Kris Dielman but he’s played at a high level and I thought he played better yesterday than he did against Jacksonville,” Turner said. “That’s encouraging. The more reps you get, the better you should play.”
San Diego’s numbers in the two games since Green and Gaither have occupied the left side of the line in place of Dielman and
• Seventy-five points.
• One turnover against four takeaways.
• Ryan Mathews: 226 rushing yards on 6.8 yards per carry, nine catches on nine targets.
“Jared Gaither, I gave him a game ball,” Turner said. “I did it based on what we’ve done offensively and the offensive line. When you watch the tape, he was deserving of a game ball. He played at a real high level. I don’t know where we’d be if we’d not (gotten) Gaither (three) weeks ago.”
The presence of
ROSTER UPDATE: The Chargers entered Sunday’s game with 52 players on its roster after releasing Ikechuku Ndukwe last week.
The extra slot didn’t mean much for the game – teams are allowed to activate just 46 on game days – but San Diego expects to add a 53rd player before the first practice of the week Wednesday, likely someone on the practice squad, Turner said.
Turner also indicated the team will plan to play without