Head Coach Norv Turner answered a few questions about this year's schedule for Chargers.com Tuesday.
What is your initial reaction to your 2012 schedule?
"From our team’s standpoint and our fans’ standpoint, I don’t know that you could put together a more exciting schedule when you look at the number of great teams we play and when we play them. It presents some great opportunities for our team. I like the timing of the schedule coming out this week. We start our offseason program on Monday and I think it really gives our guys something to look forward to. It should give our guys great motivation."
You will play on the road in the second game of the Monday Night Football doubleheader to open the season for the third time in four years. What is your reaction to playing at Oakland in the season opener?
"The first thing I always look for is our division games – when we play them and the circumstance you’re under. So obviously that game will get the thing started, and it doesn’t get more exciting than playing the Raiders and playing in your division. It’s a great rivalry and it’s a real test when you go on the road for a Monday night game to open the season."
Fans will be excited about the matchup against Denver and Peyton Manning. Will playing them more than a month into the season give you a better idea of what their offense will look like in 2012?
"Yeah, I guess so. I think we’ll have a better idea of what they’re going to do. I expect them to be a combination of what they’ve done and what Peyton did in Indianapolis. The key games, the starting point is in your division and in your conference. I think this schedule presents a great opportunity for our team and what we’re going to accomplish."