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Turner: Their record speaks for themselves

Posted Dec 5, 2012

Head coach Norv Turner


Opening statement:

“The one thing we did with our players today, we give them a monthly award of player of the month in offense, defense and kicking game. Mike Scifres was the player of the month for special teams. He had a great November. He punted as well as any guy I’ve been around for an extended period of time. He is fighting through a groin strain. As he is doing that, he punts during the week. You just talked to Eric (Weddle). I think he has had a great November and had played extremely well. Offensively Danario Alexander has come on and had over 300 yards during the month of November in receiving and has made a lot of big plays for us.”

On the starting offensive line this week:

“Honestly we are working through it right now. Some of it depends on Michael Harris, where he is in terms of his recovery. He has made progress. We are working through it today, but (Reggie) Wells worked today at right tackle. (Kevin) Haslam worked at left and right tackle.”

On the thought that Philip Rivers should not play if the offensive line is not healthy:

“I think we are going into Pittsburgh and if you look at their last four games, they have played Baltimore twice, Cleveland and Kansas City. They were in one-score games with those teams. They lost to Baltimore by three like we did and they beat Baltimore by three. They lost to Cleveland by seven and they beat Kansas City by three. Obviously we have not been able to get over the hump, but those scores are very similar to the scores we had with Cleveland, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Kansas City. We are going to do everything we can to go win a game. As I said, our guys have competed and done a lot of good things to get us into those games late in the fourth quarter or in overtime.  We have to find a way to make the play we have to make to win a game.”

On having replacements on the offensive line that have previously been involved with the system:

“It is the only way you can go. There are not a lot of guys out there right now and there are teams looking for guys. Having guys who are familiar, who know our guys and can line up and execute assignments, understand the assignments in a four day period, which is probably the best you can do.”

On thinking he would have a need for all three replacement offensive linemen in one week:

“It is an unusual circumstance, but we went through it last year during the middle of the year and did bring in a couple guys that we did not have in camp. These guys are competitive and I think they look forward to the opportunity to play. They are going to get on a plane Friday and Sunday they are going to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers. I don’t know that you can ask for a better situation than that.”

On the final games being helpful to younger guys for next year if the team does not make it to the playoffs:

“Every time you get a chance to line up, compete and play, you are going to get something out of it. If you are a veteran guy, older guy, a guy who this may be your last four games, you can leave the field and leave the game feeling good about yourself, which is a positive. We have a lot of young guys. Shareece Wright is a great example. Everyone is asking for Shareece and he is getting an opportunity to play. He has shown he has got some upside and he has a lot of work to do to be a good player.”

On what makes the Pittsburgh defense so consistently good:

“They have a good foundation. I think Mike Tomlin is as good a coach as there is in terms of putting things together. Their defensive coordinator and defensive staff, their record speaks for themselves. As I said the other day, when we put up their depth chart, nine of their starters started against us in 2009. They are 7-11-year guys. They have great continuity. They have done a great job putting guys in behind those guys to give them depth. They just continue to play at a high level. They have an outstanding scheme and they have very good pass rushers which is what you need in this league.”

On what makes Steelers tight end Heath Miller so successful:

“He is an awfully good player and a complete player. He runs, he blocks and he catches. He is the perfect fit for their scheme.”


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