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Turner: They present a real challenge

Posted Nov 28, 2012

Norv Turner talks to the media after practice

Head Coach Norv Turner

 

On some previously injured players returning to practice today:

“We had a good session today. We adjusted our schedule a little bit so we could get some guys on the practice field that if we had a full speed (practice) and did everything we would normally do on a Wednesday, they would not participate. I thought we got a lot of good things done mentally. Defensively we played 91 snaps on Sunday. Offensively we had close to 70. There are a couple things we have to do to get our guys back physically and certainly mentally.”

On what recently re-signed wide receiver Michael Spurlock can do for the team:

“He is familiar with what we do. He was here for a long time in terms of training camp and the start of the season. We’ve got a lot of guys beat up so he can come in and help us.”

On the general mood in the locker room:

“I thought it was good today. I thought it was very businesslike. Mentally, we got the things done that we needed to get done. Tomorrow we will get out and have a normal Thursday practice and pick up the tempo to get our energy back.”

On increasing wide receiver Vincent Brown’s activity:

“He is doing more on the side. We are getting to a point where you have to look at it and say, ‘well what is the upside if he is able to come back and go? When does he actually get to where he can run routes? We are ways away from him having to make that decision.’”

On what the team will do at the strong safety position:

Brandon Taylor will fit in there. We will give him some opportunities. Corey Lynch will play in there initially. Hopefully we can get a little rotation going.”

On the Chargers matching up better against the Bengals than Ravens:

“Every team provides different things. This team has great speed offensively on the outside that is a real challenge. We will have to do a good job of containing their big-play ability. They are first or second in the league in sacks. They are just behind Denver and they are very physical and fast in the defensive front. Those two issues, we’ll have to manage. They will present a real challenge. It is a different matchup than Baltimore.”

On linebacker Bront Bird being able to play on special teams quickly:

“Bront has been a special teams guy. He played the second half of the year and played at a high level in the kicking game. He has the ability to play a number of linebacker positions, where obviously we are getting very, very thin.”

On linebacker Jonas Mouton being in a situation where he can contribute:

“He is going to get an opportunity. He took reps today and he will be in the mix with those guys.”

On Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton:

“I think he is outstanding. He does not look like a young player. He has great confidence. He really has some guys that he can get the ball to and they do a great job of separating and getting open. They have done a great job of utilizing their personnel. They have one of the premiere receivers in the league and they do a good job of isolating him and getting him the ball.”

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