|It seems like Norv Turner thinks he might be in trouble. (US Presswire)|
In much the same way Eagles coach Andy Reid is trying to save his job -- firing Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo when it could be argued successfully that Philadelphia's defense wasn't the team's biggest problem -- Chargers coach Norv Turner is attempting to salvage his employment by making a philosophical change.
On Monday, after spending time looking over the tape of his team's mistakes in the devastating 35-24 letdown against the Broncos, Turner said he's going to start ripping out pages from the team's offensive playbook.
“Yes, we are going to limit some things we're doing, and I've got to do a better job and make sure we put things in there, and then we're calling things that have less risk,” Turner said, via UT San Diego. “They may not have as big of a reward. We may not be quite the same big-play team, but we're not going to turn the ball over.”
Is the offensive playbook, though, the real culprit here? After all, the Chargers put up 24 points in the first half against Denver and seemingly had the game in hand, and though San Diego ranks 24th in the league in average yards per game, the team's average of 24.7 points ranks 14th. Sure, it's not great, but the defense is nearly as mediocre in the league rankings.
The problem with the Chargers in the past two weeks has been their inability to hold a lead -- they allowed New Orleans to come back from a 10-point, second-half deficit, and Denver scored 35 unanswered points to embarrass the Chargers -- and turnovers (the team's nine interceptions are third-most in the league).
Will limiting the offense help that? Maybe, maybe not.
“If we break it down ... in terms of play selection as a staff, there's some things with Philip [Rivers] in his technique and get him back up in the pocket -- and then we need to continue to get better in the offensive line with our protection,” Turner said.
“… What I've got to do, and then what we've got to do collectively, is look hard at the plays that we're having a tough time with it, and then manage it.”
Sure, maybe Turner isn't going to comment on his employment status but it's clear he feels the need to do something. Which makes him seem desperate. Not to mention knowledgeable that he might really be in trouble if he can't fix this San Diego mess.
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