The San Diego Chargers had maybe one of the worst games that the team has ever had on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. But after the game the sports media went crazy reporting on how the team did not work and Ryan Matthews had butter fingers and Antonio Gates missed big opportunities to score.
So, in return, Chargers head coach Norv Turner spoke to the media and in his opening statement showed his disapproval of the negative coverage towards the team and used other teams to prove that his team is not bad and just needs to improve and find its way.
“You guys don’t think we pay attention to what you say and what teams you pick to win and lose and how you rate teams. I am aware of that and I think back to when the season started and obviously the (New York) Giants were picked as one of the top power ranked teams and obviously they lost on opening day. All the sudden they have a lot of issues, then the New England Patriots became the best team and now they’ve lost two in a row. The next week the 49ers. Last week a knowledgeable guy said they are the best team in the NFL in the last 10 years and then they had a rough day yesterday.”
The media in attendance, also asked about improvements the team is making and what the coach is expecting of the team and Coach Turner had no problems answering everyone.
“I don’t know that anyone knows where their team is right now, it’s early. As I said yesterday, we have a lot of new parts. I’m upset we didn’t play the way we played against Tennessee. I said after the Tennessee game where we had those stretches in the middle where we struggled, we’re still searching to find who we are and play together. That was evident yesterday that we have a lot of work to do, to get everyone on the same page. We had stretches in the game where we were on the same page yesterday and there were parts that looked like we’re a good football team but there weren’t enough parts. That’s something that will be ongoing with us. We’re going to work as hard as we can to get it fixed and get it right. I came in here Friday morning and said I thought Thursday’s practice was the best practice we’ve had out here in the last two years. I think the things we need to do, we’re doing, we just need to have it show up on Sunday at a high level.”
Members of the media as well as the public were very open in regards to the mistakes that the team made in holding onto the ball and he knew that and knows that the team need to improve on taking care of the ball and make sure that fumbles like Ryan Matthews had on the goal line does not happen in the future.
“The number one issue we have which is an occurring issue, we’ve got to take care of the ball. If we turn the football over we’re not going to beat a team like Atlanta. That’s got to be our primary objective and goal going into our next game. We’ve got to protect the football and end our drive with some form of a kick, a punt, a field goal or an extra point. If we can do that, it will help our entire team play better. The two other issues in this game that we have worked hard on, is our ability to protect the quarterback and our ability to pressure the quarterback. Those are going to be the two key things for our season other than turnovers. In the first two games we were able to pressure the quarterback and in this game we weren’t. We have to get better at protecting the quarterback.”
So Coach Turner knows where the team is lacking at this moment and he is finding ways to improve the way his team goes about fixing the taking care of the ball as well as protecting the teams quarterback in Phillip Rivers. Protecting him to give him the time he needs to make calls that will get the team down the field and into the red zone for the score.