Chargers coach Norv Turner met with the media Tuesday after watching film of the team’s total collapse in the second half of a 35-24 loss to the Broncos on Monday night.
The Chargers led 24-0 at halftime and then watched the Broncos score all their points in the second half with a lot of help from five turnovers by Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. Turner said Tuesday that he needs to “do a better job” if the Chargers are going to eliminate the turnovers that derailed them on Monday.
“It starts with the coaching,” Turner said, via the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The first change Turner plans to implement is reining in the offense when the team returns from its bye on Oct. 28 against the Browns. Less risk, less reward and, Turner hopes, fewer turnovers.
“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,” said Turner. “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.”
It might start with the coaching (and wind up ending Turner’s tenure in San Diego), but the step offered by Turner on Tuesday says that the quarterback isn’t far behind. You could say that he should have run Ryan Mathews more, not that there was all that much doing there, but Rivers still made terrible decisions and other players still executed badly.
Turning down the volume on the offense is about limiting Rivers’ chance to hurt the team with a turnover. After watching him do it 37 times in the last 22 games, there’s only question left to ask?
What took them so long to come to this conclusion?