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And the Game Ball Goes to….

Posted by Nicoletta Ruhl on December 9, 2012 – 12:53 PM

After a resounding 34-24 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Coach Norv Turner decided his game ball would go to Reggie Wells and Kevin Haslam.

Haslam took over for Jeromey Clary in last week’s game and started at the left tackle position. Wells was signed just earlier this week and started at right tackle, this being his first game of 2012 and first start since 2010. Haslam on the other hand was starting for the first time in his career.

Haslam and Wells were called upon at the 11th hour to fill voids of an ailing Chargers offensive line and they did just that.

Another game ball was dished out in the locker room, but this one was given by Chairman of the Board and President Dean Spanos to Coach Turner as a result of securing the franchise’s first win in Pittsburgh, as well as scoring the most points against them. The team was ecstatic to see their Coach be honored.


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26 Responses to “And the Game Ball Goes to….”

  1. By BADJESUS on Dec 9, 2012 | Reply

    WELL DONE CHARGERS,i wish could see that kind of performance at the last passed weeks.and certainly these win make me happy as Chargers fan.any way I still thinking that AJ got to go ,Norv and Rivers??????

  2. By Michael on Dec 9, 2012 | Reply

    clearly, what the win in Pittsburgh shows is that with a stable o-line, bolts can win. Rivers and norm arnt the problem, and never have been. AJ on the other hand…?

  3. By upset fan on Dec 9, 2012 | Reply

    The win was nice but to little to late. AJ and Norv must go.

  4. By Charger Greg on Dec 9, 2012 | Reply

    Go Bolts!!!

  5. By Charger Greg on Dec 9, 2012 | Reply

    @upset retarded fan: Were you home schooled by honey boo boo’s mother?. It’s TOO little TOO late. Let me guess after ONE comes TO right? lol. Go be a Raider fan please.

  6. By Happy Fan (to offset the upset one) on Dec 9, 2012 | Reply

    Am I getting this right!?!?! Norv Turner is the Chargers most winning coach. If they win the rest of their games, he has never had a losing season, and he is now THE ONLY Charger coach to EVER beat Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh during the regular season, and we want to fire him?!?!?!

    Those who think he can’t win, how did he take us to the AFC Championship a few years ago? Clearly he can win if he has talent, but not having an offensive line for two years, and not having receivers the year before that (remember Rivers throwing to 17 different players) will make any coach look bad. When are people going to realize that Norv doesn’t bring stars down; he coaches what he’s got and can make average players look great.

  7. By MissouirBoltfan on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Happy Fan. You are absolutely right. The statistics support Norv and Rivers to remain in San Diego, as do I. Unfortunately, more often than not, emotions, not statistics, drive the major decisions at the head office level. What we need is a front office that is going to fill the field (backups too) with the talent that they can both work with week after week to consistantly put winning scores on the board. This is starting to remind me of the Steve Ortmeyer days. No matter how hard the team works or what kind of game plan is in place, you just can”t win when you are allowing your best, fastest and toughest players to go elsewhere. I am TERRIFIED that A.J will run Rivers off as well. KEEP Norv Turner and Phillip Rivers and run A.J out of town. Lets hire a G.M with some REAL football sense and do what we have to do to acquire and KEEP some real talent for those guys to work with. Off the soap box now. Game ball to Norv Turner.

  8. By Chris Miller on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    @ happy fan: I agree with you not to fire norv but get your facts right the bolts didnt make it to the championship game. They lost to the jets in the divional round 20-17 I believe.

  9. By XFAN on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Well leave it to the chargers to win the Most – Lose games there is Nothing to gain by a win at this point the chargers are just spoilers they are spoiling there chanch at a better team next year buy stuffing their draft pic choices and the only one to win from any win from this point FWD is norve & Co. “Who MUST GO” yet may not if they can add their meaningless wins to the years loss record
    chargers it’s time to Move On be it away from the Daz of trading off talent and Not putting product on the field or Just Get Out of TOWN so you can build a team that people wouldn’t want you to move away (that is what you are trying to avoid these daz arn’t you – YES)

  10. By XFAN on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Please read above –> MUST – Lose games not Most :-0

  11. By bagelboy99 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    It’s been a frustrating year, but when you see the effort the players put forth for Norv Turner, it really makes you realize that maybe he should stick around a bit longer. I think AJ has both built and decimated this team. He identifies amazing talent, but then won’t pay them once they perform. I’m not saying he should’ve kept everyone, but when your players realize that the “payday” for them will never come, why should they stick around? I’d be curious to see how well Norv would do with a GM who cares more about building a GREAT team and not one who services his own ego.

  12. By joe connor on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    nice win this team might be alot of things,but one thing i know is they are a team with characterand pride.I don’t know if they play for norv as much as for each other.as far as aj goes we had an owner with the same problem some years back would not reward players for playing well.so they went to sanfran. and won a super bowl.the mans name GENE KLIEN. AJ MUST GO AND HE MUST GO NOW!!!!!!!!

  13. By mike freeman on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    @ chris miller- sd did go to afc championship game a few yrs. ago vs. pats. you need to get your facts straight!

  14. By arose4yu on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    They did go to the AFC Championship but that was with Marty S. not Norv T.

  15. By trodriguez61charger on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Arose once again youre wrong they went to AFC championship in Turners first year, Marty to my knowledge never won a playoff game when in San Diego which was always the knock on him. also i agree with the comparsions to Gene Klein. Except its been a slow bleed this time. So many quality offensive players have got away the past 6 years its just a crying shame

  16. By discj234 on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    sorry guys but I have been watching the chargers for 30 years and this is the worst. Do u remember a couple of games ago when norv tried to talk to rivers and rivers waved him off, cant happen. Besides this is typical chargers stink up the place and then win the last games. Sorry Norv must go and take rivers with him
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  17. By Happy Fan (to offset the upset one) on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Chris Miller and arose4yu, how can you forget Norv’s first year when he took the Chargers to the AFC Championships….the famous game against the undefeated Pats in New England where LT sat like an immature child on the sidelines with his visor down because he was knocked out with an injury while Rivers valiantly tried to play with a torn ACL. Granted LT was frustrated because of the injury, but some argue that was the game that transferred the team leadership from LT to Rivers,

    By the way Marty was a great regular season coach, but sadly he couldn’t win a playoff game to save his life. It doesn’t matter if it was the Browns, Chiefs, or Chargers. His playoff record was 5 – 13 (Norv won 4 just with the Chargers) That is why the NFL Network ranked Marty as the best coach who could never win the big one.

  18. By Bryce Spilman on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Norv has some pretty brilliant offensive schemes here and there. However, that being said.. the Chargers need a Head coach that disciplines the team. Discipline is what keeps you from giving up 5 fourth quarter leads. If we could have had Norv as an offensive coordinator, and someone like Jon Gruden as the Head coach, we’d be a pretty damn good football team. But That can’t happen now. It’s unfortunate, but Norv still needs to go.

  19. By Bryce Spilman on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    Norv has some pretty brilliant offensive schemes here and there. However, that being said.. the Chargers need a Head coach that disciplines the team. Discipline is what keeps you from giving up 5 fourth quarter leads. If we could have had Norv as an offensive coordinator, and someone like Jon Gruden as the Head coach, we’d be a pretty damn good football team. But That can’t happen now. It’s unfortunate, but Norv still needs to go.

  20. By Was a Charger Fan on Dec 10, 2012 | Reply

    I was a Charger Fan from 1981 to 2007. Nice win but its a little to late for me.Chargers ruin football for me. The Chargers will never win the Super Bowl. Any San Diego Major Sports club (Chargers and Padres) will never win a world title.

  21. By mirrouriboltfan on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Xfan. Just what on earth to you think a football team is out there to do? Those guiys are paid to go out there every week and win games!! Game 1 or Garme 16. Any coach that wants his team to lay down at ANY time of the season should be run out of town and quick. I too would be an X FAN if Norv pulled such a stunt. Draft? How about concentraiting on developing the talent that we have? It is easy to see why you are an X fan. Let me guess………….Raider Fan? Go Chargers and lets go out with a bang. Spoilers or not.

  22. By Angry Fan on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    Charger Greg or its it Charger Grace. You must be one of the cheerleaders. Put your pom, poms down and do the math, we will NOT MAKE THE PLAY OFFS!!!!!!!! AJ and Norv must go!!!!!!!

  23. By trodriguez61charger on Dec 11, 2012 | Reply

    too many holes this year- DB- jammer is great in box (thinking safety to complement EW) but is getting burnt down field Caison is great coverage 4 yards past where the first down is, wright and gilhcrist have reaally sparkled. LB’s have done a stand up job and d-line has looked really good especially liguet- hey maybe he can teach english something. but far and away the biggest hole (no it wasn’t VJ) was losing mcneil and deilman. never got addressed in the off season seriously and it may cost Rivers a couple years at the end of his career if it doesn’t get addressed this off season. No charger team in their history ever went any where without a great or very good o-line. Norv got dealt a stacked hand and aj knows it.

  24. By Angry Fan on Dec 12, 2012 | Reply

    Groupon tickets sales now? What is next? raffle tickets at the door? I hope you are paying attention Spanos family. AJ and Norv must go!!!!!

  25. By Angry Fan on Dec 13, 2012 | Reply

    Another blackout game shocker!!!! Mr Spanos I know you are smarter than this. AJ and Norv are costing you money all the way around.

  26. By charger doug on Dec 14, 2012 | Reply

    After reading all the responses to the win, i must say I have been following the chargers since aug 1964 when i took in my first professial game and have been hooked ever since. I am a diehard charger fan and yes i am dissappointed with the way the season has been played out. I guess i am just use to winning some and losing some But i must say from all lthe Quarterbacks i have watched thru out the years Rivers is the best one we have had so far. Rivers needs a O line that will give him time to search out his recievers and throw to them. As you saw in he Pittsburg game if given time he can produce a win. Yes i can see AJ Smith being released from his contract at end of season but i think Norv and Rivers should stay. Come on Chargers let’s go out with a big bang to end the season. GO Chargersssssssssssssssss

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