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.
Tags: kevin haslam, Offensive Line, Pittsburgh, reggie wells
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After a Sunday of Chargers football excellence, Coach Turner decided the game ball deservedly had to be given to the entire offensive and defensive line. The defensive line held one of the league’s best rusher’s in Chris Johnson, to a total 17-yards rushing while the Chargers offensive line allowed for 148 total yards rushing and Rivers to go 24 for 32, with 284 yards, and 3 TDs. A final score of 38-10 on a blistering hot day in San Diego puts the Chargers at 2-0 on the season.
Let us know who gets your game ball today…
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Six weeks after OTAs ended, Thursday’s informal press conference with Norv Turner represented a welcome break for those of us producing stories every day without fresh quotes.
The lunchtime chat provided plenty of interesting tidbits. I’ll get to more tomorrow, but Turner had some illuminating, if not surprising, things to say about the run game.
He acknowledged the coaching staff made a concerted effort this offseason to analyze and improve the team’s ground game. They concluded the team lacked the 10 and 20-yard bursts that loosened defenses and epitomized the nervousness induced by some of San Diego’s backs in 2006 and 2007.
First-round pick Ryan Mathews, he made it clear, mostly will play on first and second downs to start his career. While Mathews already has demonstrated that he understands the importance of pass protection, and his 6-foot, 218-pound frame seems tailored for the task, he’ll get time to develop the skill that’s often the hardest for rookie running backs to master. Darren Sproles will remain the primary third-down back for the Chargers.
“You stand behind (Mathews) and look at his calves and he is a big, solid guy. (Fresno State) teaches their players to play in a very physical manner, so he’s not shy about contact,” Turner said. ”I can’t believe he won’t be an outstanding pass protector because he has the want-to and he has the physical stature to do it.
Tags: Darren Sproles, Norv Turner, Offensive Line, Pass Protection, Run, Ryan Mathews
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