Monday, November 8, 2010
Evening AFC West notes
By Bill Williamson
Once again, San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner defended special teams coach Steve Crosby. This time, according to the San Diego Union Tribune, Turner put blame on the players, not on their coach.
“You know, there are about five guys I’d let go before him, and that would be the five guys that have had mental errors and giving up blocked punts,” Turner said. “He’s not out there doing it. He gets them ready to play. I can put a tape on Friday of a guy doing it right, and then not doing it right on Sunday. That is not Steve Crosby. He does a great job getting these guys ready, and we’ve had some issues. It has been different guys. In two or three cases, it has been a guy that has been put into a new position because of an injury, and they haven’t handled it very well.”
If that is not a rousing endorsement of a coach I don’t know what is. San Diego has had special teams issues all season. Sunday, it essentially had its fifth punt of the season blocked. But it officially goes down as a deflection because it traveled 1 yard. Whatever. It was a blocked punt. There have been five other blocked punts in the entire NFL this season.
Turner vowed that the issue will be fixed between now and the Chargers’ next game, Nov. 22 against Denver.
“Over the next five (practices), we are going to fix the issues we have in the punting game,” he said. “We will not have another punt blocked for the rest of this season.”
Turner is usually not one for blustery talk, so for him to make this claim, he must believe it.
- Meanwhile, San Diego no longer leads the NFL in total offense and total defense. It is still No. 1 in the NFL on offense, but it fell to No. 2 in total defense.
- Green Bay parted ways with veteran cornerback Al Harris. He must go through waivers. The four AFC West teams are pretty set at cornerback. If I had a guess, I’d say his best chances of landing in the division are Oakland or San Diego as a backup, but I don’t feel very strongly about either landing spot.
- Oakland offensive coordinator Hue Jackson’s name has already surfaced on a list of potential hot coaching candidates. After the job he’s done in the past few weeks in Oakland, he deserves to be on the list.