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Chargers hoping Turner is final piece to puzzle

Knowing he inherited a team ready to win, new coach Norv Turner isn't changing too much about the Chargers' formula for success, writes John Clayton.

Updated: August 13, 2007, 2:33 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

SAN DIEGO -- The hangover from January's playoff loss to New England lingered with Chargers players. They woke up the next morning believing the worst -- that their coach, Marty Schottenheimer, was going to be fired.

Weeks later, the firing occurred. For the first time in NFL history, a 14-win team was an orphan. Quarterback Philip Rivers, halfback LaDainian Tomlinson, tight end Antonio Gates and linebacker Shawne Merriman had to put the pieces back together.

"I ...

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