Turner, Phillips doing less with more

The struggling Chargers are a prime example of the defining story of the year: the gap between the league's best coaches and the pretty good ones.

Originally Published: November 28, 2008
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

Man, talk about wishful thinking. It was a month ago, a few hours after the Chargers had lost to the Bills 23-14, another game they should have won. A dozen or so players for what many consider the NFL's most talented team gathered around the bar in a restaurant at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

LaDainian Tomlinson was there, and so were Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates and Shaun Phillips, among others. Looming was a trans-Atlantic flight to London, where they would play the ...

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