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Turner Expects Special Teams Redemption

Coach uses past debacle for perspective

By Michael Gehlken
|  Thursday, Sep 16, 2010  |  Updated 2:29 PM PDT
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ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 13: Head coach Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers at Cowboys Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Chargers coach Norv Turner gave a hearty laugh Wednesday when the question was asked and briefly turned his head.

The question — any extra emphasis on special teams this week? — wasn't a surprise. It wasn't unfair. Just two days earlier, the Chargers allowed the Chiefs to return five punts for 160 yards, including a 94-yard touchdown, in a 21-14 loss.

Soon, Turner believes the question won't be necessary.

“You know, we probably practice special teams as hard and put as much time into it as anywhere I've ever been,” Turner said. “Our guys take a lot of pride in it, and I think they're going to put a little something extra into it (in Sunday's game against the Jaguars).”

Turner compared Monday night's struggles to Week 6 of last season. In that Monday night game, the Chargers allowed Broncos wide receiver Eddie Royal to return a 93-yard kickoff return in the first quarter and a 71-yard punt return in the second.

The Chargers didn't allow another special teams touchdown the rest of the season.

“Our guys addressed it, and we fixed the problem,” Turner said. “So that's what we need to do.”

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