The Chargers made the right choice

I can’t say for sure that Norv Turner was a great hire for the NFL Chargers, but I’m confident he will be great for the fantasy football Chargers, especially QB Phillip Rivers.

While his excellent track record with RBs (Emmitt Smith, Terry Allen, Stephen Davis, LaDainian Tomlinson, Ricky Williams, Frank Gore) gets most of the fantasy headlines, a bigger key to me especially in this case is Turner’s track record working with young QBs. Turner has repeatedly shown an ability to coach up younger players and put them in the best position to succeed. Just last year, he helped 49er QB Alex Smith go from looking like a rookie in way over his head and destined to go down as a bust to a player clearly on the right track toward a successful career. He does it by play-calling, scheme, and some old-fashion coaching.

Turner’s coaching style sets up well for the Charger players. Turner likes to pound the ball with a power running game, and then take shots downfield. He’s also a coach who tends to have success incorporating the TE into the offense. He was Tomlinson’s offensive coordinator in LT’s rookie year, and that worked out well, so [...]

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