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Turner, Jackson Defend PK Nate Kaeding

Norv Turner and Vincent Jackson say that blaming kicker Nate Kaeding for the loss in the divisional playoff game is bogus:

Norv Turner and Vincent Jackson came to the defense of embattled San Diego Chargers placekicker Nate Kaeding, saying the team’s abrupt exit from the playoffs shouldn’t be placed on his shoulders — or his much-derided right foot. “That was on all of us,” Jackson said of the Chargers’ 17-14 AFC divisional meltdown at the hands of the underdog New York Jets. Said Turner, “Nate is a competitor, and Nate is really a great player. I don’t know see that it should be any different for Nate than it should be for me or the rest of the guys on our football team.” Kaeding, the most accurate regular-season kicker in NFL history (87.2 percent success rate), missed three field goals in the Chargers’ Jan. 17 playoff loss to the upstart Jets, going wide left, right and short on attempts that were within his range. “We’re going to come back from this,” said Turner. “We’re going to have a chip on our shoulder and something to prove. The disappointing thing is, when you lose like that the way we did, is you’ve got to wait another year to get that opportunity. But Nate will be ready when that opportunity comes. We all will.”


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