Chargers Coaches Using Time Off to Get Ready to Run Tighter Camp

Chargers coach Norv Turner spoke Thursday about the team not having as much time as normal during camp to get things right, an issue that a lot of teams are going to have entering 2011 if the lockout gets settled.

“You’re going to have to be a lot more specific, a lot more detailed,” Turner said Thursday.

As long as the lockout doesn’t linger into August, Turner doesn’t buy into the predictions of a diminished product league-wide. He altered that opinion only slightly under the scenario of a severely truncated lead-up to the season.

“What you do in training camp and the preseason has got to mean something,” he said. “But I don’t think it will change dramatically the quality of play.”

Chargers fans used to the team’s slow starts might suggest the quality early in the season can’t get much worse.

While Turner maintained, as always, that the Chargers’ meager win-loss record in September and October is not due to a lack of preparation or readiness, he and his staff are taking measures with their extra time to try to reverse the trend. They have already begun game planning for Minnesota and New England, their first two opponents, and will likely get even further into the season in their preliminary preparations.

“It’s given us a pretty good stretch of time to really zero in,” he said. “… When we get to (training camp), if it is abbreviated, it will be very exact, very specific.”


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