San Diego Chargers: Give Norv Turner Credit for a Perfect Plan vs. Colts

Heneli IongiAnalyst INovember 30, 2010

SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 31:  San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner looks on from the sideline against the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium on October 31, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Titans 33-25.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Did I see this blowout coming?  Of course I did.  There are too many things to go through in order to explain why I did see it, but I'm glad that Norv Turner did what I thought he would do against the Colts.

Many of the Charger faithful were calling for Norv Turner's head a month ago and I told them that he's the best man for the job after a tough Patriots loss pushed the Chargers to a 2-5 start.  What Norv Turner did was keep the team focused and kept them playing the way they'd been playing, knowing that if they did everything would take care of itself.

Just consider this: Norv Turner and his coaching staff put up a outstanding gameplan against the Colts.  The plan basically took advantage of all the Colts' weaknesses.

Those weaknesses on the Colts defense were a horrible run defense and a injury riddled secondary.  

The Chargers gameplan against that was to pound the ball on the ground.  To exploit the Colts run defense more and more throughout the game.  The Chargers called 31 run plays versus 23 pass plays.  The pros to running the ball effectively worked twofold.  One, it took advantage of that weak run defense and two, it kept Peyton Manning off of the field.  

You'd think that the Colts would come up and play the run but they didn't.  If it were any other team, the Colts would put eight or nine guys in the box.  Why didn't they do it against the Chargers?  It was because the Chargers could pass the ball and do it better than any team in the NFL.  Rivers can throw the ball to anywhere on the field.  

The Colts gave up the run plays and stuck to playing the pass purely because of the Chargers ability to throw deep.  When the Chargers did pass the ball, Rivers was forced to throw to the RB's and FB's because the Colts "bend but don't break" defense wasn't giving the Chargers anywhere deep or mid-range to pass to.  Of Philip Rivers' 19 completed passes, 10 of them were to RB's.

Playing against the Colts offense, Ron Rivera had the perfect gameplan set for the Peyton Manning and company.  

The Colts' offensive weaknesses included a depleted receiving corps, an injured offensive line and absolutely no running game.

The Chargers knew that they needed to play the pass more.  The Colts tried to run the ball to keep things honest but realized early that it wasn't going to work against the fourth ranked run defense.  

It didn't help Peyton Manning at all knowing that the Chargers boast the league's best pass defense and the defense with the most sacks in the NFL.  

Peyton Manning knew that he wouldn't have time to throw the ball as he kept the majority of his throws under two seconds. 

With many mixed coverages and pressure coming nearly on every play, the Chargers had Manning guessing, and hoped that he would throw a couple of picks.  That's exactly what happened.

It was a good effort by the Chargers coaching staff and give Norv Turner credit for turning this team around, just like I said he would.