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What are the criteria for grading the coaches in the preseason?
Is it win-loss records?
Nope, the scores don’t really matter.
Is it measured by other statistics like tackles, completions or yards gained?
No, that isn’t it, either.
What really matters in the preseason is that the team is cohesive, healthy and prepared to hit the ground running come opening day.
Certainly, the Chargers' coaches have done what they can to insure every player will be healthy for the opener against the Vikings. Players nursing injuries have rightly been kept out of games and starters have played minimally, avoiding any unnecessary toll where possible.
I can’t find fault with that kind of thinking.
Whether this team is prepared for the regular season or not can’t be answered until the games are played for real. The players may look focused and ready, but we just won’t know for certain.
All that’s left is team cohesion.
Have the players formed chemistry with each other; are they willing to fight for each other, the team and the fans?
In this area, perhaps the coaches have not done all they could.
In years past, the starters got more reps in the preseason than this year—especially the defensive starters. Perhaps this is due to the shorter preparation time after the lockout. Perhaps it's Norv Turner’s counter-measure to avoid his team’s penchant for slow starts, or perhaps it's just an oversight on his part.
I am willing to give the man the benefit of the doubt until either he or I am proven wrong by the success or failure of the team in the upcoming season.
Final Preseason Grade: B