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"Fat Man with Ball" may make fine wall art, but no offense wants to see this.
Marty Schottenheimer taught me a thing or two when he was the head coach of the Chargers.
- You're not going to turn the ball over and play quarterback for him, and
- Not coming away with points in the red zone is unacceptable.
Drew Brees is the man he is today because Marty Schottenheimer put him on punishment after he repeatedly turned the ball over in 2002. He was benched for several games in favor of Doug Flutie.
The next year, Brees responded with a Pro Bowl year, throwing 27 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. Rivers has already turned the ball over five times in two games.
I don't blame Rivers for all those turnovers, because Turner's offensive philosophy is prone to interceptions. That Rivers has thrown so few over his career is amazing. The problem is that the league has now evolved into a San Diego Chargers like down the field passing league. Teams can now match up much better to what Norv's been calling over the years.
That's right. Rivers is not even in the top-five when it comes to 20 yard passes and doesn't have one 40 yard completion to his credit, two categories he's ruled over the past three years. Teams are more ready for Norv's high risk attack than ever.
The Chargers' red zone efficiency is terrible. The Chargers have come away scoreless when in scoring position at least four times, and that may be generous. At one point in the third quarter against New England, the Chargers had crossed into Patriots territory on ever possession in the game and had seven points to show for it.
Pop Warner teams are more efficient than that.
When you watch the Chargers operating in the red zone, it's clear that Warren Sapp wasn't lying when he claimed that the Raiders never practiced red zone efficiency "not one time."