Good news for Chargers fans. Coach Norv Turner and his team seem to have a bit of a chip on their shoulders. After losing to the New York Jets in last year’s playoffs after ending the regular season with a 13-3 record, the Chargers are bent on returning to the playoffs and redeeming themselves for losing such a crucial game that they easily could have won.
“That one is hard to take,” Turner said while talking on XX Radio in San Diego. “That one won’t leave until we get back into that position again. I think that’s the way our guys feel. I think that is going to push and drive us, not only through the off-season, but it’s going to push and drive us through the whole year.”
With the 2010 playoffs behind him, he hopes that his team can take a good look at how they performed and how they can be better prepared come playoff time this upcoming season.
“We had a great year, but we didn’t finish it the way we wanted to. To get the redemption we want, we need to get back to that spot and play the way we are capable of playing,” said Turner.
The Chargers have struggled to find their rhythm in the playoffs in the past few years. Despite the third best record since 2004 (67-29), with only the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots doing better, they have a dismal playoff record of 3-5 and are the only one of those three teams to have not won a Super Bowl in that period of time. As fans continue to grow more and more anxious and impatient to see at least a Super Bowl appearance, Turner has got to be feeling the pressure.
Well Turner’s head seems to be in the right place, and so does his heart. Those two are a good start. Unfortunately, the only place that it truly matters in the NFL is on the field. So come next December, we’ll see if that devastating loss really had as much of an effect as it appears to have had.