Norv Turner: Playing With More Consistency

Chargers head coach Norv Turner talks to the media about how it feels to get a playoff win, TE Antonio Gates, what he expects from the Colts this weekend, and much more!

On how good it feels to get a playoff win...

"It's great to win any football game, and I said it after the game, there are some guys that have been here a long time, particularly L.T. (LaDainian Tomlinson), Jamal Williams, that are outstanding, outstanding football players. I was with them here in 2001. To accomplish all of the things they have accomplished, obviously they've been shooting for having some success in the playoffs for a long time, and to get that first one was big."

On if getting a win puts them more at ease going into this weekend's game...

"I hope not. I hope not. I think with each step it's going to be harder and the team you're playing is going to be better. We're playing the world champions, and our guys I think have a good sense of what they're in for. So I hope we're not at ease. I hope we're working hard on being focused."

On in what ways he thinks his team is most improved....

"I think playing consistently. We've cut down on turnovers, we've continued to create turnovers throughout the period when we were up and down. We were a physical team, we're still a physical team. We're just playing with more consistency."

On any updates on TE-Antonio Gates...

"Antonio's doing pretty good, and I think he has a chance to get to the game. We'll update it as we go through the week and get a better handle, but he's feeling pretty good."

On the key to leading the league in takeaways...

"We have a lot of playmakers. The combination of guys that play the ball extremely well and then the ability to pressure the quarterback, and then in a number of the games we've been able to get leads where we've been able to dictate to the other team. They start throwing the ball, kind of because they have to, then it's helped us create those kinds of turnovers."

On if he looks back to the past couple of years where Pittsburgh and Indianapolis were No. 1 seeds, got defeated, and then came back to win it the next year...

"During the middle of the year, the fact that teams had struggled and then got on a role and had success, I think it helped us to stay focused and understand that it's a real long year. I think probably, subconsciously, the fact that teams have gotten there from this position helps, but once you get into the game preparation and you get to the game, you know you're playing right now the best team in football, one of the two best teams in football. It doesn't matter what seed you're coming in from, you know you better go play your best."


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On dealing with crowd noise in the RCA Dome...

"We have experienced guys. We've played on the road a lot, we've played in loud places. I don't know if we've played anywhere where it's going to be as loud as Sunday, but there are things you do with your cadence, things you do in practice during the week to prepare. Obviously you're limited in terms of how much of your offense you can call at the line of scrimmage. I think when teams come in to our place they're limited with how much they can do at the line of scrimmage. It's part of going on the road. I think our guys have handled it pretty well. We've played better on the road in the second half of the season than we did in the first half, so hopefully we can manage it."

On how surprised he was to see QB-Peyton Manning throw six interceptions in their last game in November...

"That one I think is real surprising, and I think everyone was. We certainly can't count on it. I'd be surprised if you said he threw three. I was extremely surprised. It's just a very, very unusual thing."

On if Peyton Manning throwing six interceptions in a game is a once-in-a-lifetime thing...

"I would say, my guess, yes, it is."

On if he's not counting on Peyton Manning throwing three interceptions, he's probably not counting on Adam Vinatieri missing a field goal at the end again...

"I'm not counting on that. I'm not counting on him throwing six or three, I'm not counting on Adam missing a field goal, and I'm not on Philip (Rivers) fumbling the ball in the end zone and giving a touchdown. There's a lot of things that happened in that game that I don't think will happen in this game."

On what he sees of DB-Bob Sanders on film...

"Just a heck of a football player, unbelievably instinctive, throws his body around, physical, just a heck of a football player."

On if he sees the Colts being different in any way from the last time they played in November...

"I think we're both really different teams, I really do. Obviously they had a lot of people hurt in the game, coming off a loss. We know we're going to see Indianapolis at their best. We're a lot better team than we were at the mid-season point. We're playing with more confidence, and we've had some success. We were kind of an up-and-down team when we were getting ready to play that game, so hopefully that helps us."


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