AP Pro32 comments about Chargers

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 04, 2012
Comments on the San Diego Chargers by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses): --- SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (16) Chris Berman (ESPN, 16) - First time in decade Bolts won't be favored in AFC West; could help. Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 16) - Norv Turner was given another chance. Will likely be his last if Chargers don't make playoffs. Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 13) - Talented team has to break pattern of starting slow. Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 18) - Three-horse race in AFC West and Chargers are part of it. Bob Glauber (Newsday, 16) - Philip Rivers comes off career high 20 interceptions in 2011. Bounce-back year gives Chargers a chance. A losing season, and Norv Turner gets the gate. Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 13) - Loss of WR Vincent Brown was huge. He was having best camp among wideouts before suffering broken ankle. Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 14) - Defense should improve, but Jared Gaither issues make me nervous about these guys. Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 17) - Memo to Turner: How can you be an NFL head coach for 221 regular-season games and still have so much to prove? Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 16) - Glad to see ownership give Norv Turner one more shot at getting it right. Broncos and Peyton Manning getting all attention, and maybe it's good Chargers flying under the radar. Rivers cleaned up early 2011 interception problems and should be in every game this year. John Lynch (Fox Sports, 16) - Pressure's on. Philip Rivers needs to return to elite form and new defensive coordinator John Pagano needs to light fire. Depth concerns knock them down 3 spots in this ranking. Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 18) - Rash of injuries par for course in San Diego. Offensive struggles aren't, which made this preseason so alarming for the Chargers. Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 16) - They have had some tough injuries early, but can get through them if defense plays as well as it can. --- Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL
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