Norv Turner stood strong behind the San Diego Chargers media podium Sunday night, wearing an all-business expression while discussing the short week ahead.
Game plan. Practice. Thursday flight to Detroit. Face a talented team on Christmas Eve.
Then he was asked what this roller-coaster season has been like, and the head coach caved with a smile.
“For me?” Turner said with a pause, about to break a quiet room into laughter. “It's been a ball.”
The resilient Chargers and their coach are back from the dead of a six-game losing streak, shocking the stout Baltimore Ravens 34-14 at Snapdragon Stadium in the latest emphatic victory from the latest December surge.
The Chargers have outscored opponents 109-38 during a three-game winning streak that has them one game back in the double-dipped race for an AFC West title or wild-card berth.
Three weeks ago, their season teetered on the brink. Their head coach seemed, like their playoff chances, all but finished. Their general manager, given...