Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/23/12
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The Chargers under Norv Turner have made a mark for always being good, but brushing just close enough to greatness to whet the appetite. Philip Rivers has been the anchor on the team, a strong-armed quarterback perfect for Turner’s Air Coryell-inspired downfield attack.   What is the difference between the team and quarterback over which Turner currently presides and the Troy Aikman-led Cowboys? When Turner was the offensive coordinator for the Cowboys, Aikman was surrounded by pieces to help him succeed. He had a great running back in Emmitt Smith, an overwhelming offensive line, and a defense that allowed Aikman to play with a lead.   After a disappointing 2011 season in which Rivers struggled trying to carry the club, how have GM A.J. Smith and Turner addressed the following three questions?  Is Ryan Mathews ready to become one of the NFL’s elite running backs?   Even though it was largely overshadowed by the Chargers’ struggles as a team, Mathews broke out last year. He ran...
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