Turner: Chargers didn't play scared

As the San Diego Chargers freefall to the bottom of the AFC West continues, it appears that the clock may be about to strike midnight soon on the Norv Turner regime.

With Sunday's 16-13 overtime loss to Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos, the Chargers have now dropped six straight games after beginning the year 4-1, and one San Diego writer says Turner was coaching like someone afraid of losing his job.

Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union-Tribune said Turner should have taken a chance on a 54-yard Hail Mary pass in the waning moments of regulation with the ball at his own 46 and a timeout in his pocket, rather than roll the dice and lose in overtime.

Turner indicated that he did not believe he was coaching too conservatively at that juncture of the game.

“I don’t look at it in terms of playing scared,” Turner said.

Turner said he didn't know if Rivers could get the ball into the end zone and he was afraid of his quarterback taking another big hit behind San Diego's patchwork offensive line.

“No one threw in the towel,” Turner said. “We were sitting there and Philip was having a tough time getting into the end zone, No. 1 (true, in that they scored but one touchdown). No. 2, I don’t think we would have protected and gotten it off.”

Not exactly confidence-inspiring.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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