- The Washington Times - Monday, September 10, 2001

SAN DIEGO Norv Turner didn't gloat. There was no payback talk or victory dance. The former Washington Redskins coach thought it undignified to make it a personal contest.

But the San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator helped his new team post 30 points against his old team yesterday. Chargers offensive line coach Joe Bugel bear hugged Turner at the locker room entrance, thanked him for the victory. The Chargers offense is humming, and players and staff know Turner has made a big difference.

Turner didn't talk to Redskins owner Dan Snyder when they were near each other on the field during the pregame warmups he said he didn't see Snyder. However, Turner felt there was nothing left to say after his dismissal in December after nearly seven seasons. He'd rather talk about the Chargers.

"I'm really enjoying this group. They like football. They like to work," Turner said. "They're no-nonsense and know they can compete. We're going to be a good football team and we're going to get a lot better."

Still, the irony of Turner opening against his former team wasn't lost on the players and staff. Though Turner never spoke of revenge, the Chargers wanted to give it to him.

"Norv didn't let his feelings show," said Chargers general manager John Butler. "Everybody in this locker room knew it was huge, huge for Norv. He never said anything. He just went about his work."

Turner felt the players were more concerned with the team faring well than his personal past.

"I appreciate they felt that way, but everyone understands the sense of urgency," he said. "That 1-15 a year ago, they don't believe it was them."


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