Turner talks put on hold as brothers gear up for Bears vs. Chargers
The Chicago media are talking to Ron Turner a lot this week.
Ditto for the San Diego media talking to Norv Turner.
The only people not talking to each other this week appear to be the two Turners.
“We’ll talk when we get on the field, on the sidelines,” Norv said in a conference call this week with Chicago media.
In the meantime, they’re both kinda busy.
Norv is the Chargers’ new head coach, while brother Ron is a third-year offensive coordinator for the Bears. The two teams meet in Sunday’s season opener at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium.
“It’s a special week because it’s the first week,” Ron said. “It’s Chicago Bears against San Diego Chargers. On a side note, it’s him and his first game as head coach there.
“But really, it comes down to Chicago Bears against San Diego Chargers, and it’s a very important game for both of us.”
Ron said he’d like the brother angle to be downplayed.
“They’re going to do all they can to win; we’re going to do all we can to win,” Ron said. “After that, I hope they win the rest of them.”
Both are known for their offensive expertise. Both use different terminology, but they’ve had enough X’s and O’s discussions over the years that they can understand most of what the other is saying.
“Or we can just draw it on the board,” Ron said.
Ron said they both agree you’ve got to run the ball, be able to score, use the vertical passing game and get the ball in their playmakers’ hands.
“Probably the biggest difference is they do a little more protection-wise,” Ron said. “We focus on, ‘here’s what we do, let’s do it really, really well.’ ”
Norv wouldn’t mind talking to Ron this week. He just figures it’s safer not to.
“We’ve done this a few times,” Norv said of facing each other. “You just don’t want to create a concern for anybody. In any organization, I could have a number of conversations and not give anything away. But someone might not see that as the way to do it.”
The two had hopes as young coaches of one day working together.
That seems unlikely now, but Norv feels Ron certainly could become an NFL head coach someday.
He mentioned how impressed Miami owner Wayne Huizenga was with Ron after interviewing him for his last vacancy.
“You look at guys in similar cases, you have success and you do the things he’s done, and people take notice,” Norv said.
Norv also has been the head coach for Washington and Oakland. Ron was the former head coach at the University of Illinois.
Norv, 18 months older, would like to assist Ron one day if possible.
“I wouldn’t mind being his consultant,” Norv said, “if he’d let me off early to go to the beach or the track or wherever I want to go.”
When they do discuss football, Ron said he “can pick his brains and get things from him, which I do from time to time.
“But not this week.”
Reed Schreck is the NFL Writer for the Rockford Register Star. Contact him at 815-987-1381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.