"I think he fits right into this team perfectly," Rivers said. "He knows what he's doing. He's been around. He knows what it takes to win."
The continuity that the players have expressed great satisfaction in cannot be overlooked. As a player, there is something to be said about being on the same page with the coaches and scheme. When you arrive to a point where you can just play, and not have to think so much, then your performance on the field is going to be high-level. The fact that the defensive and offensive schemes are virtually the same, plus a few wrinkles will mean that the players will be more instinctive and won't have to worry about things like getting confused by terminology in a play-call or audible.
What I found particularly interesting is LaDainian's comments about Norv:
"He adds confidence and experience. He's won a Super Bowl, so he's been there," said Tomlinson. "The experience is key. Norv has been coaching twenty-something years, so he's called big games."
Is this a slight quip at Marty and Cam Cameron? Obviously Marty Schottenheimer never won a Super Bowl, and there has been some questionable playcalling in both the 2004 and 2006 Charger playoff appearances. Maybe a frustrated Tomlinson will now finally be allowed to carry the ball some more in the second half of these big games, and is simply making a statement about how Norv will operate differently then the previous staff.
Either way, the same confidence the team expressed in Philip Rivers last year is what I am picking up on again this year in terms of Norv Turner's ability to lead the Bolts. Although the critics will continue to poke at Norv Turner's success as a head coach, never has he had such a stacked roster. He won't need to do much, he just needs to put his players in positions where they can be successful. Marty Schottenheimer didn't need to do much either, but failed when the time came to rely on his players to win games.