Despite the losses, Turner defended his staff, including beleaguered special teams coach Steve Crosby.
San Diego's special teams have had almost every conceivable breakdown this season, including two kickoffs and one punt returned for touchdowns and consecutive blocked punts that helped the Raiders take a quick 12-0 lead. On Sunday, Nate Kaeding slipped on a field-goal attempt that was blocked in the fourth quarter, straining his groin in the process.
"I really like our staff, and I like the way they prepare and coach," said Turner, who fell to 92-102 in three stints as an NFL head coach. "I feel like I said about Crosby the other day, we've gotten in this hole, and I can't think of a better group of guys to coach this group to get us out of it."
Turner said last week that it was "silly" and "inappropriate" for anyone to even ask about Crosby's job status.
Asked if some players thought the game would be easy, Turner said: "I don't know how to answer that. I do know this, that guys fall into that trap. When we didn't get off to a fast start, I sensed a frustration from our guys on the sideline, and that shouldn't be because you should go into every game expecting it to come down to a drive in the fourth quarter, a chance to go win a game in the fourth quarter."
"Again, I've been doing this long enough to know there are no guarantees for anybody, and that's why every week is a new week and you've got to prepare that way," Turner said during his weekly news conference. "And anyone who's naive enough -- I'm going to say that again, anyone who's naive enough, because I'm talking not only to our team but to everyone in this room, to think that there's a game that's going to be easy in this league, they don't know enough about the National Football League."
Turner said Sunday's results around the league -- overtime games, upsets and teams winning on the final play -- should reinforce his stance.
"That point is driven home to our guys on a regular basis, and sometimes you lose sight of that. You think a game's going to be easy," Turner said. "The only easy game I've been involved with is after the fact, when it happens, after the game, usually because a team made a number of mistakes and allowed it to be easy."
San Diego made numerous changes during the offseason. Turner was asked if this might turn out to be a transition year.
"I hope not. I mean, that's not what our intention was. That's not what my intention is now," Turner said. "I don't think any one of our players feels that way. I don't want it to turn into that. We've got a lot of work to do, though. Obviously we've dug ourselves a hole and we have a a pretty demanding schedule coming up as we continue through this."
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