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Chargers solidly behind Turner

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By PFW staff

Here are several whispers we've been hearing from around the AFC West:

• After the Chargers' critical come-from-behind win over the Titans in Week Eight, players pointed to an emotional halftime speech by head coach Norv Turner for their inspired play. Many players said Turner's words really resonated with them, resulting in a noticeably improved effort in the second half. GM A.J. Smith added after the game that he's still fully behind Turner despite the team's record and feels he's the right man for the job.

• Coach Josh McDaniels had said that RB Knowshon Moreno would be the Broncos' featured back upon his return from a hamstring injury, but he didn't say Moreno would be the only running back to get carries in Denver's past two games. We hear the Broncos have faith in Moreno being a three-down back, and his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield keeps Moreno from being replaced.

• The depth at the center position is still a concern for the Raiders. Rookie third-round pick Jared Veldheer, who is playing well at left tackle, is also the backup center, and we hear Oakland would rather not have to move him back to center if starter Samson Satele, who has been limited by a knee injury, had to miss time for any reason.

• According to offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, one of the reasons for the Chiefs' improved offensive line play this season has been continuity along the line. After utilizing different combinations in 2009, the same starting five have played together for nearly all of this year, allowing them to get comfortable with their positions and with each other. Weis also credited OL coach Bill Muir for the group's steady play, saying that he gets the most out of veterans and doesn't let them become complacent.

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