Norv Turner and Vincent Jackson came to the defense of embattled San Diego Chargers placekicker Nate Kaeding, saying the team's abrupt exit from the playoffs shouldn't be placed on his shoulders -- or his much-derided right foot.
"That was on all of us," Jackson said of the Chargers' 17-14 AFC divisional meltdown at the hands of the underdog New York Jets.
Said Turner, "Nate is a competitor, and Nate is really a great player. I don't know see that it should be any different for Nate than it should be for me or the rest of the guys on our football team." Jackson, a first-time Pro Bowler and a reserve at wide receiver for the AFC squad.