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The Chargers are “excited” even after a loss

San Diego Chargers v New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 18: Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots talks with Norv Turner San Diego Chargers after a game at Gillette Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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San Diego racked up 470 yards of offense against the Patriots, but only came away with 21 points.

That would leave a lot of teams furious, fuming that they missed so many opportunities. The Chargers took a more positive angle; Philip Rivers said the team was “excited” on the plane ride home.

“I say excited about what we can be, not excited, obviously, we lost the game,” Rivers told Kevin Acee of the San Diego-Union Tribune. “It was one of those, a lot of guys disappointed we lost but excited about who we can become … We’re going to be a heck of a team.

The sunny outlook comes directly from Norv Turner. This is what Turner had to say right after the loss Sunday, via Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe.

“I am so excited about our football team,” and “Obviously, when you have a game like this, you can’t wait to go play again.”

Bedard thinks the Chargers will never be taken seriously when Turner is taking that approach. With a day to think about the game, Turner’s tone stayed sunny.

“Yesterday, we were four turnovers away from having a chance,” Turner said.

On one hand, Turner is right. There is a lot to be excited abut when it comes to the Chargers.

On the other hand, there was a lot to be excited about last year too. They completely outplayed the Patriots in 2010 and lost.

They were four turnovers away from having a chance then too.