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Report: Norv Turner's days could be numbered

Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:30 pm
Turner could be looking for work come January. (AP/US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Norv Turner is in his fifth season as the Chargers head coach. He took over the team in 2007 after general manager A.J. Smith fired Marty Schottenheimer for going 14-2. In three of the four seasons since, two things have been constant: the Chargers have gotten off to glacially slow starts only to mount a late-season run and make the playoffs. And San Diego, despite a franchise quarterback and plenty of playmakers, is still looking for its first Super Bowl.
Turner's record in San Diego
2007: Started 1-3, finished 10-2, lost to the Pats in the AFC Championship game
2008: Started 3-5, finished 5-3, lost to the Steelers in the AFC Divisional game
2009: Started 2-3, finished 11-0, lost to the Jets in the AFC Divisional game
2010: Started 2-5, finished 9-7, missed the playoffs 
But 2011 was different; the Chargers started 4-1, were the clear favorites in the AFC West (and even some folks' Super Bowl favorites), and everything was finally coming together. Unfortunately, the new collective bargaining agreement didn't shorten the regular season to five games. San Diego has dropped five straight and is a complete mess of a franchise. Philip Rivers has looked, well, awful, the run defense is non-existent, and head coach Norv Turner, through it all, remained expressionless.

But barring a Tebow-like miracle, Norv won't have to worry about the Chargers much longer. The San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee writes that Turner's days could be numbered.
At this point, it is apparent only a drastic turnaround will save Turner, as the Chargers have lost five straight and are in last place in the AFC West, in grave danger of missing the playoffs for a second straight season. [Owner Dean] Spanos also has wondered about repeated game management decisions, and after five years it is possible Turner has been given enough time to get done what no Chargers coach ever has – win a Super Bowl.
Ah, yes, those game-management decisions. The latest came Sunday, in the Chargers' loss to the Bears. San Diego lost its final two timeouts with 3:16 to play and trailing by 11. They burned the first one, and then during thee timeout decided to challenge a ruling. The Chargers lost the challenge (of course they did) and another timeout. You don't see that every day.

But Turner isn't the only guy who should be worried about his job. Smith could be in trouble, too. Acee writes: "But even late last week, word had begun to circulate in league circles about Spanos' escalating concern about the state of his franchise in the hands of Turner -- who has the second-highest winning percentage in team history at .608 (45-29) -- and even Smith, the man Spanos has given virtually complete control of football operations over the past nine years."

In general, Smith has done a good job of roster-building and fielding a winning team. But the lack of success in the postseason coupled with Turner's weekly gaffes have started to add up.

Early last season, when Vincent Jackson was holding out for a new deal and Smith refused to budge, Jackson's agent Neil Schwartz said "We had multiple deals in place. It is our understanding … that the Chargers were unreasonable. More than one general manager referred to A.J. as the 'Lord of No Rings.'"

Short of an improbable turnaround, Norv and A.J. might soon be the Lord of No Jobs.

As we mentioned in Tuesday's Coach Killers, maybe Rex Ryan was onto something.

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Since: Jul 8, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 6:27 pm

Report: Norv Turner's days could be numbered

it took them 5 years to realize turner is a complete blithering idiot? guess overrated whining crybaby rivers is safe for a while seeing JETS WEST CHOKE...ALL MOUTH, NO RINGS

Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 6:09 pm

Report: Norv Turner's days could be numbered

This is closing the barn door after the horse is 3 years gone. He should of been fired 3 years ago, he 's been riding the reputation of an OC who coached an offense with 8 All Pros on it. He's the pits as a head coach and even when he was OC of the 49ers he sucked there. Time to go Norv, it's been real. Real Bad.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 6:04 pm

Report: Norv Turner's days could be numbered

Ok, so in 2010 SD finished with a record of 11-12.  I didn't know they expanded the season last year to 23 games.

Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:36 pm

Report: Norv Turner's days could be numbered

It is somewhat disconcerting to see a franchise like the Chargers struggle to obtain that all but elusive first Super Bowl victory. In the 1980s the Chargers were an exciting bunch to watch. With Dan Fouts and "Air Coryell" destroying passing records and a stout running game Coryell groomed another set of all-purpose backs in James Brooks and later Lionel James, at 5'6" and 171 pound running back, who broke Metcalf's record in 1985 while also setting a record of 1,027 receiving yards by a running back, their defense was good enough to contend for the playoff's every year. Yet never won a Super Bowl. The Chargers have always had better than average QB's minus the one exception of Ryan Leaf. When is current owner Dean Spanos going to make that next step by hiring a GM and Head coach that will get the Chargers that elusive ring we all know they are capable of obtaining?

Since: Dec 28, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 4:52 pm

Report: Norv Turner's days could be numbered

AJ Smith has had a good run in San Diego, but I hope it comes to an end soon. He is great when it comes to seeing talent and getting the most out of nothing like undrafted Antonio Gates. Its time to say goodbye to AJ and Norv Turner. They have had ample time to create a super bowl winning team and all they have created is a dysfunctional team. Its time to get a coach like Cowher in here and get some accountabilty.  

Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2011 4:51 pm

Report: Norv Turner's days could be numbered

THREE COACHES have won Super Bowls with  T......H......E  PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 4:28 pm

He should have never been hired.

Norv was not the right guy for this team.  Don't let the door hit your in the a** Norv.

Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 4:14 pm

Report: Norv Turner's days could be numbered

"the lord of no rings" lmfao thats classic

Since: Oct 9, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 4:01 pm

Report: Norv Turner's days could be numbered

Have always thought Turner to be way over rated. He's like alot of the Jimmy Johnson assistants. They were part of the machine but on their own haven't done much as head coaches in the NFL. Seems like Turner's wasted some very talented teams in sanDiago. His offensive genius has never really shown thru as head coach. Chargers best offensive years were when Cameron was offensive assistant.
That defense has no real stoppers like before and with offense struggling, don't see the usual upward second half swing. Bye Norv.

Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 3:50 pm

Report: Norv Turner's days could be numbered

I am faster with a sprained ankle than what? a 28yr old philip rivers? Might get a number 1 for him.

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