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Rivers: 'It would be crazy' to fire Norv Turner

Posted on: December 19, 2011 7:54 pm
By Will Brinson

Just a few weeks ago, the Chargers were "almost certainly" set to fire coach Norv Turner. But after San Diego's third straight win -- a 34-14 beatdown of Baltimore on Sunday night -- the tone in San Diego is starting to change a little bit regarding Turner's tenure.

Philip Rivers doesn't need to change his stance, though. He's been on board with Norv since Day 1, and reiterated his feelings Sunday night.

"Regardless of what happens the next two weeks," Rivers told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. "It would be crazy for Norv to not be here. We’ve won 48 games in five years. Norv can’t make every throw. Norv didn’t fumble. You can’t go, 'Gee, Norv, why did you throw that pass?'"

Acee also reports that if the Chargers get to 8-7 and a chance to make the playoffs with a game against Oakland in Week 17 "that will have spoken volumes to team president Dean Spanos."

And, of course, if the Chargers happen to make the playoffs, after their start, it might be tough to fire Norv, particularly if the team advances deep at all.

It seems ridiculous to think of the Chargers as "contenders" still, but here's the thing: over the past few years, we've seen a number of different teams (the 2007 Giants, the 2010 Packers) sneak into the playoffs after getting hot at the end of the year and then run the table.

Turner and Rivers have plenty of work to do before they get to that point in the first place, but if they can at least manuever themselves in position to even get a shot at the playoffs, it's hard not to be impressed.

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Since: Dec 20, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:56 am

Rivers: 'It would be crazy' to fire Norv Turner

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Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:43 pm

Rivers: 'It would be crazy' to fire Norv Turner

the only head im calling for is AJ, that guy needs to go

Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:10 pm

Rivers: 'It would be crazy' to fire Norv Turner's more like 1. Brady 2. P. Manning 3. Brees/Rodgers 5. Rothlesberger/Eli Manning 7. Rivers/Romo/Vick/Cutler/Ryan/Staffo

rd/Schaub blah blah blah

Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 10:16 pm

Rivers: 'It would be crazy' to fire Norv Turner

spanos would be wise to do whatever rivers tells him to. no way the chargers will even sniff the super bowl if philip rivers isn't at his best. one thing that cannot be denied is the fact that norv has turned philip into a top 5 qb: 1. brady 2/3. brees/rodgers 4. p. manning 5. rivers 6. cheeselisburger 7. everyone else

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 9:20 pm

Rivers: 'It would be crazy' to fire Norv Turner

Sorry, but in 1995 the Chargers were in the "Big Dance," losing 49-26 to San Fransisco. Bobby Ross was the SD coach. SF's Steve Young was the MVP.
Just FYI

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 8:57 pm

Rivers: 'It would be crazy' to fire Norv Turner

Let's just see how this season ends up, because San Diego can still win this thing. Other than that, loyalty's good, but to say it would be crazy to fire Norv Turner, well, thats crazy...

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 8:17 pm

Rivers: 'It would be crHaazy' to fire Norv Turner

.Have won three in a row and are still sub-500. A.J., Norvel and the boy un-genius Dean Spanos have wasted  talent over the last 5 years and have never been champ of the AFC nor have they got to the big dance. On Sundays, we watch Brees and about a dozen others performing at a high level  for other teams ....I wonder how the players feel seeing their old team mates wearing the SB ring? Chargers are long on talk and short on walk.

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