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Report: Norv, Smith's jobs depend on last 2 weeks

Posted on: December 23, 2011 11:22 am
Edited on: December 23, 2011 12:38 pm
Norv Turner could potentially save his job with a 2-0 finish to 2011. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

At the beginning of December, the idea that Norv Turner could survive into next season as Chargers head coach was borderline laughable. San Diego was 4-7, dead in the water for the playoffs and Turner was as good as gone. Over the last three weeks, though, things have changed -- and it appears Norv can save his gig.

In fact, according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the jobs of Turner and GM A.J. Smith "hinge on results in the final two weeks."

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Put simply, it sounds like the Chargers winning out -- they play at Detroit on Christmas Eve and then at Oakland on New Year's Day -- will save the jobs of Turner and Smith.

After the Chargers victory over the Ravens in Week 14 it appeared as if the tides were starting to turn in Norv's favor; Philip Rivers said "it would be crazy" to dump the coach and Acee reported that just getting to the Raiders game with a shot at the playoffs would "speak volumes" to team president Dean Spanos.

Spanos now believes, according to Acee's report on Friday, that the support provided to the team and Norv by the fans and players, respectively, indicate that things aren't that far away from being on the right track.

If the Chargers make the playoffs, Smith and Turner are likely safe. If they miss the playoffs, at least a 1-1 or 2-0 record is probably necessary to save their jobs, although it's worth noting that the two also appear joined at the hip moving forward.

"If Smith is retained, no one should think he will need a new head coach," Acee wrote Friday. "Sources inside and outside Chargers Park say Smith believes in Turner now as much as he did when he went out on a limb and hired him in 2007."

So the Chargers will play out the string and then Spanos will make a decision as to whether or not Smith remains; that decision will obviously affect whether or not Turner returns as well.

But if the Bolts can manage to close out the season 2-0, that decision could suddenly be a lot easier for Spanos, and easier on Turner and Smith.

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Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 7:17 pm

Report: Norv, Smith's jobs depend on last 2 weeks

They can't be serious. I mean really, they should been battling for what spot in the playoffs they get, not be riding on other teams losing so they just might get the last spot. And the way they played most of the season? If they aren't on drugs, I'll suggest it might be alzheimers - they can't remember anything before the last game...

Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 6:41 pm

Report: Norv, Smith's jobs depend on last 2 weeks

I am a J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETSSSSSSSSSSS Fan but Phillip Rivers and Malcolm Floyd have been teammates on my fantasy team, more so Rivers over the past few years. Norv is a staple on this team and needs to stay for Rivers to be successful. Under Norv, Rivers is in a pass 1st offense

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 6:27 pm

Report: Norv, Smith's jobs depend on last 2 weeks

Are the Chargers on drugs? Never mind. I show SD losing all tiebreakers to DVR. That means the Bolts must win out and the Broncs must lose out. SD has been the most underachieving team in the NFL under their GM's watch.

Since: May 6, 2010
Posted on: December 23, 2011 6:26 pm

Report: Norv, Smith's jobs depend on last 2 weeks

What this tells me is you have a cheap owner. He does not want to fire them because they are due I believe two more years in their current contracts and he does not want to pay for two head coaches (plus assistant coaches) and two GMs. With all the talent on this team, why is it every year you need a miracle run just to make the playoff? Norv Turner has been living off the Jimmie Johnson years in Dallas all these years. He cannot win as a head coach. As for Smith, he inherit a team John Butler formed and thru his draft and treatment of players in contract talks have ruin the team. Cheap owner results in broken dreams every year.

Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: December 23, 2011 5:46 pm

Report: Norv, Smith's jobs depend on last 2 weeks

In my opinion, the replacement should be exceptional.  Gruden and Fisher are not exceptional.  Is Exceptional Bill Cowher available?  Is Cowher going to put up with Dean Spanos' curmudgeon G.M., A.J. Smith?

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 4:58 pm

Report: Norv, Smith's jobs depend on last 2 weeks

lol how many times are they going to let Norv pull this stunt before he gets fired? They probably win out but miss the playoffs.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 4:57 pm

Report: Norv, Smith's jobs depend on last 2 weeks

Long life NORV!!!!

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 4:56 pm

Report: Norv, Smith's jobs depend on last 2 weeks

The problem isn't getting rid of Norv, the problem is who are you going to get that is better?

Oh I dunno, maybe the Mexicans downtown selling oranges ?  Dean Spanos is pathetic.  A weeak, indecisive leader.  I am embarrassed to be a fan of this team.  

Since: Jul 4, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 4:56 pm

Report: Norv, Smith's jobs depend on last 2 weeks

Every year that Turner has been Head Coach, we fans have to deal with the same inexplicable slow start and a nail biting finish to see if the Bolts will make it into the playoffs.  The fact that "Coach Turner" allows his players to call him "Norv" publicly shows that there is a lack of respect and leadership within the Chargers locker room.  This lack of discipline and leadership shows when the Chargers do not start the season prepared.  "No two-minute drill", "Head Coach not knowing where or why is the #1 RB is not in the game on the final drive" are just some of the examples of why Norv Turner should always be a Great Offensive Coordinator and not a Head Coach.
AJ Smith from what I hear is a Great Guy.  I hear that away from football he is a really humble and intriguing person.  But he runs the organization like a Dictator and alienates the fans and players with his antics. 
I would really hate to scrap the front office and start over, but you know the old saying... "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result".  Get it together Charger Leadership!

BTW, I think the Spanos Family has gotten a really raw deal in all of this.  They pay good money to put a great product on the field and get mercilessly criticized for their efforts and get almost no support from a city that only stands to gain from a new stadium.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 4:43 pm

Report: Norv, Smith's jobs depend on last 2 weeks

Fire them both. Hand over the keys to Bill Cowher and watch how he takes a talented team to the Super Bowl. 

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