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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: Dec 23, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 1:51 pm

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

Bottom Line.....WHERE are the Chargers going to find a BETTER playcaller?
Was it the coaches fault that in the KC game the snap was fumbled by Rivers?
Look at the linemen and injuries we've had.  I'm a die-hard fan...but players made the mistakes here, NOT Turner or Smith.

KEEP Turner and Smith......or at least keep Turner....Smith needs to draft better!!! 

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 1:30 pm

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

The real culprit here is AJ Smith.  He should have been fired a LONG time ago.  The Chargers will continue to flounder as long as this man is the GM.  He gave away Drew Brees and fired a 14-2 coach.  NUFF SAID!

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:59 pm

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

kneesrgone said it best, Marty gets fired after losing 2 games because he doesn't get along with AJ but Turner keeps his job by scrambling to make the playoffs every year in what has been a horrible division for about 5 years.  This team has had too much talent to be mediocre every year and Turner is a decent coordinator but horrible HC.  I don't like the Chargers so I say keep Turner employed but I don't know how as an owner you keep selling this guy to your fans as the best person for the job, especially with Jeff Fisher, Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden all unemployed.  Don't you think Gruden would love to come in and run an offense that has Rivers as the QB?

Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:55 pm

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

It comes down to this people, finished the year last year #1 in total Offense, #1 in Total defense........MISSED THE PLAYOFFS......nuff said

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:44 pm

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

Tired of hearing about this San Diego drama. They are easily one of my most disliked teams in the NFL as well as Rivers and Turner for QBs and coaches. Both overrated.

Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:31 pm

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

The idea of Norv keeping his job is still laughable, whether he wins out or not. Schottenheimer got fired for doing a lot better than this guy has, yet he remains. One of life's mysteries. Perhaps he has some secret photographs that Spanos would like to keep secret?

Since: Dec 23, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:30 pm

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

Dont tell Norv the next 2 games is his Super Bowl... they'll for sure lose. If Spanos wants to win a Super Bowl he needs to get rid of AJ Smith and Norv. The attitude of the whole organization starts with Smith. The depth of the roster and the talent they have gotten rid of is because of Smith (why did we only have one DE going in to a big game against the Ravens and Rice??). The reason we have a cordinator as a head coach (when Norv is fired he will get a job right a way as a cordinator and never again HC) is because of Smith. If we keep Smith the Chargers will never get a strong intense leader disciplinarian type coach (like Marty or Cowher). Spanos if you are reading this please bite the bullet and reach in your pocket and drop Smith and Norv -- we are running out of time -- you wasted the years we had a Hall of Fame running back and now wasting the years with a top QB --- the team is on a decline with Smiths picksn roster moves and Norvs inability to lead Smiths roster... the fans are tired of settling for a decent record and none and done in playoffs or who cares what our record is in the month of December what about the rest of the season... fans want a Super Bowl.

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:25 pm

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

We had Norv in DC for 6 years... He is Mr. Mediocre...  He will rise talent to mediocre and bring talent down to mediocre...

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:23 pm

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

When are the Chargers going to figure out that they're not going to win the NFL title until they fire Norv Turner AND the GM.  Those guys took a team that was on a path to the Super Bolw and destroyed it with bad coaching and head trip personel moves.   


Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:15 pm

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

Turner's job should only be saved if they somehow pull off making the playoffs this year.  Turner has had too many chances with a very good team and until this year it has been a relatively poor division.  Last year should prove alone that he shouldnt even had made to this year considering the Chargers were overall top 3 in the NFL statistically in both offense and defense.  Those stats alone shows that the coaching couldnt find a way to win games which is what hes getting paid to do.  Rivers has had a rough year but was a top 5 quarterback in the previous 3 including a 4700 yard performance last year that should easily catapult any team into the playoffs.  Sadly Charger fans if it is true that Norv Turner's job will possibly be saved if he wins out, I would hope they lose both. 

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