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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