The San Diego Chargers had any chance for a playoff berth go right out the window Sunday afternoon. The Bolts stunk up the joint against the Cincinnati Bengals and lost 34-20. The Chargers now sit at 8-7 and will not reach the playoffs for the first time in five years. After such a disappointing season, this has to be the end of Norv Turner’s time as the head coach in San Diego, right?
What makes this season’s mediocrity maddening, is that it was totally avoidable. The Chargers started 2-5, with losses to Kansas City, Seattle, Oakland and St. Louis. Despite having the NFL’s top defense and No. 2 offense, Turner couldn’t get his guys to win.
Since he has been in San Diego, Turner has had some of the most talented teams in the NFL, and in four years he has posted a 36-20 regular season record, while going 3-3 in the playoffs. I’m sorry, but that isn’t good enough.
Turner’s teams start slow and finish well late in the season, before losing in the playoffs. Had they had an average start this year, the Chargers would have run away with the AFC West title. Instead, they did what they did in 2009 (2-3 start), 2008 (4-8 start) and 2007 (1-3 start) and put themselves in a hole early in the year. It’s ridiculous and there is no excuse for it.
In each of his four years in San Diego, Turner has failed to inspire any sort of urgency in his team early in the season. In fact, he hasn’t inspired them at all.
Despite the fact that the Chargers went 13-3 last year (before losing their first playoff game) and Turner was given a contract extension in the offseason, he needs to be fired. San Diego general manager A.J. Smith must make a move to show the players and fans that mediocrity is not acceptable. There is a ton of talent on the Chargers’ roster and continuing to let a blind man captain the ship is not a good idea.
The Chargers need new blood if they hope to finally get over the hump and do something special. Norv Turner is not the man to guide them to the promised land. We’ve all known that for a long time, now it is as apparent as ever.