Norv Turner Is Finally Done, Right?

December 27, 2010 – 3:12 am by Ryan Phillips

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.

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  1. 12 Responses to “Norv Turner Is Finally Done, Right?”

  2. I agree. The offense is predictable and the special teams need help. Wide receivers, a healthy backfield and a new coach are needed bad for a run next year.

    By Nagurski on Dec 27, 2010

  3. Admittedly Norv Turner has had difficulty getting the Chargers to play up to their ability and this pattern of under performance for a group of well paid professionals is unacceptable. However, the remedy isn’t just to remove Turner,A.J. Smith’s arrogance has caused more miscues and created an organizational culture that tolerates marginal performance not just for one game but for season after season. Everyone seems to bow to his ability to recognize talent but it is effort that wins.

    By jj taverna on Dec 27, 2010

  4. The end results were predictable when you refuse to negociate with 2 pro bowlers that would have help/clinch the league.
    A.J. Smith is as much to blame as Norv

    By smogrider on Dec 27, 2010

  5. The Chargers have been on the decline ever since Turner took over this team.It is time for new blood at the helm to motivate this talented group of players. Time to let arrogant AJ go as well. He has handcuffed this team with his arrogance toward certain players he does not like. The Chargers should have been in 1 or 2 Super Bowls in the last 4 years.

    By bolthead on Dec 27, 2010

  6. If only Marty had gotten the same treatment as Norv!

    By Laughing in ID on Dec 27, 2010

  7. We should have keep Marty and got rid of AJ

    By mark on Dec 27, 2010

  8. they need a coach who knows when the season actually starts

    By tuco on Dec 27, 2010

  9. I knew from the minute Norv was hired he wasn’t taking the Chargers any where. Fire Norv and do what it takes to hire Bill Cower.

    By Rick P. on Dec 27, 2010

  10. While I’m not the biggest A.J. Smith fan in the world, his ability for eying talent can’t be denied. Smith isn’t going anywhere. The problem is, he hitched his wagon to Turner after the feud with Marty.

    Let’s hope he wises up and dumps Turner, or convinces him to retire or something.

    By Phillips on Dec 27, 2010

  11. Hire Jeff Fisher and win the Superbowl

    By Ken W on Dec 27, 2010

  12. The truth of the matter is that the Chargers are only obligated to play one more season in San Diego. There will be no changes made because after next season the Chargers are moving north!

    By Mike on Dec 27, 2010

  13. That is really what it all comes down to who is going to LA is it San Diego or Minnesota, my believe is that san diego is setting it self up for the move north that is why it does not care who is coaching next year. Chargers owners just don’t care right now! thats the bottom line

    By ED on Dec 27, 2010

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