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Norv Turner will remain SD's coach

Posted on: December 27, 2010 8:47 pm
Norv Turner will keep his job as San Diego's coach (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For all of us who thought that Chargers coach Norv Turner would get the ax this year (especially after the team didn’t make the postseason), well, I guess we were wrong.

Team owner Dean Spanos said today that the jobs of Turner and San Diego GM A.J. Smith are safe and sound.

Your explanation, Mr. Spanos?

“I’ve learned the hard way,” Spanos said, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. “Your GM and coach have to be two individuals who work together. It’s very difficult for some teams; I’ve been through it. I like the working relationship at this level.

“We’re as disappointed as anyone. But I look to 1996 to 2003, when we couldn’t even get (beyond) 8-8. We’ve turned it around, to where we’re a good team and a good organization. There’s a lot of continuity, but we’re still short.

“The easiest thing in the world is to start over. Who the hell do I go hire? Blow the whole thing up? We’re a pretty good team but we have to make the right moves. We’ve fallen. It could have been our draft picks or our free-agent moves. But we have a good core, and I don’t care what anybody says. I’m not afraid to make changes. If I thought it was warranted, I would do it. We have a good foundation here.”

So, that’s that.

Although we could talk about Smith’s hard-nosed handling of Vincent Jackson or the propensity for Turner’s squads to start the season as slow as a tortoise who slips in molasses while on its way to mate with a slug, I suppose there’s not much point. For another season, Smith and Turner are safe.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:48 am

Norv Turner will remain SD's coach

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:18 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:31 am

Norv Turner will remain SD's coach

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Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2011 5:20 pm

Norv Turner will remain SD's coach

notorious98? YOU left out the OTHER game against the Jets, too. At home, and with everything to play for.
The Chargers sucked in that one as well. Remember 'Hermie'? AKA Chad Pennington? Look, I'm not saying the Bolts never
look bad in the playoffs. Seems that is our destiny for the most part. BUT, against New England? It was Marty. 14-2 and
we lost. (Marty got us a 15 yarder when he lost his cool) Coryell lost a freeze bowl game against Cincinatti.
The point is that is isn't Turner to blame.

It's the coach's job to motivate the players to play well.

That's the most ludicrous statement ever. It's also the PLAYERS job to play well. Sometimes they do, sometimes not. A sane person cannot fault the coach for every F-up on the field of play, but apparently YOU DO.

Actually, Turner only coached for 1 full season with Daniel Snyder as the owner.

AND?? Former Redskins owner was Jack(off) Kent Cooke, of who I could tell you PLENTY when he owned the Forum, the Lakers and the Kings. Another buttinski owner. Might as well have been Al Davis. But you're right. With Snyder as owner, it's been nowhere but up for the Deadskins. Where are they NOW? And you want to use Snyder's move firing Turner as proving your point? HA HA HA

And for you AFC West chest-pounder fans flying Chiefs and raiders flags??

Your last section of drivel is best, notorious98. There's nothing funny about it. Let's use YOUR stats. 40 years, 17 playoff appearances.
Uh, that's almost 50% of the time in the playoffs. I'll take that stat spread over 40 years ANYDAY. And how convenient you IGNORED my point. That is: The Chiefs and Raiders have been pathetic for so many years now, it's their fans going bonkers because they might reach .500 or better. Hey, good for KC. And for oakland? I just want them to get better to resume what used to be a bloody-good hatred of one another. In the 80's, raider fans got confused as to which airport to buy their HOMEGAME airline tix too. The whole Irwindale thing still
makes me laff my a$$ off.
SCREW the Chiefs-raiders games. The last time these two played a game that meant anything, the NFC was kicking the AFC's a$$.
Promises are cheap. Let's see these two teams in the playoffs first, before you get all ga-ga about the resurrection/restructuring of power in the AFC West.

Epilog: Getting Real for AFC West 2011 :

Injuies notwithstanding, the Chiefs little house of cards will fall. Cassell is not a playoff QB (sorry, Prisco/Judge) Seems they all want to kiss his behind these days. Goodbye KC.
Can't decide on a QB? Campbell or ----ski. Goodbye raiders. Just a decent defense won't cut it. Goodbye raiders.
Rookie QB and a new coach/scheme. No hope, donkeys.
See y'all in 2011........lawyers, NFL, agents, owners and players willing.


Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2010 10:28 pm

Norv Turner will remain SD's coach

sawf1sh, you're leaving out a very important problem that the Chargers have suffered.  Too many times they come completely unprepared to play.  You just have to take a look at the sluggish/disinterested "effort" they put in against the Jets last year in the playoffs.  It's the coach's job to motivate the players to play well.  Instead they looked bewildered and befuddled.  They looked like they hadn't bothered practicing all week.  It's those types of things that Norv can't change because they stem from him.
Turner actually did ok in Washington under the dictator Snyder.

Actually, Turner only coached for 1 full season with Daniel Snyder as the owner.  Before the '99 season (his only playoff appearance as the Redskins' coach), Turner put up two barely better than .500 seasons (9-7, 8-7-1), two 6-10 seasons and a 3-13 season.  When the 'Skins fell to 7-6 after starting 6-2 in the 2000 season, Daniel Snyder did what Redskins fans had been wanting for a long time, he fired Norv.

And for you AFC West chest-pounder fans flying Chiefs and raiders flags?? Welcome back to the NFL. You've been gone a VERY long time.

So funny to see a Charger fan say that.  The team that spent the better part of their history as a laughing stock.  40 years of existance, 17 playoffs appearances, 12 double digit winning seasons, and 1 Super Bowl appearance.  I wonder if you Charger fans were puffing your chest out like this the last time you had a run like this.  You know, back in the late '70s/early '80s.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2010 7:42 pm

Norv Turner will remain SD's coach

I can see the argument for keeping AJ Smith, but why keep Norv Turner.

This is all about money. The Dolts signed Turner to a three year extension and are now stuck with him. They can't afford to pay him for three years AND pay is successor. I LOVE IT!!!

Signed, Chiefs fan.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2010 7:10 pm

Norv Turner will remain SD's coach

Oh, geeze, boltpatrol. Let the Marty thing GO already. It wasn't Marty's fault McCree chose to get those few extra yards against New England, just like Norv didn't fumble that end around on the first drive against Cincinatti. That was your boy VJax.
The point is? Performance on the field is predominantly determined by the PLAYERS, my friend. Why do you think we've won the West these last several years? Well, we've had the players (thanks to A.J. who now you diss... what? you want Beathard back?? HA!!)
And also we've had the WORST sparring partners imaginable in the now suddenly resurgent AFC West. That's right Chief and raider fans.
Had you guys not been rolling over for us the past half-decade or so, the Chargers would have been toughened up a bit come playoff time.
But now, you nimrods are chest-thumping because you're at or above .500 for the first time in HOW LONG?
Spanos is spot-on. As much as I absolutely HATE the way this season played out? I can't in a sane state of mind dump it on Turner.
What do you want TRUE Charger fans? To go out and get a GOOD head coach? Well pull your collective heads out of you-know-where.
Newsflash for you all... there just aren't that many out there. Maybe Rex Ryan for you really f'd up Bolt fans??
It IS all about the players, and the performance on the field.
This year? Injuries didn't help, but I gotta laugh at maggot-cum-bolt fans who want to blame Turner. DID YOU WATCH ANY OF THESE GAMES?
STUMBLIN' BUMBLIN' FUMBLIN' (sorry Chris Berman) Chargers. Name me ONE Bolt who had a stellar season. And still in the hunt until last Sunday's debacle.
I am more pissed than I can say about this season, but it ain't Norv. Look at all the fan-monkeys from other teams as nay-sayers.
Turner actually did ok in Washington under the dictator Snyder. Certainly better than ShanaRAT did, no? He sucked in Oakland because of puppetmaster Al.
Face it, amigos. Losing sucks. But I think when the pain of the 2010 season is gone, the air is cleared and reality sets in? The Chargers will be as good a pick as any to win the next SB, (no lockout permitting) and it won't be because of or despite having Norv as the head coach.
And gee, I thought that was the title of the thread.
And for you AFC West chest-pounder fans flying Chiefs and raiders flags?? Welcome back to the NFL. You've been gone a VERY long time.
For what it's worth? Go Chiefs. Make us proud.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2010 4:13 pm

Norv Turner will remain SD's coach

I don't think Schottenheimer and the GM got along. When the rubber met the road, the owner chose the GM. Probably a mistake.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2010 3:49 pm

Norv Turner will remain SD's coach

How many times have we as fans heard an owner say so and so is my Coach they never come out and say you bet I'm firing so and so.

Yeah, we heard it from Pat Bowlen as well.  The only difference is that the Chargers aren't in the playoffs, there's one more week to the season, they're playing a meaningless game against a meaningless opponent.  Who cares if they fire Norv now?  The other two firings were midseason and after both teams were realistically eliminated from the playoffs (the Cowboys hadn't been, but it was only a matter of time before it happened.)  Why bother giving a vote of confidence at this particular point in time unless it's genuine?

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2010 3:17 pm

Norv Turner will remain SD's coach

Schottenheimer's last year in 2006 they were 14-2 and got beat in the 1st round of the playoffs by the Pats. How many more years did Marty have left on his contract when they fired him, does anyone recall?? Because this makes absolutely no sense how Norv Turner still has a job.

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