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Source: Turner, A.J. could return to Bolts

Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:29 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 4:51 pm
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There seems to be a lot of waffling on the future of San Diego coach Norv Turner, and, according to a source close to the organization, there's good reason. He believes that Turner and general manager A.J. Smith will be retained.

Of course, that's not set in concrete. Nothing is this time of year. But it's the first tangible sign that both will return next season.

Turner has two years left on his contract at $3 million per, and Smith has three years left at $2 million per season. According to the source, he believes that ownership is reluctant to fire each or both, then have to pay them.

But there's more to it than that. Quarterback Philip Rivers is a big fan of Turner and voiced his support Sunday for his embattled head coach. Team president Dean Spanos is reluctant to fire Turner, too, one reason he wants time to sit on the decision.

The public, of course, has made its displeasure with the Chargers known, but this year's team did not have the playmakers and talent people associate with the club. Injuries depleted the offensive line and wide receivers, tight end Antonio Gates played through a painful foot injury and the defense leaked too often.

Plus, there were too many turnovers, with Rivers committing a career-worst 20 interceptions.

Nevertheless, the Chargers won four of their last five starts to finish in a three-way tie for first in the AFC West -- with the club losing the tiebreaker to Denver. That the team fought down the stretch will count for something, but it's the second time in two seasons the Chargers missed the playoffs.

That will go into Spanos' thinking. But so will a business decision. That's one reason he begged off on making an immediate move, saying he needed a couple of days to think about it. 





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Since: Sep 6, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:13 am
 

Source: Turner, A.J. could return to Bolts

It's unreal how egos work, Spanos should never have given Turner the extension & Smith is as hard headed as they come. Turner is one of the worst head coaches, always has excuses for his poor coaching. Spanos & Smith won't admit that they have made horrible decisions - nice move with 2 current Saints(what a hot head Rivers is).



Since: Oct 13, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:06 am
 

Source: Turner, A.J. could return to Bolts

I agree it's time to move on with new leadership. The rest of the AFC West is improving and we are going nowhere fast with all the talent we have.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 5:02 am
 

Source: Turner, A.J. could return to Bolts

So much pablum in this thread, its hard to figure out where to start. But just keep chirping that its Norv and AJ at fault like mindless hand-puppets.
How about that Rivers fumble on MNF against the Chiefs? Or that insipid SOFT D Manusky played against the Lions? Or a porous O-line that couldn't protect Rivers for longer than 2 1/2 seconds? I don't care WHO the QB is, if you are harassed all day, you're going to pretty much suck. I could go on (and on) about this debacle of a past season the Bolts just had, but you don't make the playoffs on "What-ifs"....
And good lord, let the 14-2 Marty thing rest, would ya? Something like 47-33 with the Chargers, which I grant you, ain't bad, but whats the point? The guy was WINLESS in the playoffs, and his coaching in that NE playoff loss was an absolute embarrassment.
Oh, and Lost Boy Steve? you are REALLY lost when it comes to your comments about Brees. Only TWO TEAMS had any interest in him
after the injury, and Miami backed out of the running because of MEDICAL CONCERNS. Not only that, but Brees wasn't very good in his days as a Bolt. Look it up, dude. I'm happy for his success as a Saint, but letting him go was the best move for all concerned at the time.
In the end? there's plenty of fodder for finger-pointing as to why the Charger's season was so disappointing, but it ain't all on Norv or A.J. as one would believe if just going by the simpleton Norv/AJ haters.




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Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:40 am
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Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:21 am
 

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everybody seems to forget that last year rivers completed more passes to a greater range of receivers than any other point in his career...plus, san diego also had the #1 pass rushing team in the league last year, and they still missed the playoffs, so to say that this year woulda been more productive is 'this happened, or that happened" is just lame excuses, this team is so bloody good from top to bottom, sure with every new season a team gets abit weaker here, or stronger there, but overall, there is no reason for this team to be losing......  if not the head coaCH, THEN WHO?  



Since: Dec 26, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:12 am
 

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He was there in the 90s remember? Or you are just a tweener Big-D fan? Oh yes, you can have Norv back if D-man Jerry Jones would like a trade, of sort. He made you guys SB champs twice and he may yet be again. Who knows? Wanna trade? Call Dean Spanos...



Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:09 am
 

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Delusional, why???  If Norv gets fired, he's not going to be head coach anywhere else, he will end up being a coordoinator, so why not just stay and be the OC in SD. The Chargers have to pay him anyway, so why fire him and give him free money. He can stay and still coach. He would end up being the highest paid OC in the league.



Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:49 am
 

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Keeping Manusky as DC would be the biggest mistake...Sorry, I'm not for anyone in any profession losing their job, but it was painfully evident, even as the Offense was moving up and down the field this past Sunday, so were the Raiders.  What did Palmer pass for? Around 420 yards?  Norv can definitely manage a mean offense, when stars are healthy of course, but as far as the D, a major overhaul is in order.  And then the San Diego Chargers should return to form.



Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:04 am
 

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Anyone who thinks Norv Turner, or any head coach, would take a demotion to Offensive Coordinator is delusional.  The key to the Chargers is Antonio Gates, when he is healthy their offense is unstoppable.



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:48 pm
 

Source: Turner, A.J. could return to Bolts

turner might be good fit as o-coord for the cowboys. our playing calling wasn't very good at all.


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