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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
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: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:27 pm

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

Please retain them. really please do.

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:23 pm

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

     Being a huge Charger fan since the Epic in Miami, I've been very disappointed with the team the last few seasons. However, I'm in the minority when it comes to Norv. I think he should be retained. He's a great offensive mind; you won't find a better play-caller in the league. When the Bolts went to the AFC Championship game with Rivers on one leg, and LT and Gates hurt, no one complained. We had a great offense, good special teams, and a defense that put pressure on the QB. I think we still have a great offense, but these guys need to start to stay healthy for an entire year. When VJax, Gates and Floyd are healthy and playing together, the Chargers score 30 points. The special teams was a disgrace last season, granted, and Norv has to take some heat for that. But the D is the problem. It's a freakin disgrace. Larry English? Really? This D hasn't been the same since Merriman got hurt. Philips is a nice complimentary rusher, and so is Barnes. What we need, though, is another Merriman. Or two. Draft, or sign, 2 pass rushers. and hire a defensive coordinator who will blitz and put some heat on the freakin QB. Watching the Lions game, I wanted to throw up. The D played so soft and just allowed the Lions to do whatever they wanted. In closing, give Norv one more year. I think with a pass rush this is an 11-12 win team next year, and will easily win the AFC West......

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:21 pm

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It's a business decision.  Mr Spanos will have to pay out a lot of money to remove all-around good friend Norv and really decent GM AJ.  Then he will have to set a few million dollars cash money to lay of assistants.  Spanos should encourage AJ to retire, whereupon the coaching staff will resign on masse.  Spanos could hire Bill Polian who in turn  could talk Bill Cowher to coach this team.  Cowher would make SD a super bowl contender with a few good drafts.

Can't wait for the OTAs,NFL draft and the Commissioner's state of the NFL address.  Football.  The best entertainment value for mankind. 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:01 pm

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If we got Bill Polian, he would entice a quality head coach.... that would make me pretty damn happy :)

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:54 pm

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I guess if you enjoy not making the playoffs every year, being humilated on live TV, sure, why not keep Smith and Turner. I just saw one of the best GM's is looking for a new job though. Spanos could do alot worse than hire Polian. OH WAIT, they are doing worse by keeping Smith and Turner. Change is good.

Since: Nov 10, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:45 pm

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

The San Diego offense is fine.  They did great in the last 5 games of the season once the receivers got healthy.  Rivers is still an elite QB.  People forget about all those pro bowl offensive linemen he lost for the season.  Norv runs a very effective offense when they can stay healthy.  The problem with the Chargers is the defense.  We've had 2 successful defensive coordinators the past few years, but haven't been able to keep them.  Wade Philips left to coach the Cowboys, and Ron Rivera went to Carolina.  We've got some great talent on defense, but this Manusky guy isn't cutting it, and Norv is just an offensive coach.  This whole mess isn't all Norv's fault, and even with all the injuries we came within a missed field goal of making the playoffs. 

Its obvious that Rivers wants to keep Norv for the offense, so either :

A:  Keep him as HC, and hire a defensive coordinator who knows what he's doing.
or B:  Move him to OC, and get a solid defensive head coach like Bill Cowher.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:43 pm

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well said.....He is a bad omen to every team he has coached, he has not been a winner on any team he coached ever!....he just isnt a good head coach...period.....but they keep bringing him back....go ahead , one more year in SD and another year missing the playoffs

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:41 pm

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

Mr. Spanos should fire AJ Smith (he learned absolutely nothing from his mentor). Turner has proven that he is not a capable head coach, but he sure is one innovative offensive coordinator. While Jim Harbaugh made Alex Smith into a serviceable QB Turner was able to coach Smith and turn him into a Pro Bowl-type player. I'd hire Norv Turner the OC without hesitation. But as a head coach...I'll pass. It could be worse. Spanos could be considering hiring Mike Martz as head coach. Just bring back Marty Schottenheimer. He was the last successful Chargers head coach.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:34 pm

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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 10:31 pm

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Turner must give great h$$d. This guy has destroyed 3 teams already and keeps going. He ruined my Skins, the Raiders and took a great Chargers team NOWHERE!! LT saved him for a few years but he can not get it done. Why are the Charger fans having a protest outside the stadium. Occupy the team HQ. AFC west is weak. The team with the best QB should win the divison and Tebow is not the best QB in the AFC west. Go ahead and waste away San Diego.  

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