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No shocker that Turner, A.J. back

Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:49 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2012 5:08 pm
Dean Spanos' decision to retain Norv Turner and A.J. Smith wasn't exactly a surprise. There were rumblings following last weekend's defeat of Oakland that Spanos was considering retaining them, with one source on Monday telling me he thought both would be back.

And that's precisely what happened.

Turner had two more years left on a contract that pays him $3 million per, and Smith has three more years left on a deal that pays him $2 million annually. But money was not the consideration here, I was told. Spanos is simply resistant to change, reluctant to make a sweeping overhaul unless he feels he must, and with the Chargers winning four of their last five he believed Turner deserved another chance.

It couldn't have hurt, either, that star quarterback Philip Rivers spoke out in favor of retaining his coach after the Chargers finished the season. Rivers is not only the club's best player; he's the spokesman for the team. And when he defended Turner, he had to make an impression with Spanos.

This doesn't mean that Turner is in the clear. On the contrary, the club missed the playoffs the last two years, and that's a problem. Spanos won't tolerate another 8-8 season, so Turner has been put on alert. My guess is that he either wins the AFC West next season or it's on to another coach.

But at least he has the chance.

A week ago, I never thought that was possible. But Spanos' move is made in the name of continuity, something the Chargers lacked over the years, and he must figure that if it can work for others maybe, just maybe, it can work for him. If you believe in your head coach -- and Spanos is fond of Turner -- then you give him every opportunity to prove you right.

Spanos just gave Turner his last chance.


Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:44 am

No shocker that Turner, A.J. back

Pure post was given a score of 12?  It is sheer genius to the point most of you could not figure out what I was getting at......Marty is a choker come playoff time and is a dinosaur, hence he has not sniffed the NFL since.  

Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:41 am

No shocker that Turner, A.J. back

Are you referring to .613 Marty or .278 Marty? 

Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:38 am

No shocker that Turner, A.J. back

LOL...I really enjoy when fans (not players) use the word "we."  As in "we" won a Super Bowl and you have not. Unless you played for the team, you work for the team. own the team or have shares in the team (see Green Bay Packers shareholders), please refrain from said usage of "we."  Yes, you did back up your history lesson ('85 SB win) with a reference to a dismal SB appearance in this century, but the Bears are not by any means a better organization than the Chargers, on or off the field of late.  If so, it is like saying the Indians are better than the Royals.  You may be right, but you still are not elite and will never be elite with Cutler.  Solid, almost good, but not elite.     

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:51 am

No shocker that Turner, A.J. back

Maxpower - FACTS?!?!  As in The Bears HAVE won a playoff game in the past 4 years?

Facts?  As in we have a SuperBowl victory? (and didn't embarass ourselves like the Chargers did!)

Facts?  As in we've been to the SuperBowl this century?

Facts? As in we play in a real division (ie one in which FIVE teams have played in the Conference Championship Game in the past five years? AFC Wurst which Bolt Dolts beat their chests about winning?  Last 5 years?  ONE appearance!!!! Not just from the Chargers...  FROM THE WHOLE DIVISION!!!

Yes. The Chargers are a terrible organization. Arguably they're the most dysfunctional organization in all of sports. Take a look at this thread and see what almost EVERYONE is saying. Your team is the punchline of many many many jokes.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:41 am

No shocker that Turner, A.J. back

Well played Chargers... I see your plan to move to LA is in motion... Kept Norv and A.J. so fans won't show up to games, or renew their season tickets... That way you can say San Diego isn't supporting the Chargers enough... There is your out to become the LA Chargers of San Diego

Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 12:16 am

No shocker that Turner, A.J. back

Make no mistake about this decision.  It is a business decision not a football decision.  The cheap Spanos family would be out 12 million dollars had Dean decided to get rid of the underperforming Smith and Turner.  Now he just has to pay one GM and Coach.   This organization has been second rate since Gene Klein.  They have stumbled into good performers like Rivers and Gates.  Their other first round picks in the past five years have been total busts.  They don't go after free agents and pick up players on the undrafted free agent list.  Cheap, cheap, cheap.

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:52 pm

No shocker that Turner, A.J. back

Should check your facts....

Who do you think The offensive Cordinator was when Drew Brees was QB his first 3 years in SD?
Take a guess.....

Brees lost so many games and had to be benched in favor of Flutie the year the Bolts finished in dead last and needed to  Draft Rivers.

Malcom Floyd is a great reciever at a very low draft pick. He is  better than any reciever on the bears.

Why do you feel the need to call the Bolts a "Terrible Organization"...
If you would only look at the team would know more about what you speak so angrily and out of place of. 

Since: Dec 25, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:23 pm

No shocker that Turner, A.J. back

Tina Turner would make a better coach than Norv Turner, and she could sing the national anthem before each home loss so Spanos could save on the pre-game expense of a singer.  While Norv may be a nice guy, A.J. is simply a jerk.  No way do I renew my season tickets with that moron in charge.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:20 pm

No shocker that Turner, A.J. back

Well you worked a miracle Norv, now how about you coach more like the end of the other words like your coaching life depends on it. The conservative/predictable/boring approach doesn't work!!! 

Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:10 pm

No shocker that Turner, A.J. back

This is just concrete proof that Dean Spanos (Owner of the Chargers) is one of the most clueless owners in the league. Norv Turner is an absolute failure as a coach. Teams ultimately take on their coaches personality and the Chargers have done just that. Soft, no toughness and no leadership when things don't go well.

A.J. Smith hasn't drafted well since Marty left them and his people skills are the worst by any GM in the league. Bottom line is that by bringing back those two losers, the Chargers have basically declared themselves a non- Super Bowl threat for next year. Good job
Mr. Spanos. As a Steelers fan, I love knowing that there is one less team to worry about next season. 

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