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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.






Comments

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:27 pm
 

No shocker that Turner, A.J. back

shocker to me. Spanos just gave Turner his last chance again until next year no matter how far the team falls. Marty and Drew didn't miss a thing here.



Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:37 pm
 

No shocker that Turner, A.J. back

Really difficult to understand this. No head football coach in NFL history has been given a longer leash than Norv Turner.  His career record is 106-113.  He is the ONLY coach in NFL history to have coached THAT many games, won that many games and lost that many games while having a LOSING record.  So, it's baffling he's being given yet another chance next year. Haven't they seen enough at this point?  Anyway, I'm not a Chargers fan, so this is good news for me. 



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:36 pm
 

No shocker that Turner, A.J. back

The concern was Brees' shoulder, and only TWO teams thought that rotator cuff injury would ever heal. And of those two, Miami backed out. Yeah, Drew is HoF now, but if you knew anything about the Chargers, you'd know that Brees was only a .500 QB as a Bolt.


Still sipping the AJ Kool Aid, eh Sawfish???

There was NO ONE except Spanos and A55Clown Smith claiming that Brees's career was over. If you bought their crap and are still buying it, I pity you...

Point of fact is that Brees was a young QB playing under Shotzy a NON PASSING HC. What would Brees done with the GENIUS Norv Turner helping him out? We'll never know. All we know is that he HAS become a HOF QB. Phillip Rivers is not. BTW, I think it's HILARIOUS PRiv's "backing" of Numbskull Norv pulled so much weight with Spanos....I mean the QB who led the league in interceptions really should be making those decisions.

And what of the rest of my post, Numbskull lover? Got no snappy idiotic retort for any of the rest of it, eh? We can only wait and see what dumb decisions come next. Here's one....franchise tag VJax again...that way you're paying a top-20-at-best WR top 5 money!!! Or let him walk away without any compensation when you could have gotten a 1st and a 3rd for him last season?  Got Buster Davis? Got Malcom Flloyd?  Terrible.

Looks like you're in the FAAAAAAAAAAAAAR MINORITY here, little sister. NO ONE wants AJ or Norv back. More of the same. More wimpering from you....and then the next "SHOCK" -- when the Chargers move to LA.

What a terrible organization.



Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:27 pm
 

Not a shock...that Spanos chose mediocrity...

...instead of short term pain for long term success. Now Charger fans have to put up with another year of AJ in the draft.  Who's the next Larry English? Buster Davis? and when all AJ can do in free agency is to bring in Bob Sanders, Takeo Spikes and other guys past their prime to save a few bucks, that's the kind of performance we can expect. An 8-8 season.  Mediocrity rules again.  Welcome back Norv and AJ. At least we Charger fans live in San Diego and have other things to do....



Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:08 pm
 

No shocker that Turner, A.J. back

norv sucks!!!




Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 8:19 pm
 

No shocker that Turner, A.J. back

>The concern was Brees' shoulder, and only TWO teams thought that rotator cuff injury would ever heal. And of those two, Miami backed out. Yeah, Drew is HoF now, but if you knew anything about the Chargers, you'd know that Brees was only a .500 QB as a Bolt.
>

What was Philip Rivers as a Chargers QB before they let Brees walk? Did he even start one game in his career?

The big thing was they had LT during his prime. They needed to win when LT was in his prime, not turn the team over to an unproven quarterback. Now LT is gone and Rivers may be good but they have no running game. The Chargers would have had a lot better chance of winning a Super Bowl had Brees been the QB during LT's prime.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:40 pm
 

No shocker that Turner, A.J. back

foutsrules.....the only problem is that those 3 other teams have all won SUPER BOWLS in that 4 years!



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:38 pm
 

No shocker that Turner, A.J. back

The San Diego Chargers...mediocrity at its finest (in America's Finest City)



Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:26 pm
 

No shocker that Turner, A.J. back

No shock!  It shocked me.  This team is way to talented to continue to fail to teams like The Broncos.  A coaching change did wonders to the 49er's this season.  Your telling me a coach like Fisher, Cowher or Gruden couldn't make the Chargers a winning playoff team?  I used to enjoy watching The Chargers.  Now I dread it.



Since: Nov 12, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:18 pm
 

No shocker that Turner, A.J. back

Brees was a juggernaut by Marty, he would play and then pull him. And it probably helped Brees in the long run, it also gave him a chance to see from the sidelines things he wasn't seeing as the game was still too fast for him. The last year he played and got injured he was doing well and if I remember right tough close losses and a couple key injuries where they fell short. Brees was just coming into his own when he got injured, Marty knew that, saw that, which is why he started playing MartyAir and not MartyBall. Too bad for the injury to Brees, because when he went to the Saints that first year I do believe they made it to the NFC Champioship game. So what I am saying in that remark of Brees being a .500 QB did not truly equate to what he learned as a Charger and brought to his game as a Saint. I wonder what would have been if they had kept Brees because Marty surely wanted him, who knows that 14-2 coulda been with a SB win with Brees as their QB.


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