Phillip Rivers can make Norv Turners head hurt with a bad season. Photo by MSA/Icon SMI
It is time for Norv Turner to start winning some games if he wants to be the head coach of the San Diego Chargers much longer. Norv Turner has a record of 49 and 31 in six seasons with the Chargers. Last year's eight and eight record despite having the best quarterback in the division really hurt Turner.
The fans in San Diego are real laid back to the point of seldom showing up for games. That is a sign that the coach and product are stale and it's time for a change. And this is a franchise that fired Marty Schottenheimer after a 14-2 record a few years back.
Norv Turner got a genius label as the offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys in their glory years under Jimmy Johnson. Well with Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and that offensive line even I could look smart as an OC.
To his credit Norv Turner parlayed that success into three head coaching gigs with the Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers. Under the Redskins and Raiders Turner did suffer under meddling owners but hasn't had that issue with the Chargers.
Turner DOES have a fine offensive mind and is from the old Chargers coaching tree started by Don "Air" Coryell. Turner tweaked the system to favor a power running game and medium to long passes to set up the run. Turner also likes to involve the tight ends like Jay Novacek and Antonio Gates.
However having a good mind for offense does not always make one a great NFL head coach. Norv Turner's teams have a habit of underachieving and then trying to make a run to get into the playoffs. When a team shows no heart it is an indication that one the coach is a poor motivator and or two that he has lost the team.
That being said the AFC West is wide open and the Chargers have as good a chance as any to win it. Norv Turner needs to win at least one playoff game in 2012 to save his job in my opinion.
For that to happen Phillip Rivers needs to bounce back from a subpar season. I think with Peyton Manning in the division the quarterback play will improve from all the teams. Nobody wants to get shown up with all the attention that Manning will bring to the division.
If Rivers and Ryan Matthews have a good year then Norv Turner may look smart again and keep the job with the San Diego Chargers. Only time will tell how the 2012 NFL season will unfold.