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Is Norv Turner All That?

Do you credit Norv Turner for getting the Chargers to 8-8, or do you blame him?

Posted by Emil Steiner on December 30, 2008 7:18 AM
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midas20874: I agree with the sensible editors who applauded what Norv did this year. I would say Norv Turner did a tremendous job against all odds to ta...

clamb1: Norv Turner has to be the worst head coach who continues to get jobs. I don't understand how he does that or why teams continue to hire him...

w2rgp: clamb1 Well Norv's better that Gibbs II, and also Zorn!...

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Efffyew2 Author Profile Page :

Norv is the king of 8-8

bucinka8 Author Profile Page :

Please. If the Chargers won the Super Bowl, Norv Turner still wouldn't be a genius. Even a blind pig finds an acorn once in a while.

Ultramarine Author Profile Page :

Is it me? Or is Norv the coach with Nine Lives? How the heck did he get this job with the Chargers in the first place? Was it his stellar success in his first two stints as a coach? I must have missed that.

So now, he takes the second best team in the league, and runs it to mediocrity faster than you can blink your eyes. And we're supposed to cheer him on for scrounging an .500 record out of a dismal start. The playoffs had a lot less to do with the Charger's success, then it did the meteoric slide of the Broncos. Let’s look at how the Charger’s got to 8-8, shall we:

They got 4 wins from the bottom feeders of their division the woeful Chiefs and Raiders. And a fifth win from the pre-Singletary era 49ers. And they could only win three more?

How many playoff teams did they beat? Uhh, ZERO.

Give me a break. On strength of wins, this is far less than a .500 team. The Chargers are the AFC version of the Cardinals.

Ultramarine Author Profile Page :

Tony Dungy and Norv Turner should NEVER be spoken of in the same context. Dungy’s record: 148-78-0 (including playoffs). Turner’s record: 77-95-1 (including playoffs.) Dungy has sent his team to the Playoffs in 11 of 13 years. Turner, 3 of 11 years. It’s night and day.

And no, looking at the pre-super bowl Dungy the picture doesn’t change much: his record before winning the Super Bowl when his job was still supposedly in jeopardy? 121-70. Dungy’s record when he was fired? 96-54.

Tony Dungy got fired while being a FAR better a coach then Norv Turner, yet we are supposed to think of them as in the same boat (prior to Dungy’s winning a Super Bowl.)

I wouldn’t call that Genius… but it is truly Offensive.

dolph924 Author Profile Page :

Norv Turner took 12-4 talent and managed to eke out 8 wins with it -- one of his career best performances. He is a sheep, a follower of men, destined to stand forever on the sidelines with a look of pain on his face as his team loses another big game. Indy will CRUSH San Diego this weekend and you'll get to see that classic look again. He must have pictures of the SD owner with farm animals to still be employed at this point. How he manages to get coaching jobs given his dreadful record as a head coach is beyond me.

thegrouch Author Profile Page :

maybe the Post and its readers should get over Norv Turner and move on. Have any of you "football fans" noted that all visiting teams are favored on wild card weekend, historically a big weekend for home teams??

midas20874 Author Profile Page :

I agree with the sensible editors who applauded what Norv did this year. I would say Norv Turner did a tremendous job against all odds to take the Chargers to the palyoffs this year reagardless of the .500 mark. How about the way his team demolished the rival Broncos on Sunday night. There was no mistaken refree to bailout the Broncos from the 31-point loss and that has resulted in the firing of the longest tenured NFL coach in Mike Shanahan. How ironic?

I have always admired the offensive mind of Norv. How about the Cowboys last glorious years when he was the offensive coordinator? The last time the Redskins had a respectable season was in 1999 season when Norv won 10 games, NFC East champions and advanced to the semis of the Conference finals. The Oakland experience was a bad dream. I mean, how many coaches have won there since Jon Gruden left for Tampa in 2001?

Chargers may still lose to Payton Manning led Indy this wild card weekend. But with their win over the Colts in last year playoffs, homecourt advantage (I still wonder about that though. How come an 8-8 team which lost to the opponent during the regular season have an homecourt advantage over that opponent with an 11-5 record? It just does not make any sense to me. But then, many things do not these days... I digress), their late season resurgence and lack of running game by the colts; wonders may still happen.

Norv may not be enshrined in Canton after his career is over. But no one should doubt his offensive mind.

clamb1 Author Profile Page :

Norv Turner has to be the worst head coach who continues to get jobs. I don't understand how he does that or why teams continue to hire him for the head coaching position. He's a great offensive coordinator and that's where he should stay.

w2rgp Author Profile Page :

clamb1

Well Norv's better that Gibbs II, and also Zorn!

 
 
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