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Jon DeNunzio

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Good Job, Norv

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I really want to rip Norv Turner here. I would really love to write that he took a Chargers team good enough to get to Super Bowl XLIII and made it exceedingly difficult to win a weak division. I really want to point out that Turner somehow turned San Diego into a team that had to claw to a one-point win over pathetic Kansas City *twice* this season.

But you know what? I think it might be time to cut good ol' Norv break.

Take away a miracle pass from Jake Delhomme to Dante Rosario on the final play in Week 1, and the Chargers open with a 24-19 win over the Panthers. Take away Ed Hochuli's quick whistle at Denver in Week 2, and the Chargers start 2-0 instead of 0-2.

Considering the confidence a 2-0 start would have created, who's to say Norv and the Chargers wouldn't win one or two other games they lost later on? But even if everything stayed the same after Week 2, erasing those two moments means the Chargers go 10-6 with just one bad loss -- at Buffalo in Week 7. The Chargers' five other losses were respectable: at Miami, at New Orleans, at Pittsburgh, vs. Indianapolis and vs. Atlanta.

What I'm saying is this is a good team, and Turner didn't mess it up. The brains at footballoutsiders.com agree -- they have San Diego as the sixth-best team in the league based on their complex but compelling DVOA ratings.

Does that mean Norv is a lock to coach the Chargers to a playoff win this weekend against the Colts? I really want to say that... but I'm not crazy.

By Jon DeNunzio  |  December 30, 2008; 7:24 AM ET  | Category:  San Diego Chargers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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