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Doug Farrar

Doug Farrar

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It's Norv's Team Now


When Turner took over the Chargers for the 2007 season, he inherited quite possibly the most talented team in the NFL, and he replaced a coach in Marty Schotenheimer whose firing was a very questionable decision. The Chargers had a good run after a slow start, but the perception was that Norv was along for the ride.

In 2008, with the loss of Shawne Merriman and LaDanian Tomlinson's inevitable decline, I think it's become more Turner's team. He's faced adversity in the form of another .500 half-season and another turnaround with some real aplomb. If there's one thing Turner knows how to do, it's the development of quarterbacks, and Philip Rivers is now one of the NFL's best. A redefined rushing attack and surprising receivers now rule the day.

I don't think anyone's going to put Norv in the coaching Pantheon anytime soon, but in taking the Chargers back to the playoffs with some tough obstacles in the way, he's made it more his team, and less a team with a guy who happens to call the plays.

By Doug Farrar  |  December 30, 2008; 11:29 AM ET  | Category:  San Diego Chargers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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