Despite Win, Norv Turner Still on Shaky Ground
Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes and the Chargers’ defense added two late scores on Chiefs’ turnovers, as San Diego Chargers routed visiting Kansas City Chiefs, 31-13, on Thursday night. However, the team's performance may not have done anything to help coach Norv Turner's standing with the team.
According Yahoo! Sports, Turner may still not be around for the long haul.
San Diego's Thursday night win reportedly saved Norv Turner's job, but for how long? Owner Dean Spanos had thought through what he might do if the Chargers had lost their fourth straight game, two sources told Yahoo! Sports. As hard as it would have been (the Chargers don't have anybody else on the coaching staff who has ever been an offensive coordinator or who has called the plays), Spanos likely would have pulled the plug on Turner. And according to the aforementioned report, he would have been replaced by special-teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia. ... The real question is whether Turner -- who is still under immense pressure, according to one of the sources -- will continue to survive his merry-go-round run on the coaching hot seat.
Turner's tenure with the San Diego Chargers has been a roller coaster ride to say the least. Turner was hired in 2007. He went 11-5 that year and got the team to the playoffs where they lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.
However, the following season the team struggled to an 8-8 record and limped into the playoffs. Despite a win over the Peyton Manning-led Indianapolis Colts, the team lost the following week to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The following years continued the trend with the team going 13-3 in 2009, but then 9-7 in 2010 and 8-8 in 2011.
Many fans were disappointed when Turner was originaly hired. His previous stints with the Washington Redskins (49-59) and the Oakland Raiders (9-23) ended with losing records. However, his work as an offense coordinator helped convince the Chargers to give him a chance.