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Chargers coach Turner need not apologize

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Left for dead, coach has Chargers in hunt

    By Monte Poole
    Staff columnist
    Posted: 01/06/2009

    WITH EIGHT MEN still standing, preparing to roam an NFL sideline this weekend, it doesn't take long to identify the one who isn't supposed to be there.

    Norv Turner sticks out like an angry, wounded badger that has planted its feet in the lion's den and will not go away.

    He's the only one who was disadvantaged from the start. After having his gut kicked several times in the first half of the season, he spent much of October and all of November dodging howls for his ouster.

    Turner is the only coach in these playoffs who was so badly mistreated that he received an apology from the league.

    Yet the Martinez native stubbornly refused to shrink out of sight. And here he is, in Round 2 of the postseason. He got here by punishing Mike Shanahan, eliminating Tony Dungy and knocking the slobber out of the odds.

    No matter how his San Diego Chargers fare as a six-point underdog Sunday at Pittsburgh, Turner can't be fired. Not now. Not after he has been so splendid in the clutch.

    The Chargers entered December with a 4-8 record. They were finished, as done as Terry Bradshaw's hairline.

    Turner was presumed to be a fired coach walking, even as San Diego president and CEO Dean Spanos and general manager A.J. Smith insisted otherwise. It was as if only they realized the Chargers had been without their best defensive player, Shawne Merriman, for all but one game and that their best offensive players, LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates, had been hobbling shadows of themselves.


    With the stakes at their highest and Turner's job security a daily topic in the San Diego area and around the NFL, the Chargers responded with a perfect December. They spanked the Raiders (34-7), nipped the Chiefs (22-21), whipped the Buccaneers (41-24) and, with their playoff fate riding on the final game, finished with an emphatic win (52-21) over Shanahan's Broncos.

    Turner had confronted the most important segment of the season, under the most challenging conditions, and coached as well as anyone in the league.

    In leading the Chargers to a 23-17 overtime win over Dungy's Indianapolis Colts last weekend, Turner improved his December-January record in San Diego to 12-1 over two seasons — not bad for a guy who spent two seasons in Oakland trembling in the presence of Al Davis before being dismissed as coach of the Raiders.

    While Turner shines the light of praise toward his players, they turn it back upon the coach. Quarterback Philip Rivers, the league's top-rated passer, is telling anyone who asks that Turner is the reason this team never quit.

    "The credit goes to our coach," Rivers told reporters after the win over Denver, reiterating it after the win over Indy. "He never changed. He stayed with it."

    Turner, by all accounts, never flinched. He got over the loss of Merriman, maintained his relationship with Rivers, replaced defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell with Ron Rivera, spotted Tomlinson with the mini-marvelous Darren Sproles and kept swinging.

    Turner was angry because he'd had one game, the first meeting with Denver, stolen by Ed Hochuli's officiating crew. The Broncos' game-winning two-point conversion came seconds after a call was blown in their favor. Hochuli, after further review, sent out letters of apology.

    Turner's gut was tight because four of San Diego's eight losses were by three or fewer points — the kind of games that sit like broken glass in the belly.

    Turner never gave in, never blamed his players, never felt sorry for himself. And, yes, he was aware of such Web sites as nomorenorv.com and http://www.firenorv.net/ . He knew he was as polarizing in San Diego as he had been ineffectual in Oakland.

    But how do you fire a coach after back-to-back division titles? Why would you want to dump the only man in NFL history to grab a 4-8 team and will it into the playoffs? How silly does it look to whine about a coach whose offense — with Tomlinson and Gates gritting their teeth through injuries all season — led the AFC in scoring?

    Respect the longevity of Tennessee's Jeff Fisher, Philadelphia's Andy Reid and Carolina's John Fox. Admire the Super Bowl won by the New York Giants' Tom Coughlin. Appreciate the work of second-year coaches Mike Tomlin of Pittsburgh and Ken Whisenhunt of Arizona and rookie coach John Harbaugh of Baltimore.

    But recognize the resiliency of Turner. He's doing precisely as requested, exactly what his predecessor, Marty Schottenheimer, could not do in San Diego. He's defying the doubters and winning big games.
     
  2. Johnny Lightning

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    This is the video from the above web site nomorenorv.com



     
  3. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    GO FOR IT NORV
     
  4. TheLash

    TheLash Well-Known Member

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    I like thinking of Norv as an "angry wounded badger".....with bad skin.:icon_wink:


    I would love to see Norv and the Bolts win it all and Norv give them all a big **** sandwhich to eat:lol::bolt:
     
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    Sydalish Addicted to Sports

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  6. BoltFanDC

    BoltFanDC Mufflers Are Overrated

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    mmm hmmm :tup:
     
  7. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    Somma the biggest eaters of that **** sandwich will be right here on this forum.
     
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  8. Buck Melanoma

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    I'm an admitted Norv basher & won't apologize. :no:

    However, if he wins the SB I'll take 2 **** sandwiches, a side order of crow, & a big glass of STFU. :bolt:
     

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