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Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by !~BOLT~!, Feb 21, 2007.

  1. !~BOLT~!

    !~BOLT~! Well-Known Member

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    By Jerry Magee
    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
    February 21, 2007

    Norv Turner's arm wasn't much, but while that might be Dan Fouts' assessment, you won't hear it from him.

    “I'm not going to 'dis' my buddy,” Fouts said yesterday from his Oregon home.





    Through the final season of Fouts' three seasons as Oregon's ranking quarterback from 1970-72, Turner was a quarterback-in-waiting at the school – waiting for Fouts' eligibility to lapse so the football could be his.
    Finally, it was, but he had to wait until 1974 to establish himself, serving behind Herb Singleton in 1973 before assuming No. 1 status in 1974 on a team that went 2-9. In that season, the man who has become the Chargers' head coach threw just 202 passes, completing 99 for 1,261 yards and five touchdowns.

    Serving behind Fouts in 1972, Turner had completed 9-of-15 passes for 140 yards and three TDs. In 1973, spelling Singleton, he went 35-for-79 for 406 yards and three TDs.

    Modest figures. A less-than-striking college career. But Fouts, the Chargers' Hall of Fame quarterback (who would pass for 5,955 yards and 37 TDs in his time with the Ducks), said he believes the San Diego club has acted wisely in appointing Turner as Marty Schottenheimer's coaching successor.

    To Fouts, while Turner might not have had the physical prowess to hang up stunning figures as a college quarterback, he had keen insights concerning the game.

    “He's a friend, a good friend,” Fouts said, “and we've stayed in touch. He wasn't the most talented quarterback, but he gave it his all. Norv really got into it. He understood the game.”

    Fouts said he and Turner had many conversations. “When you're kids, you're just playing the game,” Fouts said. “We spent time talking about the game and how to beat USC and UCLA.”

    Oregon won two of three games against the Trojans and one of two against the Bruins when Fouts was doing the Ducks' passing. Turner, meantime, was learning. From Fouts. From John Robinson, Oregon's offensive coordinator at this time and later the head coach at USC and of the Los Angeles Rams. From Don Read, Fouts' quarterbacks/receivers coach who would be Oregon's head coach from 1974 through '76.

    “He is a hard-working, innovative guy, and he has got to be just licking his chops to get a team like the Chargers,” Fouts said. “His innovative qualities certainly will come to the top with this team.”

    Having exhausted his eligibility at Oregon, Turner stuck around another season as a graduate assistant under Read, who would go just 9-24 with the Ducks from 1974 through '76. Read, though, was a scholar of the forward pass. By 1985, he was the head coach at Montana, where for 10 years his teams won more than 70 percent of their games and his offenses became known as “Air Read.”

    That the Ducks were just 2-9 in the one season Turner was their No. 1 quarterback is not necessarily a reflection on Turner's quarterbacking. In Fouts' three seasons, the team went 6-4-1, 5-6 and 4-7.

    “We were basically a .500 team,” Fouts remembered, “mostly because with schools having unlimited scholarships, we didn't have much depth.” Other schools were awarding grants to athletes who, with a limit on scholarships, might have wound up in Eugene.
     
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    Thread_Killer Well-Known Member

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    I wonder what Norv's face must've looked like in college. :icon_eek:
     
  3. Boltdiehard

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    He probably scored major ***. :yes:
     
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  5. !~BOLT~!

    !~BOLT~! Well-Known Member

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    :icon_rofl: :icon_rofl: :icon_rofl: :lol: :lol:
     
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    a young Mr Roper?:icon_shrug:
     
  7. stone86

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    go ducks@!
     
  8. cranberry

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    The Fouts/Turner connection mekes me feel happy.
     

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