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Norv knows emotion

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Last-minute comeback victory brings out the joy in Chargers head coach

    Wednesday, November 11, 2009

    SAN DIEGO – All it really took were about two New York minutes. Just 125 seconds of Eastern Standard Time, that's all, to expose the side of Norv Turner those outside his personal orbit rarely catch without Galileo's contraption. You know, the side Norv's Legion of Loathers claim doesn't exist.
    But it does. He sometimes may be as emotional and spontaneous as an out-of-order lamp post, but he is of flesh and blood. The Chargers coach wasn't born without nerve endings. Some of us are better than others at hiding things, but there are times when exposure can't be helped.
    This was the jubilant Norv. The fist-pumping Norv. The ecstatic Norv, making an unrehearsed national photo op, hugging LaDainian Tomlinson as if they were two long separated buds who hadn't seen each other since childhood.
    Several minutes following Sunday's eleventh-hour assault – brilliantly carried out by quarterback Philip Rivers as per commander Turner's instructions that led to a 21-20 victory over the New York Giants on their giant platform – the coach was more subdued. But not that subdued. You could tell. Some of his capillaries were ready to burst.
    “That kind of win brings things out, your anxiousness and excitement,” Turner, taking a brief time out from his preparations for Sunday's affair here with Philadelphia, was saying Tuesday afternoon. “Just watching the guys get so excited, with two minutes left after we'd held them to a field goal, having a chance to win – there was genuine excitement on the sideline.
    “To win a game like that, to know the importance of it, is an emotional deal.”
    With that win, Turner has completed the season's first half at 5-3, his best start in his three years on the bridge. And he's a second-half kind of guy.
    We can't now know if his late-season success will continue. But we know Denver got itself clobbered by Pittsburgh Monday night. We know the Chargers now are one game behind the Broncos in the AFC West. We know the stage is set.
    We know Turner can't win for trying. But there are facts.
    We know he's won as many playoff games (three) as any coach in club history.
    We know his .600 winning percentage (24-16) is second-highest in club history and will be No. 1 if the Chargers can defeat the Eagles.
    We know he's 12-2 in his Decembers and Januarys here, best in club history.
    We know that, if he goes to the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, he will tie Don Coryell, who managed it from 1979-82.
    Or do we? Or do we want to?
    We definitely know it probably won't be good enough, because he's Norv, and some folks, plain and simple, don't like Norv and never will like Norv, no matter if Norv is responsible for peace in our time.
    We also should know by now that Norv has a hide. He's been through so much.
    His mother, Vicky, who raised her five children in Martinez, contracted multiple sclerosis and spent her latter years in a wheelchair. His sister, Janis, also has the disease. Your stones aren't breaking his window.
    So, while he may not enjoy what's said about him – yes, I've received FIRE NORV! e-mails this week – he can take whatever's thrown his way. Say whatever you want, his kids go out and play for him, and while they may not always like what's on their plate – which makes Chargerville like every other NFL port – they learn to swallow it and do what they're told.
    Does he get used to the detractors?
    “No,” he said, once again showing his human side. “I don't think anybody can say that. But you have to have the ability to tune things out, to separate yourself from it, or you can't function.
    We have some very good coaches here who have worked hard to make good decisions, trying to get the guys to do what they do best. We have a good handle on what we do best.”
    And right now, while not great, they are just good enough. His team was devastated by injuries following the season opener at Oakland, but it's fought through them.
    “We went to Pittsburgh a beat-up football team and we weren't capable,” Turner said of the only game his guys have been out of. “We're a different team than I expected us to be.”
    Shawne Merriman's return to at least near-Shawne Merriman form has improved the defense, as we expected it would. Turner's offense still can't run the ball, but that's been negated by Rivers' excellence and the ascension of Vincent Jackson to one of The League's top receivers.
    Norv Turner is making do.
    “I have no control over that (being liked),” he said. “You can give a strong performance and lose a close game. You can play poorly and everything's fine. You can't get caught up in the bumps along the way.”
    Riding over all those bumps for most of his 57 years, Norv Turner has managed to keep his eyes on the road. He may not be a great head coach. But neither phony nor mouse is he.
  2. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    If all you care about is Norv getting excited you obviously do not care about a Super Bowl.

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

    Oct 13, 2006

    In all seriousness... was that win anything more than sentimental value? I mean yes... a win is a win but anything less than a Super Bowl victory is nothing this season!!
  4. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    5-3 is better than 4-4, so yes it was more than sentimental value.

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