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Norv Turner became the fastest coach in NFL history to lose 100 games.

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    By Kevin Acee
    Friday, October 1, 2010 at 1:12 p.m.

    With perhaps the most disappointing regular-season loss in his time as Chargers coach Sunday in Seattle , Norv Turner became the fastest coach in NFL history to lose 100 games.
    He is one of 21 coaches in NFL history with at least 100 losses. The Washington Redskins' Mike Shanahan joined the club Sunday as well.
    Shanahan is 147-100. Turner is 91-100-1.
    Those hoping this dubious marker will hasten Turner's demise, sit down and relax. You'll be waiting a while.
    Turner is 33-18 with the Chargers, making him the winningest coach in the team's history. That, and the fact he signed a three-year extension (through 2013) the day after the Chargers' most recent playoff loss, are perhaps the biggest reasons he is not on the hot seat.
    I really don't need to say more. But I will.
    Turner will be here long enough to turn what was once an unthinkably awful record into a winning one.
    Turner came to San Diego in 2007 having gone 58-82-1 as head coach of the Washington Redskins (1994-2000) and Oakland Raiders (2004-05).
    Coaches with that type of record don't generally get third chances. (Among those in the 100-loss club, only Sam Wyche, Norm Van Brocklin and Turner have fewer than 100 wins. The other two coached two different teams, and neither coached in this decade.)
    In fact, perhaps only his having worked for three particular men explains why Turner is a lightning rod head coach instead of a practically anonymous offensive coordinator.
    Those three men are Dan Snyder, Al Davis and A.J. Smith.
    The first two are the owners of the Redskins and Raiders and are generally accepted as having not been good people to coach under. You get a little break for having coached those teams at those times.
    And Smith, the Chargers General Manager, is probably the only person secure enough (I don't think he'd with argue crazy enough or arrogant enough) to hire Turner after firing a head coach who had gone 14-2 the previous season.
    And neither Chargers President Dean Spanos nor Smith are going to fire a coach who has taken them to the playoffs three straight seasons and who they gave a contract extension in January.
    Smith speaks admiringly of Turner on a regular basis, and they share many of the same thoughts on football and personnel. Spanos defers to Smith on most football matters.
    Both men think Turner did a remarkable job guiding the Chargers to a 13-3 record last season through myriad injuries and have confidence he will again get the Chargers righted.
    The inevitable and annual submissions to my Mailbag have begun -- ranging from asking if it is possible Turner will be fired to demanding that he is terminated and suffer physical pain. Those missives will increase exponentially if things don't turn around. They'll decrease if the Chargers start winning, but then pick back up after another playoff loss.
    That's why I'm saying it now: Turner is not going to be fired this year.
    Not that it will stop the talk.
  2. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

    Aug 14, 2006

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