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SD Entertainer - Why Chargers Signed Norv Turner To Three-Year Extension

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by wrbanwal, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    Makes sense, kind of.

    http://www.sdentertainer.com/lifestyle/sports/san-diego-chargers-signed-norv-turner-threeyear-extension/?utm_source=bleacherreport.com

    The San Diego Chargers’ CEO Dean Spanos and General Manager A.J. Smith have made the biggest desperation move in Super Charger history. The three-year extension signed by Norv Turner only makes sense in one big way, and that’s money.

    For an organization to re-sign a head coach who has consistently been outcoached in the playoffs to a three-year extension so quickly is absolutely dumbfounding. My mind hurt when I found out Norv Turner was signed to a three-year extension within a day of losing to the less-talented Jets.

    I was still trying to get over the heartbreaking Charger loss, and now this.

    After considering the Chargers‘ biggest obstacle to future success—the resigning of free agents Shawne Merriman, Darren Sproles, Vincent Jackson, Marcus McNeill, Jeromey Clary, Malcom Floyd, Mike Tolbert, and the decision to keep LaDainian Tomlinson, money seems to be the most logical reasoning behind the move.

    San Diego is faced with a huge obstacle this offseason – forking over money to keep the Chargers’ best players – and have made it easier on themselves by re-signing Norv Turner.

    The Chargers past offseasons haven’t reflected the monetary aggressiveness needed for what’s necessary in the offseason. And keeping a head coach that everyone gets along with can make the decision easier for players to stay.

    I was the first one to text my friends about the elementary play-calling against the Jets and how running two-back sets played into the hands of the New York blitz, but Turner’s offensive scheme fits so well.

    Turner hasn’t had the best winning track record, but his recent success coaching Rivers and one of the most potent offenses in the league was another reason to re-sign him. Turner is the best option and has proven success with the Chargers’ explosive offense.

    I know most fans want a coach who brings more intensity to the locker room, like Bill Cowher, but he doesn’t fit our offensive scheme. And San Diego will need to spend more money for an offensive coordinator.

    Along with the ability to head coach, Turner takes the role of quarterback coach and offensive coach, which means you’re getting a three-for-one savings—a similar reason for the signing of Chan Gailey to the Buffalo Bills.

    In the long run, the Chargers could also save money with one year left on Turner’s contract before the re-signing. That is banking on the Chargers winning it all within the next year. If the Chargers were to win it all next year, then they would have to re-sign Turner to a bigger contract. It is always cheaper to sign a head coach after a disappointing season than after winning the Super Bowl.

    Everyone is disappointed in Turner for not having his team ready for a big game and being outcoached by a much less experienced coach, but the NFL has a track record of failure. Look at two of the top three Super Bowl-winning organizations: The Cowboys won their first playoff game in over a decade, and the 49ers haven’t won a playoff game in over a decade.

    Heck, Eagle head coach Andy Reid has lost four of five NFC Championship games, and that’s just as good as losing in the divisional round, because it’s all or nothing.

    Only one coach wins it every year; that’s a three percent chance, and before the loss to the Jets, everyone was pro-Turner.

    While all of this at the time seems to lead down the wrong path, maybe Spanos and Smith are on to something. NFL organizations and their fans are quick to get rid of a head coach who can’t win the big one, but the confidence in Turner might be enough to get him and the Chargers over the hump in years to come.

    While I don’t agree with the rash decision of extending Turner’s contract so quickly, Charger fans will forgive and forget if the Chargers can win their first Lombardi Trophy within the next few years.


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  2. Chavez

    Chavez Well-Known Member

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    I disagree with the assertion that Norv has been consistently outcoached in the playoffs. He didn't have his best game against the Jets but I think he's done pretty, especially considering the injuries we've had in prior years.
     
  3. HollywoodLeo

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    This.

    I blame 2007 mainly on injuries

    I blame 2008 mainly on a freak turn of events in the third quarter

    this year was ugly across the board.

    IMO, the only stains on Norv's last three years, save the blanket "he hasn't won it all yet" stain, are starting 4-8 last year and this year's loss to the Jets.
     
  4. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    Agree, I've got no problem with Norv or his style, I would however, like it if the team didn't take on his personality during games. Maybe we can hire a new offensive coordinator? Someone with some fire like Rivera

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  5. BlazingBolt

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    That is bleacher report internet vomit.....


    glad you made Bowe Fertig feel like his opinion is relevant.....
     
  6. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    like yours is ???
     
  7. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Agreed, and Norv has done quite a few things in that period to earn some credit. He brought the team around in 2007, coached us to our first two playoff wins in over a decade. 2008 while there was a freak turn of events he did guide the team down the stretch. Minus the playoffs Norv deserves a great deal of credit for taking an injured beaten uncertain team and down the stretch leading a powerhouse.

    Doesn't ignore what happened in the playoffs but doesn't mean we should overlook the good he's done as well
     
  8. SDKCFAN

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    Here comes another three years of frustration and no Super Bowls.
     
  9. Sydalish

    Sydalish Addicted to Sports

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    he's not writing articles and passing off his craptastic lack of football knowledge as sports journalism - he's posting opinions on an internet forum where opinions belong - there's a difference ;)
     
  10. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    Still doesn't make his opinion is relevant


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  11. Sydalish

    Sydalish Addicted to Sports

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    his opinions are just as relevant as any around here - including yours :icon_twisted:

    ;) :icon_party:
     
  12. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    :lol:

    Then we agree!!!

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  13. LV Bolt Fan

    LV Bolt Fan Well-Known Member

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    After 50, what's 3 more? :icon_tease:

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  14. HollywoodLeo

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    Can I borrow your crystal ball? I need to get the Power Ball numbers for Wednesday.
     
  15. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Get a power running back and this team will be about as unstoppable on offense that one can be.

    Turn Rivera loose on defense and get a few more play maker's (No more Crow) and just maybe, the Bolt's can be the first team for three in a row.
     

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