Norv Turner and A.J. Smith Connected at the Hip

No one really understands how Norv Turner is still the head coach of the San Diego Chargers. He has seemingly been on the media’s hot seat ever since his 13-3 Chargers lost at home in the 2009 Divisional Round to the 9-7 New York Jets. Since that time his Chargers teams have been less than impressive, but he has been able to hold on to his job, while¬†under performing¬†with a very talented team.


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There two explanations for why Norv Turner is still the head coach of the Chargers. One being that Philip Rivers likes Norv Turner and San Diego does not want to upset their franchise quarterback, who by the way, is beginning to look less and less like a franchise QB.

The other more plausible reason for Turner’s tenure lasting so long is that A.J. Smith likes him and uses him as a sort of puppet head coach, with Smith really calling the shots. Smith has been the most vocal general managers in the NFL and being so vocal has not done him any favors, just made him look bad in some instances.

If the Chargers do not use their bye week productively and make a strong playoff push in the second half of this season, it is very likely that this will be the final year of Smith and Turner together. I would not be surprised if both men were let go if the season does not end well. A playoff win or two will be the only thing that saves these guys from unemployment.

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