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Chargers fire special-teams coordinator

Norv Turner will be back next year to coach the Chargers.  And he’ll need to hire a new special-teams coordinator.

The team announced that Steve Crosby’s contract will not be renewed.  He spent nine seasons with the team.

“We appreciate Steve’s hard work and dedication to this team over the past nine seasons,” Turner said in a statement released by the team.

The move comes as no surprise.  Early in the year, the Chargers’ special teams were a mess, with multiple errors and blocked punts.

Still, even with a new special-teams coordinator, Turner had better have a good plan for getting off to a faster start than the team has in his first four seasons on the job.  Otherwise, someone from the Chargers could be saying next year at this time, “We appreciate Norv’s hard work and dedication to this team over the past five seasons.”

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15 Responses to “Chargers fire special-teams coordinator”
  1. luckynumberlucas says: Jan 3, 2011 6:51 PM

    They didn’t fire their coach, they just did not renew the contract, which isn’t “firing”.

    Lawyer, huh?

    That explains why you aren’t in Manhattan and making 200k per year…

  2. jamie54 says: Jan 3, 2011 7:02 PM

    Even a one-eyed goat could have done a better job. Worst special teams in history lead to about 3 losses. Pathetic.

  3. sdchargers25 says: Jan 3, 2011 7:04 PM

    ITS ABOUT TIME! Hopefully Norval and AJ are next!!

  4. sdboltaction says: Jan 3, 2011 7:16 PM

    There we go, folks! Problem fixed. San Diego is definitely making the changes needed for a championship! Hello Super Bowl!!!!!

  5. kam187 says: Jan 3, 2011 7:20 PM

    If this isn’t a prelude to that useless conservative play calling idiot Norv getting fired then this story is meaningless. Turner plays not to lose so now maybe they can play not to lose giving up a few less touchdowns on special teams.

  6. snnyjcbs says: Jan 3, 2011 7:21 PM

    Spanos stated that he will not go after another coach because Norv gets along with the GM. ‘Shut up Norv. yes sir, eat &^%$ Norv, yes sir” of course he does. Now Marty had the GM sitting in the corner and that is why he is gone, win the big one what a JOKE.

  7. jlb10 says: Jan 3, 2011 7:23 PM

    HUGE surprise there

  8. joetoronto says: Jan 3, 2011 7:47 PM

    I hope the keep Norval around for a long, long time.

  9. wetpaperbag2 says: Jan 3, 2011 7:49 PM

    After 9 years, they let him go NOW? Last I remember, the Chargers did well in the special teams game for the past 8 years. Maybe a little onus should be placed on the players.

  10. ontboltfan says: Jan 3, 2011 8:13 PM

    Throwing Crosby under the bus when ST were fine for 8 of his 9 years.

    Real problem was AJ trying to replace ST vets lost (Binn, Dobbins, Osgood) & injured (Siler, Merriman) from last year with inexperienced undrafted rookie scrubs.

  11. southpaw2k says: Jan 3, 2011 8:44 PM

    I always have to laugh at any football commentator on ESPN, NBC, Fox, or any other network when they talk of the Chargers reaching the Super Bowl. Do they not keep in mind that NORV TURNER is the team’s head coach when making these predictions? Any team coached by Turner is destined to lose, whether in the regular season (as the Chargers did this season) or collapse in the playoffs (as the Chargers had the last few years). I think Brian Billick would be a pretty good fit for San Diego’s system and could put them over the top.

  12. prior0knowledge says: Jan 3, 2011 9:09 PM

    he might get off to a better start if he acted like there was some urgency… but he is sooooo caaaalm… no problem… walk out there… don’t bother to run… ho-de-do, ho-hum

  13. help me says: Jan 3, 2011 9:11 PM

    @ luckynumberlucas:

    Not having your contract renewed is pretty much the same thing as getting fired.

    Marvin Lewis’ contract was not renewed. Yep, he was pretty much fired, too.

  14. warchief01 says: Jan 3, 2011 11:47 PM

    The chargers shouldn’t have fired him. It wasn’t his fault. Denver and Kansas city took two good old fashion Raider ass whoopings to.

  15. cambodianbreastmilk says: Jan 5, 2011 3:04 PM

    Shocker.

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