Jerry Rice is one of the greatest players of all time and he played under Norv Turner in Oakland.
So his opinion of Turner carries a little weight.
Rice says that Rex Ryan was right: The Chargers would have won a title or two with Ryan in San Diego.
“Norv Turner is one of those coaches that just can’t you over the hump,” Rice said on SportsCenter Monday. “I played under this guy, it’s just something about Norv Turner and say, a Bill Walsh. Bill Walsh would really give you that incentive to go out there and play football.”
Host Chris McKendry pointed out to Rice that most coaches would suffer in comparison to Bill Walsh. Rice didn’t want to hear it.
“I played under Norv Turner and I know what he brings to the table,” Rice said.
It’s worth pointing out now that Rice didn’t play for Turner for long. When Turner got the Raiders head coaching job, he buried Rice on the Raiders depth chart so that the team could develop Doug Gabriel, Alvis Whitted, and Ronald Curry. (Good times.)
Turner eventually traded Rice to the Seahawks, essentially for free.
Since that happened, Rice has repeatedly said that Turner is the “worst coach” that he ever played for at any level from Pop Warner to the pros. Rice has taken every chance he can to disparage Turner through the media.
So Rice’s opinion of Turner is worthy of note, but it’s not exactly unbiased.