It may not be a big deal that Jerry Rice is hammering Norv Turner in the media.
It’s a much bigger deal that Chargers owner Dean Spanos is growing restless with his head coach. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that only a “drastic turnaround” will save Turner’s job.
Spanos has wondered about repeated game management decisions, according to Acee. Turner’s Chargers teams have grown slightly worse every year, and it looks like Spanos has run out of patience.
A full housecleaning sounds possible as well. There is reportedly “escalating concern” from Spanos about the direction of the franchise under Turner and G.M. A.J. Smith because of San Diego’s five-game losing streak.
Chargers fans may not like what happens next. The team’s director of college scouting John Spanos — Dean’s son — is expected to take over for Smith at some point.
That was expected to happen in 2014 after Smith’s contract ended, but the timeline could be moved up.
Turner’s time in San Diego is running short. It seems clear the Chargers need to rally for a playoff berth and possibly more for Turner to keep his job.