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Turner’s “week-to-week” remark makes sense, given G.M.’s status

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So why would a coach with a 3-4 record and a history of finishing strong believe he’s coaching on a week-to-week basis?

Because if he doesn’t get to the postseason, the pink slips will go one level higher.

Ordinarily, Norv Turner wouldn’t be in danger of being fired until the Chargers were mathematically or as a practical matter eliminated from playoff contention.  With a bunch of teams clustered around 4-3 and 3-4, it’ll still be a while until the Chargers are out of it.

But if the Chargers are out of it, Turner and G.M. A.J. Smith likely will be out of jobs.  So just as Eagles coach Andy Reid may change quarterbacks in order to save his job, Smith could change coaches in an effort to salvage his.

Possible midseason, in-house replacements include assistant head coach/special-teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia and defensive coordinator John Pagano.  Bisaccia (pictured) has some league-wide supporters for a crack at being a head coach.  The fact that special-teams coaches deal with players from both sides of the ball is a bonus.  Pagano, in his first year as coordinator, has been with the Chargers for a decade.

Regardless of who’d get the job, don’t be surprised if Smith decides to throw a Hail Mary pass by sending Norv packing, if Smith concludes that someone other than Norv is best suited to save the team’s season, and in turn Smith’s job.

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20 Responses to “Turner’s “week-to-week” remark makes sense, given G.M.’s status”
  1. grogansheroes says: Oct 30, 2012 2:48 PM

    Let’s not do the right thing. Let me do what will save my job. And this is why the Chargers, who five years ago had the best roster in the NFL, never won the Big One.

  2. bearflagfan says: Oct 30, 2012 2:49 PM

    This is the dumbest entry I’ve ever seen. Smith and Turner are joined at the hip. If Smith wanted to save his job, he’d have tossed Turner at the end of 2010 or certainly 2011 when everyone in San Diego except Philip Rivers and Dean Spanos wanted Norv fired. I would put money on Smith being fired before Turner.

    They will either both stay or go at the end of the season, when there are more GMs and coaches available (Andy Reid’s next stop might be SD).

  3. rayguyreturns says: Oct 30, 2012 2:54 PM

    Please keep Norv….PLEASE,

    A Raiders fan

  4. tsizzlehotpiss says: Oct 30, 2012 3:03 PM

    Things will remain the same in SD unless A.J. Smith is gone. easily one of the three worst GMs in the league.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 30, 2012 3:05 PM

    With couple of guys named Bisaccia and Pagano waiting in the wings, getting fired might be the least worst case scenario for Turner and Smith.

  6. 3yardsndust says: Oct 30, 2012 3:11 PM

    A.J. Smith is incompetent. It’s as simple as that.

  7. scrp2 says: Oct 30, 2012 3:27 PM

    If Norv loses against Kansas City I still think he should get another chance.

  8. araidersfan says: Oct 30, 2012 3:35 PM

    In order to serve as a HC under A.J. Smith you have to an able boot-licker. Schottenheimer was an excellent HC but wouldn’t go along with this requirement so Smith convinced the Chargers’ owner to fire him. On the other hand, “Norv” has this skill down to perfection and Smith would find it very difficult to replicate in someone who had ANY real HCing ability.

    That’s why an egomaniac like Smith NEEDS Turner despite the latter’s proven incompetence as a HC.

  9. gogetembolts says: Oct 30, 2012 3:38 PM

    As a Chargers fan, I would prefer the Norv and AJ to both beat the helm of the Charger express as it continues to fall off the tracks. That way, they’re both gone at the end of the season. If AJ brings someone on and they play well enough for Spanos not to fire AJ at the end of the season, I may hang up my powder blues until he’s gone.

  10. sdboltaction says: Oct 30, 2012 4:42 PM

    gogetembolts says:
    Oct 30, 2012 3:38 PM

    As a Chargers fan, I would prefer the Norv and AJ to both beat the helm of the Charger express as it continues to fall off the tracks. That way, they’re both gone at the end of the season. If AJ brings someone on and they play well enough for Spanos not to fire AJ at the end of the season, I may hang up my powder blues until he’s gone.

    ————————————————–

    I feel the exact same way. They both have to go.

  11. commonsensedude says: Oct 30, 2012 4:42 PM

    I wonder if the Lord of No Rings would have the nerve to call up Marty and beg him to come back.

  12. wayne1693 says: Oct 30, 2012 4:47 PM

    I think the fabulous picture that you’ve included tips the scales of the never-ending argument in favor of Evolution over Creationism.

  13. openseason51 says: Oct 30, 2012 4:52 PM

    Norv is a great offensive mind. AJ is his good friend but his menace. AJ traded off Michael Turner and host of others. AJ is arrogant and the owners act like ostriches with their head stuck in the sand. Move to LA. The air is dirty, the roads are always crowded and the fans are fickle. Too many other things compete with attendance. But please move. When you do, just remember when Raiders come to play the Chargers (or what ever new name like maybe Pink Pigs) in LA, it will be a home game for the Raiders. Norv is the one that is getting screwed and AJ and the Owners are the pigs doing it.

  14. eslaught says: Oct 30, 2012 4:53 PM

    As a Chargers fan lately I have been praying every night that Norv and AJ get fired. Every morning I wake up disappointed. It would be nice to wake up and feel good one morning, because the Monday morning after losing to the BROWNS was a sad day.

  15. joetoronto says: Oct 30, 2012 5:00 PM

    I guess we won’t be seeing Humbolt until the Chargers win another game, which could be a long, long time.

    Choo choo!

  16. mullman76 says: Oct 30, 2012 5:02 PM

    Loving this…

    Go RAIDERS

  17. bearflagfan says: Oct 30, 2012 8:02 PM

    “I wonder if the Lord of No Rings would have the nerve to call up Marty and beg him to come back.”

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    No. He’d rather re-sign Vincent Jackson and Darren Sproules.

    I would note Marty isn’t exactly in high demand. He went from 14-2 with the Chargers to the Virginia Destroyers, where they stiffed him.

  18. phooteballs says: Oct 30, 2012 8:19 PM

    I think AJ Smith should be allowed back next year and see if he can get Dave Wannstedt to coach the team. That will turn them around for sure.

  19. lobzila says: Oct 31, 2012 1:06 AM

    As a Charger’s fan it is an embarassment to watch the last three games. Norv Turnover and AJ need to go. Clean house with the entire coaching staff as well. The mediorce mentality has got to go. Six years ago, the Chargers were the scariest team in the league. Went 14-2 only to suffer the Mission Valley Meltdown and made every mistake in a game possible to make and still only lost by three points.
    Bring in a new general manager and clone a Harbaugh or someone else with some vision. No Head Coaches that I have heard of have gone from one team that won a superbowl to a basket case team (like my beloved Chargers) and made them contenders.
    Its time to bring in some new blood!

  20. glen1904 says: Oct 31, 2012 1:17 AM

    what good will it be to bring in a new coach with the same GM drafting Larry English over Clay Mathews or last year draft 5th round talent Jonas Mouton in the 2nd round and watch KC in your division take Justin Houston 2 picks later. Or a GM who uses a 2nd, 3rd and 5th round picks on an undersized FB in Jacob Hester and to compound the mistake gave up the 2nd and 5th round picks to the team that just knocked you out of the playoffs the last two years??? AJ Smith is the most OVERRATED GM in the entire NFL! Not to mention gave Meachem 27 million because he didn’t resign Jackson three years ago to a 5 year deal when it would have been affordable? the list of mistakes could go on and on.

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