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Norv Turner: I know this group will respond

Norv Turner, Philip Rivers AP

The Chargers held a 21-17 lead at halftime in Tampa on Sunday, but they will fly home as 34-24 losers.

It’s the fourth loss in the last five weeks and the Chargers haven’t beaten anyone other than the Chiefs since the second week of the season. That increases the heat on coach Norv Turner, assuming there’s still a way to increase the heat on a guy who came into the season with a roaring fire under his seat, but the coach thinks that his team is poised to turn things around.

“This is as tough of a group of guys as I’ve ever been around.  We’ve got guys who have responded in every kind of adversity,” Turner said, via the team’s website. “We’ve had guys go play hurt and play when they shouldn’t have played.  I know this group is going to respond.”

That’s boilerplate coachspeak which doesn’t have much grounding in reality. The Chargers lost this game the same way they have been losing games all year. They gave up big plays through the air, turned the ball over on offense and made a brutal special teams error. Teams that respond don’t keep succumbing to the same failures over and over again, but that’s just what these Chargers have done.

With a road date in Denver next week, the Chargers are staring at the end of realistic playoff hopes if they lose. If they’re going to prove Turner right, that’s their chance to do it. Otherwise someone else will be doing the boilerplate postgame quotes in San Diego.

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24 Responses to “Norv Turner: I know this group will respond”
  1. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Nov 11, 2012 5:25 PM

    Hello Norv it’s Peyton. Can’t wait to entertain you and your boy’s next weekend. Have a safe flight to DIA!

  2. roastmeforbeingacardsfan says: Nov 11, 2012 5:27 PM

    Maybe spanos should put everyone on alert ala bud adams.

  3. jimthebuilder27 says: Nov 11, 2012 5:27 PM

    Does this idiot ever shut up?

    Same thing time after time with Norv Turner. The team has been getting worse, not better. He offers the same false hopes and delivers the same results. Chargers need to rid themselves of this loser.

  4. aljack88 says: Nov 11, 2012 5:27 PM

    What does it take to make an owner realize that his head coach can’t cut the mustard?

  5. pacificnw7722 says: Nov 11, 2012 5:28 PM

    “Norv Turner: I know this group will respond.”

    Yeah, when Chip Kelly takes over…..

  6. stevenfbrackett says: Nov 11, 2012 5:33 PM

    The question of the hour is, will Turner still have a job when the plane lands?

  7. jakec4 says: Nov 11, 2012 5:34 PM

    Give it a break Norv. You’ll be an OC somewhere in 2013.

  8. blackngold4life says: Nov 11, 2012 5:39 PM

    Great responce Norv buddy! Lol

  9. dasmol says: Nov 11, 2012 5:59 PM

    10 point swing on Rivers’ 1st INT. You’d think those mistakes were coachable.

  10. brenenostler says: Nov 11, 2012 6:12 PM

    “I know this group will respond.”

    Yeah, to a new head coach.

  11. snccoach says: Nov 11, 2012 6:18 PM

    Everyone keep talking about Norv Turner, but what about A.J. Smith? If there’s anyone who deserves most of the blame, it’s him.

  12. skins1970 says: Nov 11, 2012 6:51 PM

    As a Skins fan I feel bad for San Diego we had to put up with this for 7 years.The Chargers will do what John Kent Cooke refused to do in 1998 when he had the chance fire Norv Turner ASAP.

  13. blackngold4life says: Nov 11, 2012 7:10 PM

    Exactly! Who fires a 14-2 coach!? Lets go of 5-6 pro bowlers and dosent replace them? AJ smith that’s who! Lol I’m a Steeler fan and I can see what’s wrong with this team.

  14. joetoronto says: Nov 11, 2012 7:10 PM

    Raider Nation loves you, Norv. Keep doing what you do.

  15. boltsfan14 says: Nov 11, 2012 7:57 PM

    What’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. See San Diego Chargers and their horrible head coach. Laughing stock of the league.

  16. r8rh8r says: Nov 11, 2012 8:18 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Nov 11, 2012 7:10 PM

    Raider Nation loves you, Norv. Keep doing what you do.

    Raider Nation is an even bigger joke than Norv can do his best to be; thus, no one cares what you think as usual.

    That being said, Norv is awful, just plain awful, and deserves to go coach the Faiders again…

  17. truthfactory says: Nov 11, 2012 8:20 PM

    Hey Norv, ever wonder why your team always seem to be in the position where they need to “respond” after a sting of disappointing losses??

  18. truthfactory says: Nov 11, 2012 8:38 PM

    That awkward moment when the GM realizes he’s the last one to find out that Norv Turner is not a good head coach…

  19. mystereo says: Nov 11, 2012 8:44 PM

    Norvitis:
    Takes 14-2 roster with Super Bowl aspirations and reduces it to 4-5 with claims of his roster responding.

    Norv is just a born loser.

  20. mystereo says: Nov 11, 2012 8:47 PM

    Did anyone notice A.J. Smith’s prized first round pick Larry English make it onto the field without suffering a season-ending injury? That’s progress A.J.-style.

  21. lilb360 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:40 PM

    “Norv Turner: I know this group will respond.”

    Yeah, when Chip Kelly takes over…..

     God I hope not bruh. Would have a greatly negative impact on my two favorite teams. The Ducks, and Broncos. Plus I don’t see Chip being compatible with that turnover machine Phylis Quivers.

  22. friscokid49 says: Nov 12, 2012 12:21 AM

    Norv, your team quit on you THREE YEARS ago.

    the GM and Norv need to be fired so the healing can begin.

  23. broncosnative says: Nov 12, 2012 8:16 AM

    Three changes the chargers should make this off season, HC, GM and QB. Norv hasn’t done anything in his time in san Diego and Philip rivers is pass his prime if he had any. Fans are shaking their heads on the pick 6 he threw, a smart QB would’ve ran out of bounds. He’s no better than matt cassel and even if they change coach, rivers still wont be any better.

  24. jaialaicharger says: Nov 12, 2012 1:06 PM

    joetoronto says:Nov 11, 2012 7:10 PM

    Raider Nation loves you, Norv. Keep doing what you do.
    ——–

    Dude, your team got destroyed and always does. Keep doing what you do.

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