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Norv Turner: Reports of my demise won’t affect our preparations

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Thursday’s report that the Chargers will fire head coach Norv Turner at the end of the season hasn’t affected his team’s preparation for Sunday’s game against the Steelers, Turner says.

Turner said that he was back at the office early this morning, about 12 hours after the report surfaced that his goose was cooked. And Turner said he was pleased to see that plenty of his players and coaches are putting in just as much time as he is.

“The one thing I always feel good about, I got here at 5:30 in the morning and there were guys in the weight room, there were guys in the training room, there were guys already in meeting rooms watching tape,” Turner told reporters today. “Our meeting started yesterday at 7, everyone was here. At 8, we had a team meeting, started our normal Thursday work, and our guys were here until 4:30 or 5 in the afternoon. Any of the reports haven’t affected them, and that’s what I care about. They’re getting ready to go and play their best and give themselves a chance to win in Pittsburgh.”

Turner also credited his assistants for working hard until the end.

“It’s an outstanding staff, and I think they’ve done an outstanding job for this football team,” Turner said.

That may be true. But next year, those coaches will be doing an outstanding job for some other football team. Turner may be continuing to prepare, and Chargers owner Dean Spanos may deny that he has already decided to fire Turner and General Manager A.J. Smith, but no one seriously believes there’s a chance that Turner will be back in San Diego beyond the final four games of the season.

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45 Responses to “Norv Turner: Reports of my demise won’t affect our preparations”
  1. flavordave says: Dec 7, 2012 8:11 PM

    Is it me or does his picture resemble the morphing of man into a salamander? BTW Andy Reid is already the coach. They set all that stuff up ahead of time.

  2. rekingcrew says: Dec 7, 2012 8:12 PM

    Thanks for everything Norv. Wish it could have worked out.
    Go Chargers.

  3. edge661 says: Dec 7, 2012 8:21 PM

    I said it before and ill say it again bunch of band wagon fans in San Diego! That’s why big name dean is taking the team north to la!

  4. gbpbacker84 says: Dec 7, 2012 8:28 PM

    Yup, they’ll underachieve either way.

  5. radrntn says: Dec 7, 2012 8:44 PM

    no better way to send him off is with the chargers beating the raiders on the last game, and the raiders retaining the #1 overall pick

  6. calbsure says: Dec 7, 2012 8:56 PM

    Helluva a Offensive coordinator, just can’t seem to get over the hump as a head coach. Would love to seem him come over to the Vikings as the OC to see if he could provide a miracle and make that Ponder train wreck serviceable or open up Frazier eyes to another option.

  7. dsonashville28 says: Dec 7, 2012 8:59 PM

    He may not be a good head coach, but he’s a very good offensive coordinator. I also think he’s a good man. Best of luck to you Norv.

  8. web619 says: Dec 7, 2012 9:04 PM

    Ya edge its not like LA isnt known for their bandwagon ways. They’re not movin and for the love of god no to Andy Reid hes Norv just fat

  9. amaf21 says: Dec 7, 2012 9:05 PM

    Work smarter not harder Norville.

  10. thefiesty1 says: Dec 7, 2012 9:18 PM

    Decent coordinator, no so much HC.

  11. isphet71 says: Dec 7, 2012 9:20 PM

    When I read “Norv Turner: Reports of my demise won’t affect our preparations”

    I was expecting to read an article about an internet hoax that Norv Turner was actually dead and how the death hoax wouldn’t affect his ability to coach.

  12. kattykathy says: Dec 7, 2012 9:24 PM

    flavordave says: Dec 7, 2012 8:11 PM

    Is it me or does his picture resemble the morphing of man into a salamander? BTW Andy Reid is already the coach. They set all that stuff up ahead of time.

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    seriously? The almighty censors ban everything that resembles thought and intelligence , yet they allow this crap stupid crap to be posted?
    What a lame ass

  13. herkulease says: Dec 7, 2012 9:26 PM

    err, no one thought Turner and Smith would survive after last season.

    Never underestimate the inept Chargers organization.

  14. opietaylor says: Dec 7, 2012 9:27 PM

    Yeah and the raiders blowing that #1 overall pick on a kicker, punter, or a lazy, fat QB

  15. bigpap says: Dec 7, 2012 9:35 PM

    I kinda wish Norv would remain the head coach of the San Diego Chargers of Los Angeles for years to come.

    Gots to love it when a coach can turn a power house into an also ran in the matter of a few seasons. Somewheres Marty is laughing.

  16. trollaikman8 says: Dec 7, 2012 9:39 PM

    Ole’ leather face.

    Some coordinators just don’t get it. You need to be in a booth, Norvell.

  17. norvturnersneck says: Dec 7, 2012 9:42 PM

    And the Raiders drafting another bust first like Matt Barkley or some other tool that isn’t rated high on anyone else’s draft board. Raider Nationless!

  18. calizcowboyz says: Dec 7, 2012 9:43 PM

    WELCOME HOME to Dallas!
    Just like Wade Phillips of the Texans, NORV is a GREAT Coordinator, NOT HC!

  19. jimthebuilder27 says: Dec 7, 2012 9:50 PM

    He never should have been hired. Daniel Snyder and an old Al Davis had the sense to rid themselves of this loser!

  20. brewcrewfan54 says: Dec 7, 2012 10:04 PM

    What he should have said is, “The joke’s on you guys. I’ve still managed to be a NFL head coach for 15 seasons and made a ton of money doing it.”

  21. fumblenuts says: Dec 7, 2012 10:19 PM

    “Norv Turner: Reports of my demise won’t affect our preparations”

    Translation: You’ve been NORVED!!

  22. raiderapologist says: Dec 7, 2012 10:25 PM

    radrntn says: Dec 7, 2012 8:44 PM

    no better way to send him off is with the chargers beating the raiders on the last game, and the raiders retaining the #1 overall pick
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    The Raiders don’t control their own destiny. The Chiefs and Jags will need to step up and win a couple of games. Even if Oakland does get #1, there are no franchise QBs that will entice another club to trade up for the pick and give the Raiders a draft boon, which is what they need above all else.

  23. tfbuckfutter says: Dec 7, 2012 10:25 PM

    It’s really sad that they put so much effort into being terrible.

    Maybe if the players got more rest they would be better.

  24. enrifer says: Dec 7, 2012 10:27 PM

    He will be Dallas offensive coordinator next year

  25. sportsmeccabi says: Dec 7, 2012 10:35 PM

    I didn’t think the preparation could get any worse Norv.

  26. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 7, 2012 10:37 PM

    “It’s an outstanding staff, and I think they’ve done an outstanding job for this football team,” Turner said.”

    Turner is a much nicer guy than Rex Ryan but he seems almost as delusional.

    Sorry, 4-8 is not an “outstanding job” by any of you, coaches, players or anyone else. No doubt when you’re 4-12 and out of work you’ll still be saying what a wonderful job everyone did this year.

  27. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 7, 2012 10:40 PM

    And how many of the 53 guys on the roster were there at 5:30? That’s key to know. Big difference if it is 2 or 53. Since he didn’t give full details it sounds to me like it must be an embarrassingly low amount. And who cares what time they get in, how long did they work? Just because they are on a different time schedule than maybe people with other jobs doesn’t mean they are coming in early for an impressive level of eagerness to work.

    It’s all weak posturing with no clear substance, thus it sounds like San Diego has an effort and commitment problem. At least I have not basis to assume otherwise. And the bottom line is your team is 4-8 regardless of the answers to my curiosities, and that’s all that matters, maybe you didn’t prepare in the past properly so hopefully the Chargers ownership considers why that was when finding a new coach and GM. They need somebody who knows how to get the job done.

  28. cmdrsmooth says: Dec 7, 2012 10:46 PM

    Rex can use Norv as his offensive coordinator.

  29. jiggy3198 says: Dec 7, 2012 11:10 PM

    Nothing’s going to change….he’s never been prepared. Never has a team with so much talent did so little…….EVER

  30. bofh69 says: Dec 8, 2012 12:22 AM

    @jiggy3198 Never has a team with so much talent did so little…….EVER

    You obviously have not paid attention to the Dallas Cowboys for the last couple of years.

  31. steelchampions says: Dec 8, 2012 12:26 AM

    Norv Turner was never the right Head Coach for this team. He was the right Offensive Coordinator; no question. The right coach got bounced by the wrong GM who got lucky because the owner made the wrong decision to let the right guy go.

  32. fuddpucker says: Dec 8, 2012 1:05 AM

    Dude made it to the AFC Championship game. A lot of coaches can’t say that.

  33. araidersfan says: Dec 8, 2012 5:17 AM

    “Norv” is of course the most incompetent HC since Rich Kotite. But he’s a master politician, so now he’s smoothly playing the martyr-card.

    I’m sure that some team out there will be foolish enough to hire “Norv” as HC or OC in 2013.

  34. pastabelly says: Dec 8, 2012 8:47 AM

    The only thing that surprises me is that this didn’t happen sooner. It would take a guy like Gruden (not a burned out guy like Reid) to get Rivers career back on track and get this team turned around.

  35. steel420 says: Dec 8, 2012 8:48 AM

    I wish all this talk and speculation about Norv Turner and A.J. Smith waited until AFTER the Steelers game. Last thing we need is extra motivation for a team we’re, once again, expected to beat.

  36. bigd9484 says: Dec 8, 2012 9:39 AM

    In other news under the topic ‘decisions that should have been made 5 years ago’.

  37. gdeli says: Dec 8, 2012 10:29 AM

    this guy has got to go! retain as OC?

  38. rayguyreturns says: Dec 8, 2012 11:02 AM

    We’re losing our last secret weapon?

  39. NoobTubeTV says: Dec 8, 2012 11:34 AM

    If the people of San Diego cared about football this would be a big deal.

  40. j0esixpack says: Dec 8, 2012 11:36 AM

    Here’s what I predict the Chargers will do:

    They will keep Turner through the end of the season. Then they will flirt with firing him. Then they will announce that he will keep his job.

    Then, in February, after all the best head coach candidates have secured new jobs, they will fire Turner and have few options, and have to settle for second tier candidates

    Finally, they will hire Marty Schottenheimer as Head Coach.

  41. pemory says: Dec 8, 2012 12:01 PM

    “Reports of my demise won’t affect our preparations.” Translation: “Come Sunday we’ll be our usual bumbling, under-prepared selves.”

  42. rg3some says: Dec 8, 2012 12:43 PM

    Superior coordinator, lousy head coach.

  43. joewilliesshnoz says: Dec 8, 2012 1:11 PM

    If recent history is any indication, the steelers will make Norv look like a genius this week.

  44. jwreck says: Dec 8, 2012 2:27 PM

    brewcrewfan54 says: Dec 7, 2012 10:04 PM

    What he should have said is, “The joke’s on you guys. I’ve still managed to be a NFL head coach for 15 seasons and made a ton of money doing it.”
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    Best thing I’ve ever read on this site.

    Also, confused about the wording of the original article: “Thursday’s report that the Chargers will fire head coach Norv Turner at the end of the season hasn’t affected his team’s preparation for Sunday’s game against the Steelers, Turner says.”

    There have been reports that Norv will be fired at the end of every season since about 1996, so the question is whether he’s lying, and the reports really do affect his preparation, or whether the slop he puts out on the field every Sunday really is his true, non-compromised product?

  45. jwreck says: Dec 8, 2012 2:31 PM

    fuddpucker says: Dec 8, 2012 1:05 AM

    Dude made it to the AFC Championship game. A lot of coaches can’t say that.
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    True, but how many coaches can say they’ve never made it past the AFC Championship game after four years with with an All-Star quarterback in Rivers, one of the greatest halfbacks of all time in Tomlinson and a Hall of Fame tight end in Gates, all in their prime.

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