By Eric Schmidt

It has been another disappointing season for the San Diego Chargers, but the club holds on to slim hopes to reach post season play down the stretch. Despite all the rumors of San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner being on the hot seat, Chargers starting QB Philip Rivers thinks that Norv Turner should remain the head coach of the team regardless of how this season plays out.

San Diego struggled through a six-game losing streak this season as they struggled with injuries and turnovers. Philip Rivers has thrown a career high 17 interceptions and seven fumbles. However, River has now thrown for his fourth straight 4,000 yard season. The Chargers are now riding a three game win streak and not coincidentally, the winning streak has started with Philip Rivers limiting his turnovers. The Chargers signal caller has not thrown an interception now in the last four games while throwing eight touchdowns in that period.

Rivers joined XX Sports Radio in San Diego this week and said that no matter the outcome of this season, he believes in Norv Turner and that the coach should be brought back in 2012. You can listen to the entire interview right here.

When asked about the future of Norv Turner remaining in San Diego, Rivers responded, (as transcribed by the good folks at

“We expect to go win these next two and see what happens, but whatever happens, that’s the way I feel. That six-game losing streak, all the turnovers, all the injuries, all the things that were going on — those aren’t excuses — but had we been getting beat 38-10 and 28-3 and can’t get a first down, maybe it’s a little more fair. We had a chance to win every single game. … I know it’s about winning and losing, but I think Norv and his staff did an excellent job of keeping us in every game. … We’ve won 48 games the last five years. That’s a lot of football games and I think Norv’s done an excellent job.”

Many Chargers fans would disagree with River’s assessment of Turners future with the organization.If the Chargers miss out on the playoffs this year, it will have been two years in a row the club hasn’t advanced to post season play despite playing last season with the top ranked offense and defense.

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