By Eric Schmidt

The San Diego Chargers were unable to rebound after their historic loss to the Denver Broncos on Monday night football two weeks ago. Coming off a bye, the Chargers traveled to Cleveland and have now gone six consecutive quarters without scoring a touchdown. How long can Norv Turner keep his head coaching job with the San Diego Chargers at this point?

Turner’s job has long been in question with the Chargers. He inherited a team which went 14-2 in 2006 and the team has simply regressed over the years under his tenure. The Chargers have been known for slow starts under his leadership but he is now two years without a playoff appearance and reaching post season this season looks equally as bleak. The Chargers have now lost four of their last five games and Sunday’s 7-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns has to be considered a low point. The Chargers have been outscored in the second half of their last three games 52-7.

The Chargers fanbase has been disgruntled with this team for years, and frustration is reaching a boiling point. San Diego wants a new stadium, but the current Chargers organization is putting nothing on the field to make the locals support this franchise.

Recent drafts have been a bust. RB Ryan Mathews, despite all the annual promises of a breakout season, still seems injury prone and has trouble holding onto the football. None of the homegrown stars are retained, talent leaves every season via free agency. Case in point, WR Vincent Jackson.

Yes, Jackson had some off-field issues during his time in San Diego, but he wanted a long-term deal. San Diego decided they were not going to pay him, he moved on to Tampa Bay. The Chargers signed former New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem for their deep threat. Meachem has 12 receptions on the year for 189 yards and two scores and dropped a potential game winner this afternoon. Vincent Jackson on the other hand has 29 receptions for 626 yards and five scores in Tampa Bay. San Diego will see Jackson in two weeks.

Yes, the weather was horrid in Cleveland. Cold weather, torrential downpours, wind, but each team had to play in the same conditions. The Chargers could not muster one touchdown against a one win Browns team featuring a banged up rookie running back and a rookie quarterback under center.

The Chargers had their opportunities to win the game. A dropped ball by Meachem. Another by Antonio Gates. A failed fourth down conversion by Jackie Battle. Details. Details. Details. Good head coaches pay attention to details, Norv Turner does not.

Perhaps the only bit of good news for the Chargers is that despite the terrible weather conditions, QB Philip Rivers did not suffer any turnovers. Rivers has eight interceptions in his last five games and six fumbles on the season.

After the monumental collapse against the Denver Broncos two weeks ago, head coach Norv Turner suggested that the loss could be blamed on him. He seemed lackluster in his explanation against the Browns in his post-game presser Sunday afternoon.

“You saw it. I saw it. This is a team and we go out there and trust each other and play together. I know everyone out there is giving everything they have, and that’s what I’m talking about. We had opportunities to make plays, and in a game like that, it’s not a game that’s freewheeling and high scoring. When you get an opportunity to make a play, you have to do it.”

The Chargers are now staring up at a surging Denver Broncos team that appears poised to run away with the AFC West. They play again on Thursday night, against the Kansas City Chiefs, another one win team and a divisional opponent.This is a team which should be sitting at 5-2 and atop the AFC West.

Instead, They appear once again to be struggling to find an identity and hoping for another .500 season. Familiarity breeds contempt and it’s time for a change at the head coaching position of the San Diego Chargers. The players have become too comfortable with the coaching staff and vise versa. It’s time for a change.

 

 

 

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  1. avatar craiger

    It’s way overdue for both GM Smith AND Norv Turner to be replaced. Do so now! Name an interim head coach from the present staff and same for the GM. C’mon, Smith’s personnel moves have backfired in key positions, and Turner was hired to take this team into the playoffs farther than Marty Schottenheimer ever did. Turner can’t even get the Chargers INTO the playoffs! Smith made the head coaching change after a 14-2 season and a first-round playoff loss to the Patriots. He hired Turner, so another of his bad decisions. What more negative needs to happen before both men are fired??

     
  2. avatar David

    The problem is that Norv should have been fired so long ago (in fact he never should have been HIRED) that its starting to seem as if Spanos will never do it. He must be making money hand over fist with these mediocre teams that don’t sell out because he just does not seem motivated. He hasn’t really pushed all that hard for a new stadium, hasn’t left SD when he could have for the last 3 years, and hasn’t fired Norv or AJ when it has been obvious that the team is going nowhere with them around. Must be nice, Dean. All we really can wish for is a change of ownership.

     
  3. avatar Chris

    Dean Spanos slapped every Charger fan in the face at the end of the last season when he decided to retain both of these douche bags. Norv especially. I am also tired of hearing that Spanos kept Norv because he didn’t want to pay him out for the rest of his contract. Last time I checked, Spanos is rich. Paying off Norv would have been the equivalent of me pulling out a $100 bill and trading it in half. Bottom line, when Norv first showed up I gave him the benefit of the doubt, but now, for almost 5 years, I have spent no money on this team. No NFL merchandise, and no game tickets. I refuse to contribute money to this team until Norv is gone. I just wish more people would have done what I have because if they did, he would have been gone years ago.

     
  4. avatar Chris

    Dean Spanos slapped every Charger fan in the face at the end of the last season when he decided to retain both of these douche bags. Norv especially. I am also tired of hearing that Spanos kept Norv because he didn’t want to pay him out for the rest of his contract. Last time I checked, Spanos is rich. Paying off Norv would have been the equivalent of me pulling out a $100 bill and tearing it in half. Bottom line, when Norv first showed up I gave him the benefit of the doubt, but now, for almost 5 years, I have spent no money on this team. No NFL merchandise, and no game tickets. I refuse to contribute money to this team until Norv is gone. I just wish more people would have done what I have because if they did, he would have been gone years ago.

     
  5. avatar Fred

    The whole lot should be replaced starting with Spanos who hasn’t got a clue. Maybe he should spend less time in the MARKETING DEPT and more time on the beach. AJ’s precious ego is so big he can’t get out of its way (i.e. VJax, Marty, Brees, and on and on), Norv is about as inspiring as a web blanket you see John Fox on the Denver sideline yesterday he was engaged… Norv looks like he’s about ready to cry)… Now he appears to have lost the locker room. Charger management wake up and smell the coffee and quit smoking whatever it is that makes the rose colored glasses seem like this is Alice in wonderland.

     
  6. avatar johny

    No playoffs for 2 years. Lose a game that you were winning by 24 at halftime. Then not being able to score vs the browns. THE FREAKING BROWNS. If we fans put a team together we will beat the browns. Not only he is a terrible coach he also ruined rivers confidence. What happened to the bombs rivers used to throw ? Now its only short passes to the RBs. I have jerseys, and hats, but I decided not to wear anything, or support this team untill AJ, and norv r gone. Also I’m not 1 of those fans that flip flops when my team is doing bad, but I really believe we have a great team and a lot of talent, but it just sucks to see how the owner doesn’t give a damn about the team.

     
  7. avatar OBRover

    I lived in DC during Turners tenure as coach of the Redskins. It was nightmare then and my nightmare continues here in San Diego. This guy is a bad luck, smarmy, mumbling pansy. How can anyone get inspired by his whiny. no confidence voice. Fire Smith, Fire Turner. Cut Matthews. Draft a QB. The only positive thing I have seen from the Chargers is Bigbys Jah Rastafari comment on national TV. Other than that the team is a bust. Think of how great a team it could be with Brees, Turner, Jackson, Sproles. What they have now is the best low bid can buy.

     

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