Bolts Coaching Staff One Of NFL's Worst Says FOX Sports

There are going to be plenty of people who will say it was a mistake of epic proportions for the Chargers to have canned Marty Schottenheimer, one of the winningest coaches in history, just as the team has reached the cusp of a championship. To these people, the thought of replacing Marty Schottenheimer with Norv Turner is downright ridiculous. Nevermind the fact that Turner is an offensive genius; he failed to win with bad teams, and for that he should be limited to coaching quarterbacks only...or something. Nevermind the fact that Schottenheimer was notorious for losing in the playoffs, and proved twice he can't coach in the postseason. Nope, none of that matters. The Chargers should have either stuck with Marty, or convinced Pete Carroll to stop winning National Championships.

The people that would tell you this are not Chargers fans.

Case in point:

The highly respected Football Outsider boys are frequent contributors to and in their recent submission, they rank all 32 NFL team's coaching staffs.

Philadelphia Eagles are tops. New England Patriots, the second best.

The Chargers?



30. Chargers (Last Year: 6)

Norv Turner has a 58-82 record as a head coach. His teams made the playoffs just once in his nine seasons as a head coach. Turner has a rep as an offensive guru, but his teams rarely finish in the top half of the league in points, yards or DVOA. Take away his success with the 1990s Cowboys, and his record is abysmal. Yes, he often accepts jobs with terrible teams, and he is very good at nurturing young quarterbacks and receivers. But Turner gives the clubhouse malcontents too much leeway, and his teams habitually under-perform in important games. If Chargers fans hated Marty Schottenheimer because he couldn't win in the playoffs, wait until they see the guy who never even reaches the playoffs — yet somehow keeps getting coaching opportunities.

Sure, the Chargers lost coordinators to head coaching gigs with other teams. But they also have some guys who are the best at what they do.

Jack Henry is widely regarded as one of the best coaches of offensive lines.

John Ramsdell is a quarterbacks guru who worked miracles with Kurt Warner and Marc Bulger in St. Louis.

Ron Rivera, defensive coordinator last year of the NFC Champions, the Chicago Bears, is coaching the Chargers' linebackers.

Wayne Nunnely and James Lofton are two of the most underrated coaches in the entire league. Nunnely has been golden for the Bolts, coaching up his d-linemen into perhaps the deepest and most talented in the league. And Lofton has been working with virtually nothing for years now and yet still manages to squeeze the most out of his receivers.

Norv Turner has never had the weapons he now controls in San Diego. This is his best opportunity of his career, and he won't mess this up. When the Chargers start rolling and are winning games week in and week out, people will point to Turner and say 'Of course he is winning! He is an offensive genius and has the best player in the league! But wait till they get to the playoffs'

And then the Chargers win in the playoffs and get to the Super Bowl, and Norv adds another ring to the two he already has, and they'll be left with nothing to say.

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August 7, 2007

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