Norv Turner Could Have More Wins In Playoffs Than Any Other Chargers Head Coach

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Make no doubt about it; Norv Turner has faced more than his fair share of criticism. Turner gained, somewhat unfairly, a reputation for making good teams mediocre and failing to help bad teams get better. After watching the Chargers soar to a 11-5 record in 2007 followed by a nice run in the playoffs, expectations were for nothing short of a Super Bowl in 2008. But the Bolts struggled with consistency all season long, and Norv Turner was taking the brunt of the blame. Rallying his team to an 8-8 finish, and unapologetically finding themselves in the playoffs once again, Norv Turner is now earning some respect.

While Turner's career head coaching record in the regular season is nothing to be particularly proud of (his average is less than 8 wins a season), the fact of the matter is Norv Turner wins in the playoffs. With a win against the Pittsburgh Steelers this week, Norv Turner will have earned more playoff wins than any San Diego Chargers head coach in history. With the way his team has played in December and into January, does Turner feel a sense of vindication from the criticism?
“No. I really believe that it is always about next week. For me it’s always going to be about what happened in this game and now what’s going to happen in next game. That’s not a bad thing because it does help motivate you.”

“It’s part of what this profession is and it’s part of this business. If you’re affected by it and you let it keep you from doing your job or doing a good job then I think that would be the biggest error you could make. I’ve got strong beliefs, I’ve been fortunate to be around great coaches and great players. I do believe our staff knows how to coach and we know how to get some things done. Are we perfect? No. No one is perfect in this league. We had a great plan, we had guys running open about three times and big number 93 on Indianapolis had something to do with some of those plays being good or bad. This game still is about players competing and players making plays. We take a great deal of pride in putting those guys in the best position to do their job and the people we’re coaching against do the same thing.” - Norv Turner

January 7, 2009

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Anonymous said... Jan 8, 2009, 8:55:00 AM

give the man credit he's done more in the playoffs than marty did

Rocco said... Jan 8, 2009, 9:14:00 AM

To me its been about the players, always has. players play, coaches coach. doesnt matter what norv schemes up, its up to the players to go out an execute. until they started doing that, this team was dead in the water

Anonymous said... Jan 8, 2009, 9:55:00 AM

doesnt matter how you do it, just find a way to get into the tournament. isnt that what AJ Smith always says? you don't get style points for how you do it just get in!! Look at the Giants last year...their record wasn't flashy but they got hot at the right time and now they have fat rings and a big trophy

Anonymous said... Jan 11, 2009, 6:47:00 PM

Sorry folks Norv is blind. His defence that gives up 10 + yards per pass play would be o.k. if it was high school ball, but it is not. AJ Smith needs to commit to winning the Superbowl or leave resign and that that 50% head coach with him. Both men most hold the players and staff to the highest standards. As it is said in golf; "If you are putting for par should shouldn't be on the tour." A 500 ball club is in the playoffs is by luck and only luck. Norv and AJ's luck ran out today. Skill and higher standards next season please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said... Mar 13, 2009, 9:46:00 PM

Norv is a great coach. hopefully he can lead us to the promised land.

Tom Conlon said... Jun 10, 2009, 12:54:00 PM

Chargers will finally put it all together if they are healthy this year. Unreported injuries have hampered them for the past three years despite having the best talent in the league. If we are healthy, no one can beat us.

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