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