Chargers Extend Head Coach Norv Turner Through 2013

The San Diego Chargers have extended Norv Turner's contract by three years; Turner is now signed through the 2013 season.

Says team owner Dean Spanos:

“I’m extremely proud of the job Norv has done with this team. In three seasons he’s led the team to three division titles. I’m confident that if we strengthen our roster and continue to provide Norv the assets he needs, this team will have continued success.”

Source: (Chargers sign Turner through 2013)


What's your take on this signing? Was this the right move? Turner's .648 winning record is the highest in team history. He's helped the development of Philip Rivers and has really opened up the passing game. On the other hand, Turner has yet to win an AFC Championship and has shown at times to no disciplinarian, instead relying on the coaching staff and team captains to address locker room issues. Use the comment section below and contribute to the discussion!

January 18, 2010

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Anonymous said... Jan 18, 2010, 9:21:00 PM

No it was not the right move. Do or die time Norv can not deliver year after year. But they won the Division! Who cares, it's not about the division title, it's about winning the Super bowl...I guess Spanoes hasn't figured that out yet. I am embarassed to wear my charger gear. Are any of the Charger players, Charger Fans? or just fans of their contracts? The maturity of Jackson is, is, is, Good job!!!

dony2k said... Jan 18, 2010, 10:05:00 PM

Good coaches are hard to find. Unless we could have picked up a high quality coach on the market like Cowher it was the right move.

I definitely enjoy our style of offense right now which can be described as a high powered aerial attack much better than Marty ball. Even though the Jets beat us with Marty ball Jr as their offensive coordinator.

Maybe we should shop around while he's in contract and absorb the financial loss if we find a better coach or demote him to offensive coordinator.

Mike R said... Jan 19, 2010, 12:41:00 AM

Wow wat an idiot move!!! WTF r dey thinking giving this pussy calling coach an extension he sucks he's not good da talent on our team makes him look good but he sucks!! Wow I'm very dissapointed with this move another dumb move having so many coaches available
1. Bill Cowher
2. Bill Billichek
3. Norm Edwards
4. Tony Dungy
5. Leslie Frazier ( Vikings defensive cord)
I would have even been happier with Pete Carroll as our next coach!!
Sorry LT all this means dat ur not gonna win a superbowl & it sukz cuz u gave us ur best years!!
Let's get Ed reed in here we need a big time defensive player!!

bolted said... Jan 19, 2010, 1:41:00 AM

Everyone's a hater. Maybe you didn't watch the game, but Kaeding missed 3 field goals. chargers should have been into the afc championship game, i don't think it was Turner's fault that kaeding can't handle the pressure. Norv did what he needed to do keep his job, leading this team to 11 straight wins

Anonymous said... Jan 19, 2010, 8:45:00 AM

Really? No really?

To bolted said: Leadership starts at the top. Who called the 57 yard attempt? Who called the plays that put the team in a position to settle for a F/G attempt? NORV TURNER! Who changed the style of play in the playoffs? Who moved away from what got the team to the playoffs? NO WIN NORV!

Turner doesn't have what it takes to win the big game! Keep Keading, and dump Norv, Leadership starts at the top. Are you listing AJ?

Anonymous said... Jan 19, 2010, 8:58:00 AM

Every Charger fan that paid for playoff tickets should be given a refund. I did not get what I paid for that for sure!

Adrian said... Jan 19, 2010, 9:28:00 AM

lets get rid of LT get rid of Turner. Lets get Schottenheimer back and trade most of are draft picks this year and next year "if needed to," to get Toby Gerhart from Stanford there's no team 4 him right now, this team Chargers team fits his style of play right down 2 the T and his home town is right next door... If chargers wanna get a ring next year this is what they should do!! ! !!!

Anonymous said... Jan 19, 2010, 10:13:00 AM

Chargers let their fans down! I'm not going to be a season ticket holder for the 2010 season. They didn't play to win. The winning formula was written by sports analyist... stop run and beware of shut down corner!
They were playing #1 defense that means ...get rid of the ball fast. Charger offense should have been passing 1st down ... Run 2nd Pass 3rd all afternoon. Tomlinson up the middle are you kidding?( me against #1 D )
Chargers should have promoted Rivera and scouted an offense cordinator. Nate go jump of a cliff! You choker be a man and but some blame on yourself. The window has closed shutt.

Lighting 72

CLE said... Jan 19, 2010, 10:33:00 AM

I can see both sides of Norv's contract extension. When I first heard this, I was pretty upset, and I usually back him up. We had numerous penalties on the field and many of them were because of our attitude, aka SP's headbutt and VJ kicking the challenge flag. Those actions, I think, reflect our head coach - lack of discipline and lack of respect. Maybe if we had a coach that could keep his team in line, we would have advanced to Indy. That game was a huge mess. It wasn't just Kaeding's fault. Rivers was pressured into 2 INTs; experienced receivers dropped easy passes (in part due to top-ranked defenders), and we were penalized way more than any regular season game. Maybe if Turner had a handle on his team, they wouldn't have panicked and committed so many mistakes.

On the other hand, a head coach needs time to adapt to his team. I think Spanos sees his Chargers as a work of progress and is not ready to hand the reigns over to another coach that may destroy Turner's work. HOWEVER, I don't think Norv is a Super Bowl-worthy coach. He may be an "offensive genius," but there he has no fire in him.

I hear Turner is AJ's mouthpiece, so there was no doubt in my mind Spanos would re-sign our current head coach...he DID win NFL Coach of the Year, but that was before the playoff fiasco. Horrible.

kyle said... Jan 19, 2010, 2:40:00 PM


Anonymous said... Jan 19, 2010, 11:24:00 PM

I agree with everyone that stated we need to get rid of Turner. The guy is not a leader, he is a wimp who doesn't know how to speak at press conferences. He was dropped into the most talented team in the NFL and along with AJ they have wasted three years of our lives and the player's lives. LT and Antonio aren't getting any younger, Kaeding obviously wasn't prepared properly (considering he missed a crucial FG in 2005 against the Jets) and we haven't had an offensive line for three years. This is what happens when you have a one dimensional coach, you get one dimensional football.

The Jets won because they have a cocky ass coach who is a man and backs up his talk. We have loser Turner who should never have been hired in the first place. Let's get a real coach who can control his players and knows when to hire a sport psychologist to prepare the team mentally since his dumb ass didn't do that. I bet all the players are afraid to talk about their disappointment with the team because they might be released from their contracts since Norv is so far AJ's ass, just as AJ wanted. Get rid of Turner and AJ Smith. If the Spanos family can't do that, then sell the team and get us an owner who actually wants to win, not the pansies we have right now.

Anonymous said... Jan 20, 2010, 8:11:00 AM

Time to clean house! That starts from the top. A.J. and Turner must go!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said... Jan 20, 2010, 2:59:00 PM

The Chargers brain trust just resigned Norv "Dynamo" Turner, and in this morning's newspaper Dean Spanos just reiterated that the Chargers “must not look back", adding that the team must be rebuilt via the draft. Hmmm.
How about this scenario? The Chargers show some creativity (ha!) and spine (ha, ha!) and demote Norv to OC where he belongs, hire Bill Cowher (although I'd prefer Mike Singletary) as HC, and then have A.J.;
(1) Trade talented All-Pro head-case VINCENT JACKSON to Detroit for a #1 and a #2 draft choice. They gain a proven, tall wide receiver for their talented QB, are outside our conference, and we can start over with someone emotionally stable.
(2) Trade talented-but-gutless All-Pro sperm donor ANTONIO CROMARTIE to the Rams for a #2, and two #3's. That way Cro can stay "closer" to his multi-state surrounding family, and we can pretend we reinvented the concept of a cornerback who will actually tackle.
(3) Trade (gulp) our beloved LaDainian Tomlinson to any team outside our conference with a decent offensive line, for whatever we might be able to get for him. It's time to end this humiliating torture of a good and talented player here, and finally do the right thing. Thank you L.T., best of luck.
(4) Trade (mercifully) the nearly-invisible, hardly used WR "Buster" Davis for whatever we might be able to get for him (perhaps two steelies and a cats-eye). There *must* be a real football player somewhere to fill that roster spot.
(5) Trade All-Pro NATE “El Choko” KAEDING to the Saints (they need a kicker) for two #2 and a #4. I love Kaeding, but his playoff record speaks for itself, and if you can't do it in the playoffs..., really, what's the point?
(6) Trade former All-Pro SHAWNE "Light's Flickering" MERRIMAN to defense-hungry Detroit also, for a #3 and two (contingent) #4's if he makes the team and can play for most of a season.
(7) Either start or trade former #1 draft choice CB ANTOINE CASON to any team outside our division for a #2 and a #5 pick. Cason pouts, misses tackles, and has never shown much of a “knack” for playing the position at the NFL level. Why make him another Cro? Do the deal and get some fresh bodies in here without any “attitudes”. Ditto PAUL OLIVER.

Finally release (gulp) the great JAMAL WILLIAMS and keep trying to do A.J.’s Free Agent magic, but get some serious football players in here while serving notice to other guys this isn’t just another ho-hum millionaires club, no matter what spot you were drafted in. And give a bonus raise to “Mooch” and all the other linemen who filled in so admirably this last year, whether on IR now or not. Bottom line: Let’s cut the candy-ass method of doing football here in San Diego and go get the Super Bowl trophy by the goddamned throat. That's MY opinion.

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