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Predictions: Norv Turner

Prediction articles are always the most fun to write. The best thing is when your predictions actually turn out to be right. The expectations aren’t huge for the Chargers this seasonbecause of their poor season last year, but this could be the best all around roster the Chargers have had in the last 4 years, pssst. “NORV TURNER ERA.” Which brings me to my first prediction/opinion.

Norv Turner took over the Head Coaching position for San Diego in 2007. The two years prior, he was the head coach for the Oakland Raiders and the offensive coordinator for the San Fransisco 49ers. Coaching for the Raiders, Norv went 4-12 and finished last in the AFC West. Turner didn’t have a great coaching record, but San Diego signed him anyways. Over the four years he’s been with the Chargers, he’s won the division three times, won three playoff games, and has a record of 41-23.

Time to Prove

On paper, his career in San Diego looks pretty good, but most Charger fans will tell you otherwise. With the talent that the Chargers have, a Super Bowl Championship should have been accomplished by now. The closest they ever got to that feat was Turner’s first year in San Diego where they lost to the Patriots in the AFC Championship.


The year after, they lost to the Steelers in the Divisional Round. Then they lost to the Jets in the same round the next year. Two playoff wins, then one, then none, then missing the postseason. Those are the stats that really count. Norv must show some sort of potential to the front office, because they fired Marty Shottenheimer after a 14-2 season. Turner is on very thin ice. His success as a Charger is free falling, and is close to hitting the end. This is a make or break year for Turner. Anything short of at least one playoff win, could be the end of the Norv Turner Era.


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