Norv Turner: Chargers are far from being a playoff team

Many people consider the San Diego Chargers to be a team with talent that would be easy for a new coach to turn around. Norv Turner disagrees.

Turner was fired by the Chargers on Monday after six seasons on the job. Though the team made the playoffs his first three seasons, they went 24-24 and failed to reach the postseason over his final three seasons. He doesn’t think the team is as close to returning to the playoffs as many others do.

“Someone wrote a few weeks ago that this team is not that far away from the playoffs,” Turner said Monday, per Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego. “I would disagree. I know the things that would have to get done for that to happen. If this team comes next year and they get some things done to help them get better and are able to make the playoffs, I would hope it would be a surprise to all the Chargers fans, and they would be excited about it.

“I would hope it would not be the expectation starting in August because I think you need to give whoever the guy who comes in here and the group he brings in some time to get back this thing back to where it was.”

Turner apparently said he felt the Chargers were the most talented team in the AFC West his first three seasons on the job, but not his last three. He seemed to pin that problem on GM A.J. Smith.

“We’ve had too many changes,” Turner said. “We’ve lost too many people.”

The Chargers lost players like Mike Tolbert, Vincent Jackson, and Kevin Burnett in recent years, but they’ve also retained cornerstones like Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates, Eric Weddle and Shaun Phillips. The team has been in a very winnable division and simply has not played well. That, to me, is on Turner. It would be a surprise if a new coach did not perform better than Turner.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1137720217 Kristie Chansler Moore

    Yah, Norv!  We haven’t been expecting to see the Bolts in the playoffs the last 3 years with you there either!

  • Stephen Dalena

    Norv!!!  Why don’t you go where no one knows your name.

  • johnnyjunior

     The organization is apparently in turmoil.  Pushing out  Marty was one thing, but bringing in a loser like Norv was another.  We all knew that, yet the execs making the big bucks in the key positions were oblivious….unless, of course, winning is not their priority.  I’d love to see Phillip go to an organization ready to build a championship team.

  • rdc1974

    Should have never fired Schottenheimer. LT tried to tell the front office they had a real coach but they would’nt listen to him or a 13-3 season. Now look where they are 3 years in a row out of the playoffs

  • lars1459

    I think Norv should keep his mouth shut. That organization gave him an awful lot of chances.  The problem now is that the team is past its prime and the new guy will be stuck with aging talent.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DCHUVCDT4PP4BYWYZBZFJJH7PE David

    Maybe Turner is judging the Charger’s talent based on how well they play for him. As a Charger fan, I used to hear some say how great a coach Turner was. Well, how many teams are interviewing him now? Andy Reid looks like he will go to Arizona.
     I heard a story once, when in Turners first season starting 2 and 3, LT  called a players only meeting to try to motivate the troops and get past the Schottenheimer firing and Turner hiring. Morale was waning, players didn’t think Turner had it. Kind of brought the players around, since Turner couldn’t do it himself.