Is this how Norv Turner planned on repairing his reputation as a mediocre at best head coach, a 3-3 start with a team that went 14-2 with virtually the same personnel as the previous year? Maybe. Lets take a closer look.
In the past two weeks Norv's Chargers have pounded two division rivals, the Broncos and the Raiders, to the tune of a combined score of 69-17! A great way to go into a bye week, unless you mistakenly believe byes can be momentum killers.
The Chargers have two weeks to get ready for a home game against the Houston Texans. Can you say 4-3 and back in control of the very winnable AFC West, anyone?
Turner got his title as "offensive genius" by riding the wave that was the triplets and arguably the greatest offensive line in NFL history in the early to mid 1990s Dallas Cowboys camp, so he has a lot to prove with the offensive weapons he has at his disposal in San Diego.
Norv has the worst winning percentage of any coach in NFL history who has coached 3 or more years(.415), so a 4-3 start looks like ticker tape parade start for this typically floundering regular season team leader.
Traffic has significantly cooled at firenorv.net since the last two wins. Go figure.
No Charger player had a harsh word for Turner during the 1-3 start, and now that measured silence is paying off for the entire team team's improved lockerrom bonhomie.
QB Phillip Rivers gives a lot of credit to NT for the teams resurgence. "I mean, there's teams that go 1-3 that just keep reeling off losses, but he did a great job of keeping everything together. He has done a nice job and should not have to shoulder the blame for any of the early losses."
LaDanian Tomlinson has no issues with NT either. "Norv is a guy that everybody can get along with. If you dont like Norv then there is really something wrong with you as a person. He gets along with everybody."
Troy Aikman was so taken with Turner that he mentioned him by name in his Hall of Fame induction speech.