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Blame more than Norv in San Diego

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08:06 AM ET 11.15 | Fans in San Diego want change, but perhaps the answer isn't entirely about Norv Turner. It's safe to say Dean Spanos, whose opinion is the only one that matters, still feels much as he did after last season -- that it's part personnel (meaning [A.J. Smith], the general manager) and part coaching. ... As far as coaching, neither Turner nor offensive line guru Hal Hunter and his assistant Mike Sullivan forgot how to teach pass blocking. I doubt Turner is here in 2013. If Spanos decides the offensive line (not to mention Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal) are unforgivable gaffes, Smith will be gone, too. But whoever is running things better figure out what to do with at least three of the spots on the line, or they won't be here long either.

U-T San Diego

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November 15, 2012  08:20 AM ET

Fire AJ Smith and Norv Turner. Smith has had more than enough time to do something in SD, and he has a history of letting the wrong people go. Turner, like Wade Phillips, is an excellent coordinator who can't make the jump to HC.

November 15, 2012  08:21 AM ET

" But whoever is running things better figure out ..."

I'm not sure anyone is running things in San Diego.

November 15, 2012  08:43 AM ET

Sounds like a fire sale, ala Miami Marlins might be in order.

November 15, 2012  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Norv Turner is just a terrible head coach in the NFL and always has been. Blame the billionaire idiots that hire Norv as they let him coach. Norv never has commanded respect anywhere and the players run all over him. Amazing.

No argument than Norv should NEVER be a Head Coach again... but Smith has more than wore out his welcome as well.



By the way - I really dig your avatar...

November 15, 2012  09:09 AM ET

Quite the list of HC candidates in a few months. Reid, R Ryan, Turner, Payton? Chan G. I think some teams are going to get some very good coordinators.

November 15, 2012  09:35 AM ET

As they say: It's not how you win or lose it's how you place the blame. Not all Turners fault.

November 15, 2012  09:40 AM ET

Norv's record of failures as a head coach at his previous stops should have been a warning too AJ Smith, but Smith fired Marty tore apart the team because he wanted to show how smart he was. He was following Jerry Jones's example of a twice failed head coach as a hire ala Wade Phillips.

Norv looked good because Marty put together and coached a good team. It helped the AFC West sucked for so long. With competition in their division the last 2 years and now this year, San Diego will miss the playoffs for now 3 straight years. Team looks horrible yet the only people who like San Diego every year is a lot of sports analysts even this season said to win the AFC West, Denver had to go through San Diego. Like San Diego was relevant. They are not.

Blow up the management. Rebuild the team. We have seen Rivers is not as great as AJ Smith gambled.

November 15, 2012  09:52 AM ET
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Quite the list of HC candidates in a few months. Reid, R Ryan, Turner, Payton? Chan G. I think some teams are going to get some very good coordinators.

I think we can add Romeo to your list of future coordinators also

November 15, 2012  09:54 AM ET

Turner failed in Washington in Oakland and now San Diego. Does not help that Philip Rivers is a jerk.

November 15, 2012  10:02 AM ET
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I think we can add Romeo to your list of future coordinators also

True. And no doubt a few more.

November 15, 2012  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I think we can add Romeo to your list of future coordinators also

The Patriots could sure use one.

November 15, 2012  10:14 AM ET
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The Patriots could sure use one.

Bill Belichick would welcome him back with open arms.

Which is kind of the way the Patriots' defense tries to tackle.

November 15, 2012  10:14 AM ET

Speaking of overrated, whining NFL players...let's talk some more about incessantly complaining, whining, drama-queen Drew Brees and the "pooooooor, pooooooor" Saints!

Open thread!........

November 15, 2012  10:22 AM ET
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" But whoever is running things better figure out ..."I'm not sure anyone is running things in San Diego.

I know....let's ask Drew Brees! That incessantly whining, complaining, drama queen, blow hard, mouth-breathing, cat-scratching, annoying ignoramus; complaining that the Saints "didn't do anything wrong" while his fellow nfl quarterbacks got whipsawed & concussed....let's ask him! :)

November 15, 2012  10:28 AM ET
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Bill Belichick would welcome him back with open arms.Which is kind of the way the Patriots' defense tries to tackle.

The Patriots will keep winning as long as their offense keeps putting up big numbers.

November 15, 2012  10:29 AM ET
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Turner failed in Washington in Oakland and now San Diego. Does not help that Philip Rivers is a jerk.

Oh, you have met Philip?

November 15, 2012  10:37 AM ET
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Oh, you have met Philip?

Love it!

November 15, 2012  10:39 AM ET

I'd like to see Norv back in Dallas as the OC. Move Garrett to full time coach. See if that could pick the 'Boys up.

 
November 15, 2012  10:41 AM ET
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I'd like to see Norv back in Dallas as the OC. Move Garrett to full time coach. See if that could pick the 'Boys up.

Agreed...

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