Norv Turner is entering his sixth season as head coach of the San Diego Chargers. Even though Turner had a 58-82-1 record before coming to San Diego, the team achieved immediate success with him in 2007 as they went from a second round loss following a bye week in 2006 to two playoff wins in Turner’s first season. San Diego would go on to win their first playoff game in 2008 before losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers in round two. Turner had a 32-16 record in his first three seasons from 2007-2009. However, San Diego had a 17-15 record from 2010-2011.
San Diego had a 3-1 record in the playoffs under Turner in his first four playoff games with the team, but are 0-2 in their last two playoff games, have not made the playoffs since 2009 and have not won a playoff game since 2008. The Chargers were reportedly interested in former Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher last season in December. San Diego has regressed after a 13-3 record in 2009 and a loss in their only playoff game, they were 9-7 in 2010 and 8-8 in 2011. The fact that Turner was brought back for another season in 2012 is a major sign that Cowher was not interested or a deal could not get done.
Cowher was the head coach on Pittsburgh when they beat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL and was also the head coach when they lost to the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XXX. Cowher has a regular season record of 149-90-1 and a 12-9 record in the playoffs. Jon Gruden was also mentioned as a potential replacement and he was the head coach of a Super Bowl winning team in 2002. Gruden has a 95-81 record in the regular season and is 5-4 in the playoffs. Gruden’s passion for the game is similar to that of San Diego’s quarterback Philip Rivers, so the two could be a great fit together. There are plenty of other names out there, but Cowher or Gruden would be the most successful man for the job should San Diego fail in the 2012 NFL season.