Norv Turner got off to a great start as head coach of the San Diego Chargers. In Turner’s first season, San Diego made it to the AFC Championship game before losing to the undefeated New England Patriots.
San Diego has gotten worse as each season goes along since they made it to the AFC Championship game in the 2007 NFL season.
San Diego lost in the second round of the playoffs in 2008, lost their only playoff game in 2009, had a 9-7 record in 2010, but did not make the playoffs and missed the playoffs with an 8-8 record last season.
The Lightning Bolts have a 5-8 record this season and if the Cincinnati Bengals win tomorrow or San Diego loses to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, San Diego will be eliminated from playoff contention.
According to Matt De Lima of fftoolbox.com, Turner talked to Jim Nantz and Phil Simms last week about his job and said “We all know in the end what the final outcome will be.”
Turner should have been fired after last season, but was brought back for his sixth season as San Diego’s head coach.
San Diego’s franchise quarterback Philip Rivers is a major reason why Turner was brought back. Rivers lobbied for Turner to keep his job after the team failed last season.
San Diego collapsed for the second year in a row because they started 2011 with a 4-1 record before falling to 4-7. The Chargers were 3-1 this season before they went 1-7 over an eight game stretch.
I do not believe that San Diego will make the playoffs this season which has to be the end of Turner’s tenure as the team’s head coach.