San Diego Chargers head coach position is no longer an ideal job

By Kenny Gardner
San Diego Chargers
Jake Roth-USA Today Sports

The San Diego Chargers were close to greatness in 2007 when they lost in the AFC Championship game to the New England Patriots. San Diego had a 13-3 record in 2009, but lost their only playoff game.

Norv Turner was hired to be San Diego’s head coach prior to the 2007 NFL season.  San Diego has one playoff win since their trip to the AFC Championship game and a 22-24 record from 2010-present.

San Diego’s front office should have fired Turner after the 2010 season because while the team was declining under him as they have every season they still had great pieces to the puzzle.

Philip Rivers led the NFL with 4,710 passing yards in 2010 to go along with 30 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Antonio Gates ranked seventh in the NFL with 10 TD receptions and ranked eighth in receiving yards per game.

San Diego still had Vincent Jackson who led them in receiving yards in 2008 and led the team in receiving yards and TD receptions in 2009.

San Diego’s defense ranked third in fewest yards allowed per pass attempt and fifth in this category against the run in 2010.  San Diego failed to make the playoffs in 2010 which was evident that it was time for a change.

The Lightning Bolts have a 5-9 record right now which is Turner’s sixth season as head coach and should be his last in this position.  The problem is that San Diego’s head coaching position is no longer an ideal job.

San Diego ranks 27th in yards per punt return, 28th in yards per rushing attempt, 30th in yards per reception while the Arizona Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers are the only teams that have allowed more sacks.

There has to be major changes made during the offseason, but it could be difficult to find a great head coach for the Chargers.

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