The San Diego Chargers finished the 2012 NFL season with a 7-9 record and missed the playoffs for the third straight season. Norv Turner was fired on Monday as the team’s head coach after six seasons in this position.
According to Michael Gehlken of nctimes.com, Turner said “Someone wrote a few weeks ago that this team is not that far away from making the playoffs. I would disagree.”
Turner continued by saying “I would hope it would not be the expectation starting in August because I think you need to give whoever the guy who comes in here and the group he brings in some time.”
Indianapolis had a 2-14 record in 2011 and improved to 11-5 this season, Minnesota went from 3-13 to 10-6 while Washington went from 5-11 to 10-6.
Indy and Washington have rookie quarterbacks which is not the case for San Diego because Philip Rivers will be in his eighth season as San Diego’s starting QB when the 2013 season begins.
The Seattle Seahawks also had a rookie QB this season and they went from a 7-9 record in 2011 to an 11-5 record this season.
San Diego underachieved after finishing their 2009 season with a 13-3 record then lost their only game in the playoffs. San Diego missed the playoffs in 2010 with the NFL’s number one offense and defense.
However, at 7-9 this season, San Diego finished three games out from a playoff spot and is in better shape this season than the four teams that missed the playoffs last year.
San Diego may be far away from being Super Bowl contenders, but they are not far away from making it back to the postseason.