Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Chargers to Stick with G.M. and Coach

In a move that should surprise no one, the Chargers announced that embattled coach Norv Turner, and General Manager A.J. Smith will return for the 2011 season.  The announcement comes two days after an embarrassing loss to Cincinnati, 34-20.  The loss knocked the Chargers to 8-7, and eliminated them from playoff contention.

The perception by the public, is that Norv Turner has survived his disappointing run as coach of the Chargers, because he won't stand up to A.J. Smith, like former Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer would.  Well A.J. says that is not the case.

"There is an image that Norv is my puppet.  Just the opposite.  The man knows what he's doing.  The coach is coming back."  Smith told the San Diego Union Tribune.

Norv Turner is 63-40 in his career at the helm of the Chargers, but a talented roster has led to just one AFC title game appearance under his leadership.  The Chargers went 13-3 a year ago, but lost in the Divisional round of the playoffs.  This year, the team has given a very favorable schedule out of the gate, but turnovers and special teams caused them to start 2-5.  Turner will have another shot to led the Chargers to a title on 2011, assuming we have an NFL season.

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