Norv: Since You Are Staying, Just Focus on Coaching, Let’s Hire an OC

Every San Diego Chargers fan is screaming at the top of their lungs “FIRE NORV!!!” Since we all know that Norv will be here next season, I am going to offer up a different strategy. Let’s bring in a REAL offensive coordinator onto the team to control the offense and take that responsibility away from coach Norv Tuurner.

First off, how many people can name the San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator? Everyone knows Ron Rivera coaches the defense and Steve Crosby USED TO coach the special teams, but do you guys know the name Clarence Shelmon? Shelmon is listed on the as the offensive coordinator, BUT we all know that Turner makes the offensive play calls on gameday.

Shelmon has been the offensive coordinator for the Chargers since Turner was named the head coach. Before becoming the offensive coordinator, Shelmon was the running backs coach for the team. He has spent 16 seasons as a running backs coach before becoming the “offensive coordinator”. Shelmon may be a very gifted coordinator, but we are not privileged to those talents on Sunday.

Coach Turner will be going into his 14th season as a head coach, 5th season as the Chargers head coach, and he should take a new approach to his coaching style. In his 7 years with the Washington Redskins, they did not even have an offensive coordinator named on the team. During Norv’s tenure in Washington, they had great offensive minds on the staff with Cam Cameron and Mike Martz serving as the QB coach for several seasons, but neither of the coaches made the play calls. In Oakland, Turner had Jimmy Raye as the offensive coordinator but Norv was still making the calls on Sunday like he does here.

Norv is known as a great offensive mind and for grooming quarterbacks into stars. He has coached the Chargers offense to the number 1 ranked offense in the league, yet the team will be watching the playoffs on the TV instead of suiting up on Sunday.

Maybe Norv needs to focus on managing the entire game, instead of just focusing on the next offensive play that he wants to run. Letting go of the responsibilities of the offensive coordinator and just becoming the Head Coach.

Will this solve the problems? I don’t know, but it is an attempt at something different and an attempt to help the coaching staff (that everyone hates).

Now, if with this were to happen, who could we bring in?

Cam Cameron or Mike Martz would look great coaching the Chargers offense. They have ties to Turner back in their Redskins days and both coaches have been very successful coaching offenses. Martz is already coaching the offense in Chicago and Cameron is already coaching the offense in Baltimore, so they probably are unavailable.

A great candidate would be Josh McDaniels, former head coach of the Broncos (which was a disaster), but also the former offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots, where his offense broke all kinds of NFL records. He was released from his head coaching duties in Denver and would be a great offensive talent on the offensive coaching staff. Plus he can bring some of that Bill Belichick swagger over with him.

Do I really think this is gonna happen? NO, but I would welcome any change to help our coaching staff!

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  • schlaarp

    I think this is a great idea to hire josh McDaniels he is a bad head coach but a great coordinator i think a big reason why Norv struggles is because he is so worried about the offense and cant focus on the discipline factor. McDaniels would take the pressure off norv by running the offense and i think rivers would have great chemistry with McDaniels.

    • Ernie Padaon

      Exactly. Maybe it will cut down on our delay of game penalties as well. We gotta get some help for norv somewhere.

      Shaun phillips may not be smiling too much with the hiring since they had that little argument awhile back, but it still should be fine.

      I would love to see an offensive coordinator hiring!

  • P. Miller

    Every one wants to fire Norv. BAD idea! Make Norv the offensive coordinator and hire a new head coach(NOT Josh McDaniels…he sucked in Denver and he will any where he goes). Norv Turner is one the most brilliant offensive minds in the game today, so we should keep him around. Head couches are spread to thin, and I think thats the main problem. Norv needs to consintrate on the offence and let someone else worry about the overall team play. And I hope youall have gotten rid of that special teams coach…he was HORRIBLE!


    • Ernie Padaon

      we just hired a new special teams coach today. he is out of here.

      norv turner will not take the step down and just be the offensive coordinator. thats the biggest issue. he still runs the offense, but does not do well running the whole team.

      i did not suggest mcdaniels to become the head coach of the team. i suggested mcdaniels to run the offense. take some responsibily off the hands of norv, so he can focus mainly on the game

      • P. Miller

        McDaniels has a HUGE ego that will only bring the team down, as it did in Denver. He may have a good mind, but he’ll be another TO type. I live in CO., so I saw first hand how it all went down. Let Oakland or someone else deal with it.

        • Ernie Padaon

          ok.. i believe that. plus he likes to video tape other teams!

          now this coaching staff is getting revamped with rivera leaving and possibly chud leaving.

          time to bring in some fresh minds with leadership qualities to help out norval

  • P. Miller

    since im out of state, i dont get all the news about the team. whats the latest on jackson, and, whos the top canidate for dc? is wade phillips being mentioned? iseem to remember he did pretty well there before going to dallas. who else is in the mix?

    • Ernie Padaon

      we probably will franchise tag vincent jackson for next year. he should be back as a charger next year.

      wade phillips signed with the houston texans to be their dc before ron rivera left to carolina.

      the biggest candidate is greg manusky out of san fran. he was their dc and ahe used to be the lb coach for the chargers under wade.

  • P. Miller

    Im glad to hear jackson could be back but i thought he wanted more money than the team wanted to pay and thats why he held out. Glad to hear theres a new special teams coach.I didnt follow sf to closly this past season but didnt they give up a lot of points? Was it a poor scheme or poor coaching or poor players? Is Manusky the man? I guess time will tell.

    • Ernie Padaon

      well… the Chargers were just taking advantage of the situation with Vincent and that is why they didnt pay him. Franchising him will guarantee him an average of the top 5 paid receivers. The Chargers might be willing to do that since he is such an impact player and nobody else stepped up in the receiving corps.

      as for manusky, he was hired and we will see if it was the scheme or the players. really can’t tell. I wonder if manusky will be able to bring over Takeo Spikes from san francisco with him though. That could be a good player to have in the middle of the defense.