November 1, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner prior to the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Norv Turner – Nice Guy, Bad Head Coach


I realize that I bag on San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner a lot.  I think that my complete dislike of the man may have a little (ok, a lot) to do with what he has done to our beloved Chargers, not the kind of person he is.  I took some time to read about the man outside of coaching and he is actually a likeable guy.  He is also not a bad offensive coordinator.  He is just a bad head coach.  Period.  I think his history says a lot, so I do not need to go on and on as to why he needs to be released back into the wild.  If you follow the Chargers or even football in general you know he holds a few records.  You may also know his record as a head coach is 115–121–1.  Here are some things you may not know about coach Turner that makes him a nice guy.

He thinks San Diegans are nice.  Well duh, we are!  In a recent San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine interview he commented about how Charger fans are respectful to him even when the Bolts are not performing at par and how he had not experienced that in any of the other cities he coached in.

He is a family man.  Norv was raised by a single mom and she had MS.  He plays in a charitable golf tournament for MS every year.  He and his wife have three children.  Norv, his wife and their youngest son, Drew, live in Del Mar. Drew is a senior at USD.  Stephanie, their only daughter, lives in LA, and works as an actress.  The oldest of the three, Scott, is the offensive quality control coach for the Carolina Panthers.

He likes Dachshunds.  He and his wife Nancy have two that they are very proud to own.

He played football.  Turner played quarterback and safety at Alhambra High School in Martinez. He earned a scholarship to the University of Oregon and won three varsity letters (1972-74) as a quarterback for the Ducks, spending two of his three seasons as the backup to former Charger and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts.

He drinks Pinot Grigio?  Ok, this might be his wife Nancy, but when Brad Perry of KUSI was in Turners home he did his fridge peek bit and there were quite a few opened bottles of white wine in there.  Also, Sriracha, kudos on that!

So, like him or not, January, 2013 is when his current contract is set to expire.  The odds of the Chargers making the playoffs this year is pretty slim.  The Broncos would have to unravel in a fashion that we have not seen in a Peyton Manning led team.  That being said, I expect Norv Turners tenure as San Diego Chargers head coach to end when the Chargers season ends.  Then he can just be another nice San Diegan.

Have a great day and Boltup!

ChargerGirl Cindi

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  • Ed Smith

    I thought his contract expires in 2014?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      He signed a three year extension on January 19th, 2010. It expires in 2013, I could not find the exact date on the expiration on Wiki or NFL.com.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        he is signed for next season and it would expire after the 2013 season… so probably january 2014 would be the last day of the contract, but we all know that it will end before that time. ha

        • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

          Thanks Ernie. I pinged Joel for the exact date.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      Got the 411 from the Chargers. His contract is through the 2013 season. http://www.chargers.com/news/article-1/Chargers-sign-Turner-through-2013/9bf914d1-8d05-4f2d-aab1-8b36b03258d1 – so, with playoffs 2014 would be a possibility.

  • http://twitter.com/PowderBlue619 Saul Lopez

    He’s gonna make a good offensive coordinator somewhere. Maybe he ends up in Dallas.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      Maybe. Or maybe just retire.

      • http://twitter.com/PowderBlue619 Saul Lopez

        true

  • http://www.facebook.com/Carrby4Father Kevin Carr

    Why do we continue to talk about Norv? It is clear that he is not a guy that can lead from the sideline…arm-chair quarterbacks can only do so much. The biggest problem the Chargers have is the guy actually playing quarterback. When will fans start addressing Rivers’ lack of good decision making, lack of leadership, lack of composure, and lack of killer instinct. It doesn’t matter who our coach is if Rivers can’t change his ways. I have gone back and forth regarding whether or not Rivers can or will ever maintain a level of consisteny necessary for the Chargers to win a championship. Of years past he would heat up for stretches of games at a time, but this year he can’t even put four quarters together. With consistent play from Rivers the Chargers would have one loss at most this season. Isn’t it time to start questioning his spot on our roster?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

      Absolutely. This was just my way of shining a different light on Norv. I wrote about Phillip on Monday. http://boltbeat.com/2012/11/12/what-is-wrong-with-philip-rivers/

    • http://twitter.com/PowderBlue619 Saul Lopez

      hahahahahahahahah. OMG u made me laugh. U are delirious my friend. True Rivers has messed up a lot but to insists that we’d be better off without him, your just crazy my friend.

    • disqus_0UvgsXwZH1

      This is way off base. There is not a quarterback in this league who could win behind the sieve they call an offensive line. Have you EVER seen Rivers have to run out of the pocket this many times in a season?

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