July 24, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith walks across the field during training camp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The End Of An Error?

Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner walks off the field after game against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports


The time has come to act, and act fast….. Norv and A.J. are leaving.

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit how extremely upset I was at the initial announcement that Norv Turner was to be hired as head coach of the San Diego Chargers. 

My ire was not solely based on the firing of Marty Schottenheimer.  To fire a 14-2 head coach takes “guts.”  Or stupidity.  Depends on how you look at it.

I had serious reservations about bringing in a head coach that had a resume full of losing. 

I’m not talking about the times in which he “earned” the moniker Offensive Genius while manning the offensive coordinator position with the Cowboys. 

With all due respect to Norval, my son would have been able to call plays with those Dallas teams.  Describing them as loaded at 90% of their positions is an extreme understatement.

All of that being said, I have over-extended myself in the defense of Mr. Turner.  I have gone above and beyond in an effort to support him.  I have spent many hours attempting to justify his job as head coach of the team that I love so dearly.

Well, it looks as though I will no longer have to lie to myself or the rest of the Charger fanbase. 

Any day now, Norv will indeed be fired.  He has proven that he is completely incapable of taking this team to the promised land. 

In saying that, Norv has had to work with the pieces that A.J. Smith’s ego has afforded him.  Smith has not exactly given Turner the needed draft picks, nor free agents, that are needed to forge towards the trophy that is rumored to have a gleam.

To begin to speak on the players that have been allowed/forced to leave would be redundant.  We’ve all been singing that tune for quite some time. 

This was a joint effort.  Both Turner and Smith are responsible for the saddening decline of our San Diego Chargers.  No longer are the days of being three deep at a decent amount of positions. 

We have traded in the winning horse for the cheaper one that has potential and a good attitude. 

Potential is a word that gets general managers and head coaches fired quicker than you can say Buster Davis.  Quicker than you can say run it on first and second down and then throw it on third.  

That last run-on sentence was intentional.

The run of both Smith and Turner has managed to remain a humongous thorn in the side of the Bolts.  Many have been calling for their heads for at least a couple of years. 

Whether Smith would have been successful with a different coach is a moot point.  He hand picked Norv. 

To speculate whether or not Turner would have been more successful with a different general manager is futile.

Why?  Because the clock is quickly ticking.  Counting down until the moment that many fans have been crying for at length.

Norv Turner and A.J. Smith will be fired.  The only question is when. 

People, like myself, will no longer have to try and justify their presence on this team.  And for that, I am thankful. 

Good luck to both of them as they embark on the adventure of finding employment. 

In an economy such as ours, it’s extremely difficult to hope for anyone to lose their jobs.  In the cases of both Norv Turner and A.J. Smith, they’ll still be collecting large paychecks beyond their firings.

The era of Turner and Smith is about to come to an end.  It has now become clear that these are the first steps in ensuring that the Chargers can fight their way back to the top of the AFC West title and beyond.  That guy at quarterback for Denver might have something to say about that.  But I’ll be more than happy to entertain the thought that changes at both positions are exactly what the doctor ordered. 

Yeah, I might be hoping that our doctor is re-evaluated and looking for work elsewhere also.

But that is a story for the offseason.

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Tags: A.J. Smith Chargers Norv Turner

  • Jake

    thank you to norv for a final kick in the testicles by winning yet another meaningless game and dropping our draft position.

  • cubillas

    Phillip rivers has been regresing, and it has been shown in the int and loss column. I know the offensive line isn´t perfect, but that is something rivers must cope with for the time being, because his playing has been really unremarkable. Hope he works on his game on the offseason. Excusing his horrible passes on poor protection, while reasonable, will loose it´s acceptance when another 20 int season comes about.

  • DougM

    It appears you want to gloss over the players allowed to leave, but I have to respectfully disagree with you on that point. AJ is responsible for not signing the right free agents at times and for some poor draft picks, but on the players-who-were-Chargers front, I’m not sure what else you’re looking for.

    Drew Brees: wasn’t all that great with the Bolts, good, but not great. Rivers had more potential and Brees got hurt. No problem with that choice. Brees recovered and has a perfect offense for him. Put him behind our current OL and he’d be useless.

    Michael Turner: It was LT or Michael Turner, not both. Fans would have burned down Qualcomm if LT was let go then.

    LT: yes, he was the best RB the Chargers probably ever had, but as a GM you always want to let go of a guy BEFORE he runs out of gas. LT only had one more decent year. Again, no problem with that choice.

    Sproles: I’ll ruffle some feathers by saying this, but dude quit on the Chargers after signing his franchise contract. Just because he’s a great fit with the Saints didn’t mean the Chargers needed to keep a disgruntled, highly paid RB on board.

    VJax: Excellent receiver, but NO WAY worth the amount of money he’s making each year. He’s not Megatron or Fitzgerald or Julio Jones or Roddy White. The Chargers couldn’t waste that money.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Interesting remark on Sproles. I remember when he left, I was fine because it seemed that Norv could not use him properly. He didn’t seem to have that burst in his last year for sure. But then he started killing it again