Norv Blames AJ. AJ Mans Up. Takes Blame

December 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner speaks during the post game press conference after a win against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

I don’t want to say any names, but his initials are AJ. That’s basically the approach that Norv Turner took on his final press conference as a San Diego Charger.

Here are a couple of quotes from the former head man:

“Someone wrote a few weeks ago that this team is not that far away from the playoffs,” Turner said. “I would disagree. I know the things that would have to get done for that to happen. If this team comes next year and they get some things done to help them get better and are able to make the playoffs, I would hope it would be a surprise to all the Chargers fans, and they would be excited about it.”

“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 to get back this thing back to where it was.”

“We’ve had too many changes,” he said. “We’ve lost too many people.”

“Every team thinks they have the best team,” Turner concluded. “I think the lesson I know, and I’ve known it for a long time: evaluate your own players; keep your best players. Evaluate your own players and understand who can and who can’t.”

If those aren’t fingers pointed right at AJ, then I don’t know what fingers look like!

What is he saying about the players in that locker room also? It sounds like he is saying that there is not enough talent on that team and they should be surprised to do anything next year! Those are the players that stood up for him and now he says they aren’t good enough. This was everyone’s favorite coach!

Think about this, in your work life, who was your favorite boss? Who was the boss that got you to work the hardest? In most cases, those are not the same person and there is a reason for that.

What did AJ say after he was fired? He took all the blame for everything. Here are quotes from him:

“When you win, you do things right. When you lose, you do things wrong,” Smith told UT-San Diego’s Kevin Acee in an entertaining Q&A. “Whatever we were all doing — front office, coaches, players — was not good enough. A new era in Chargers history is underway because of it — as it should be. Ultimately, it’s all my responsibility to make it happen.

In the end, AJ stood up and took all the blame like a boss is supposed to do and Norv said that his boss sucked and that’s why he was unable to get the job done. The people that were to blame are both on the streets now — as it should be! The new era shall begin shortly!

Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • RussinSactown

    When he was drawing a paycheck, everything was OK. Norv, quit being a tool.

  • 1961 Fan

    Norv should have said all this at the end of the fourth season, and he should have said it to Deam Spanos. If you do not speak up, then you are just an enabler. Schottenheimer would not listen to A. J. because he knew that Smith was an incompetent ass. I hope Dean learns from this “hands off” approach to managing the team. We can all hope, but this team and the one that takes the field in August is two to three seasons away from playoff contention. It will now depend on a strong GM and a coach that can fully utilize the talent on the field. * I think I just said everything that Marty was when he was here.
    Pops

  • http://www.signonsandiego.com/ Ambitoos

    Turners loyalty to AJ probably cost him his job. I just wonder if our next GM would consider hiring Norv Turner sinse everybody says he’s the best Offensive coordinator.

  • Guest

    Leadership is being able to speak up when you seeing things going in the wrong direction.

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