Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

Back on the grind again!!! We are back to work today, will Norv and AJ have jobs at the end of the day?

SAN DIEGO — For his final news conference of the season, San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner wore the Super Bowl ring he won as offensive coordinator of the 1992 Dallas Cowboys.

Turner denies it was a subliminal message to his current employer, which lost badly in its only Super Bowl appearance 17 years ago.

Despite president Dean Spanos’ comments about taking time to decide the fate of Turner and general manager A.J. Smith, Turner was asked if his very presence was a sign that he might retain his post.

The San Diego Chargers were one of the NFL’s biggest disappointments in 2011. After being talked about among the league’s elite teams before the season began, the team took its fans on an emotional roller coaster ride, finishing 2nd in the mediocre AFC West with an 8-8 record.

The Chargers’ Pro Bowl left guard is a mauler who plays with reckless abandon, a major reason why he’s considered among the best at his position. Nothing on the football field troubles him, but the experience following a concussion and the grand mal seizure he suffered on the plane back from a game at the New York Jets changed that.

SAN DIEGO — Greg Manusky has shouldered his share of blame for the Chargers’ defensive shortcomings in an 8-8 season that ended without a playoff berth.