3. Norv Turner - 56-40, three playoff appearances
Here is your shocker. You are probably surprised to see Norv Turner pop on this list before a certain someone, who ranks No. 2 on this list. We will dive into why that head coach ranks second in the ensuing page. Let's talk about why Turner comes in at No. 3.
By all accounts, Turner has a better resume and overall coaching statistics than the other guys on this list (besides No. 1). His .583 winning percentage is the second highest since 2000 and he actually has the most playoff appearances of any Chargers coach since 2000.
But that all comes with a catch. While Turner made the playoffs three years in a row to start his Chargers coaching career, he did so with a team that was not really his. Turner took over after the Bolts shockingly fired Marty Schottenheimer after going 14-2 and being a Marty McCree fumble away from probably making the Super Bowl.
Turner was taking over an already established great team. Any coach could have thrived in that situation and quite frankly, Turner arguably made the team worse. While the Bolts went 13-3 in his third season, the feeling at the time was that the Chargers had a Super Bowl-winning roster but did not have a Super Bowl-winning coach.
Put that same coach in 2021 to take over for Anthony Lynn and the results are probably disastrous. So while the numbers are better, the disappointment is also higher. Turner accomplished a decent amount with the Bolts but he should have accomplished so much more.