As the dust settled on yet another implosion by the San Diego Chargers late Sunday afternoon, one could not help but wonder if that defeat would be the one that should stand out among all others during Norv Turner’s time as head coach in America’s Finest City.
No, the chances of Turner being axed before the end of the season were not increased with the 16-13 overtime loss to Baltimore.
They were, however, increased that Turner would not be head coach of the Chargers come January when other teams are in the playoffs; the Bolts sitting home for the third straight year.
While many Charger fans cried out in anger and frustration that Turner and general manager AJ Smith were brought back to begin with for the 2012 season, others were willing to give the former one more chance to turn things around.
If you stopped to think about it, Turner had presided over three AFC West crowns and one appearance in the AFC Championship game (lost to New England) heading into this season. For some coaches, that is a career right there.
That being said, many Charger fans have grown accustom to their beloved Bolts coming up just short each and every year, be it in the regular season run to a division crown or in the playoff themselves.
So, with the hot seat getting all the more hotter for Turner and perhaps Smith too, who would you like to see replace the former if in fact he is let go?
Among the rumored names out there that may be looked at:
A. Jon Gruden
B. Chip Kelly (45-7 at Oregon)
C. Bill Cowher
D. Andy Reid
E. Bill O’Brien (8-4 at Penn State)
In breaking down that list of five, Gruden and Cowher would almost command the top dollar, plus want as much power as possible in calling the shots on player personnel and other such matters.
Kelly and O’Brien are much respected, not to mentioned paid very well, at their respective universities. For either of them to leave, there would have to be some degree of security as far as a long-term deal.
Lastly, Reid leaving Philadelphia is all but a forgone conclusion.
Would the Chargers or any of a number of other teams likely to make coaching changes in the off-season gamble on him.
While Reid has had a great run in Philadelphia (one Super Bowl appearance, five NFC Championship games), the writing is all but on the wall that he and quarterback Michael Vick will not be eating cheesesteaks in South Philly come next season. Could a fresh change of scenery be inviting to Reid if the Chargers came calling?
In looking at the big picture, Norv Turner has not done a bad job here in San Diego during his tenure as head coach.
Yes, the Bolts have not always appeared ready to play, something that falls directly on the head coach.
Then again, some of their draft choices and other player personnel moves during Turner’s time here have been less than stellar, something that ultimately falls on management.
If Turner is sent packing following this regular season, who should be walking the sidelines for the Bolts in 2013?