Seems like most of the writers in San Diego today are not big fans of the hire of new Chargers coach Norv Turner. Turner was hired Monday despite going 58-82-1 in nine years as a head coach in the NFL. One number that popped out in a column by T.J. Simers in the LA Times today was that Turner was 1-11 vs AFC West teams as coach of the Raiders. Simers column, entitled “Chargers Martyball is Replaced by Goofball” can be found at this address:
The column rips apart the Spanos family, or the Spanos “Goofs” as Simers refers to them as. He states that the team is now firmly in the grasp of GM A.J. Smith, and that the Chargers are headed for a downfall with this new direction of getting Turner, along with new defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell.
The San Diego Union-Tribune article on the coaching hire today by Jim Trotter states that Smith was the “primary culprit” in why Marty Schottenheimer was fired after going 35-13 over his last three years as Chargers coach, including 14-2 this past season. The article says that Smith would be considered “petty” for fighting with Schottenheimer over the past few seasons if the current coaching staff does not take the Chargers to the next level. The remainder of the article can be found here:
Then of course there is the fan base in San Diego, who for some are defending the moves:
“I don’t get it a lot of journalists, sportswriters and columnists are very negative on hiring these coaches. I just don’t see why these moves made by Spanos and AJ are bad . They chose to hire coaches whom are familiair with the playbook on both sides off the ball, hell Turner invented the offence we run right now and cottrell has a history with Wade, so I honestly think these guys fit in perfectly. And add Rivera as LB coach you are loaded with experience and talent on the coaching staff. So I’m suspecting that a few of these socalled journalists and columnists are doing the bash San Diego thing again. The good thing is that we can prove’em wrong again next year.”
….And some that are not liking the move….
“REASONS TO LIKE NORV
1) I won’t get high blood pressure anticipating the playoffs.
2) I won’t have to pay for playoff tickets.
3) Desert season will start sooner.
4) After all the band wagoneers get off there will be shorter lines in the bathrooms during home games.
5) More chance at the first pick in the draft.
6) No more pain form losing in the playoffs.
7) Chargers gear will be in less demand and cheaper to buy.
Thats all the positives I can think of.”
Through it all, it appears that Smith’s head is on the line with the hiring of Turner and the remaning staff. The writers hate it, the fans are mixed, and the results are going to come fast once the 2007 season gets underway.