You had to figure that along the way the San Diego Chargers were going to have to turn to offense when it came to hiring their next head coach, and that is why word is leaking today that the team is going to hire Norv Turner as their next head skipper. Interesting that Turner was just the bridesmaid in the race to become the Cowboys coach, but now he is the bride as he is going to take over a team that was a quarter away from the AFC Title game and won 14 games last season. It’s also a team with the NFL MVP, and a team with a solid mix of offense and defense that can be as good as any other in the league.
Turner was 59-83-1 as head coach of the Redskins (94-2000) and Raiders (2004-2005). He is also the coach that is hailed as being the mind behind the change for 49’ers quarterback Alex Smith, who he coached heavily this past season as the offensive coorindator for the 49’ers. The one thing that Turner had going for him was he was the only coach with any real offensive experience. The other five coaches were all heavy on the defensive side, giving Turner the advantage when it came to being able to continue the offensive output that the Chargers had last season.
Another change that will be coming for the Chargers is that of defensive coordinator, and today ESPN is reporting that longtime league assistant coach Ted Cottrell, who has coached heavily on the 3-4 defense side, will interview to be the new Chargers defensive coordinator. Cottrell would take over for Wade Phillips, who split the team to take the head job with the Cowboys.
Overall Turner was a hire that made the most sense for the Chargers, and now with days looming towards free agency, they can start to get ready to see what holes they need to fill and Turner can get a staff ready to go for the 2007 season.