Missing the playoffs for the second year in a row is not going to cut it in San Diego. According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune, Chargers coach Norv Turner will be fired after Sunday's game in Oakland.
Turner made the playoffs in 2007, 2008 and 2009, but missed them in 2010. Their loss to the Lions in Week 16 eliminated them from the playoffs in 2011.
If this news really surprises you, you are either fiercely loyal toward Turner, or haven't been paying a lot of attention to the NFL.
The Chargers were lucky to make the playoffs in 2008, relying on a Broncos collapse. The following year, they were 13-3, but the Jets defeated at home in the playoffs. The 2010 season was unacceptable, as they couldn't get on track until Week 8. The hole they dug was too great.
This year has been even worse. Philip Rivers has thrown too many interceptions and the defense is not reliable. More than that, this team is too talented to be 7-8 heading into the last game of the season.
The AFC West is not exactly a loaded division. At best, it's going to be won with a 9-7 record. There's no excuse for the Chargers to not be atop the division, let alone already eliminated.
Turner's value is as a coordinator. His record of 106-113-1 speaks to that. While is 48-31 record in San Diego is certainly good, it hasn't come with any meaningful success, and it's only gotten worse through time.
In 2007, they made the AFC Championship Game. In 2008, they won on Wild Card weekend, and then lost the next week. The following year, they earned a bye week, but lost their first game. They haven't made the playoffs since.
That's a pattern that's too much to ignore. When the team gets progressively worse, they need to make a change at the top.