Norv Turner Returns: What This Means for the San Diego Chargers Franchise

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Norv Turner Returns: What This Means for the San Diego Chargers Franchise
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This afternoon, San Diego Chargers fans heard something that they thought they would never hear again: Norv Turner is returning as the head coach of the Chargers next season.

Not only did Chargers owner Dean Spanos decide to bring back the beleaguered head coach, but he retained the cantankerous and combative general manager A.J. Smith as well.

What is Spanos' reason for keeping Turner and Smith in San Diego? The players are big fans of Turner's coaching style.

Exactly what kind of coaching style is that? It appears to be a coaching style which allows players to step on the field every Sunday both undisciplined and unprepared.

Despite Turner's obvious failure as a head coach in the NFL, star quarterback Philip Rivers led the charge among the players who believed that Turner should remain the head coach of the Chargers.

The laundry list of reasons as to why Turner should not be the Chargers' coach has been restated every single time he has shown his ineptness. The statement that Turner is unfit to be the Chargers' coach has been confirmed with solid evidence time after time.

Turner's ability to maintain his position as Chargers head coach will continue to perplex talking heads across the country and Chargers fans alike. 

Spanos' decision not only reveals that he accepts mediocrity—it also shows that he will wilt under the pressure of his team's players.

Perhaps it would have been better if the Chargers had lost to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Although allowing the Raiders to make the playoffs may sound blasphemous to Chargers fans, the positive is that Turner likely would have been fired if he finished the season by laying an egg and registering a 7-9 record.

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Instead, Chargers fans must be subjected to another year of Turner and Smith. 

Expect Chargers fans to speak with their pocketbooks early in the 2012 season.

The Chargers already have a difficult time selling all of the tickets to their home games, which is exhibited by their two television blackouts during the 2011 season.

Spanos' decision to retain Turner and Smith will only give fans more reason to stay home on Sundays instead of paying the exorbitant price to attend games at Qualcomm Stadium. The excitement among Chargers fans entering the 2012 season will likely be at its lowest since the team went 4-12 in the 2003 season.

As the season begins, the lack of interest among the Chargers' fans will only be exacerbated due to the uptick in television blackouts that will no doubt occur in San Diego.

The most unsettling part of the whole coaching fiasco in San Diego is that the window of opportunity for the Chargers to win a Super Bowl seems to have closed.

When Marty Schottenheimer coached the Chargers, the team was full of disciplined and talented players.

Smith's poor decisions in recent years have turned a previously talent-rich roster into a borderline playoff team led by an aloof head coach, who clearly has no business being anything more than an offensive coordinator in the NFL.

The Chargers have a chance to win the AFC West next year due to the division being full of mediocre teams.

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A.J. Smith

However, the Super Bowl title that Chargers fans dreamed of in recent years no longer appears to be on the horizon due to the highly destructive duo of Turner and Smith. 

After today's news, it's clear that Turner and Smith aren't the only ones in San Diego who are unfit to be in their position. Both Spanos and the players have proven that they are unqualified when it comes to making decisions.

Spanos and the players who support Turner have made their bed and they will have to lay in it while they listen to the endless criticism that will rain down from Chargers fans throughout the long and depressing offseason in San Diego.

Michael Walkusky is a featured columnist on Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter

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