San Diego Chargers: Did Norv Turner Save His Job on Thursday Night Football?

Thomas GaliciaFeatured Columnist IVNovember 1, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 15:  San Diego Chargers Norv Turner looks on against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on October 15, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Times told ProFootballTalk  that if the San Diego Chargers were to lose to the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football, Norv Turner would find himself out of a job on Friday morning.

Whether this report was true or not, Turner can at least rest a little bit easier knowing that he won't be fired, for now, as the Chargers were able to get a victory over the Chiefs by the score of 31-13.

So this means that Norv Turner has saved his job, right?

Not so fast. It's best to remember that the Chargers did just beat the Kansas City Chiefs, a team that still has yet to take the lead during regulation.

Turner, general manager A.J. Smith and the rest of the Chargers know that it's the playoffs or bust. At 4-4, they're only a half-game back of Denver for first place in the AFC West with one game left between the two teams. A Denver loss on Sunday to Cincinnati actually would move the Chargers into first place.

But it would take a lot of hope for the Chargers to save their season. After this week, they have three more trips out east for the season, traveling to Tampa Bay in Week 10, Pittsburgh in Week 14 and then they have to face the Jets in New York in Week 16.

But before those trips east to face the Steelers and Jets, and after their trip to Tampa, they get the Denver Broncos in Denver come Week 11. A loss there would give Denver the first (and most important) divisional tie-breaker, meaning San Diego will likely have to either hope for a Broncos collapse or to burst through a crowded wild-card race in the AFC.

But looking at the schedule, San Diego won't see the postseason this year.

The Chargers are a team in need of a full house cleaning. Norv is a problem with the team, but he's only the tip of the iceberg. With the way the team has underachieved in the last six years, it would only make sense not only for Turner to go, but also general manager A.J. Smith.

The coaching job, along with the general manager job, will be two of the most sought after jobs in the NFL. While Phillip Rivers has struggled this season, he is still a franchise quarterback and a cornerstone to the franchise. Even if the new regime decides to go in another direction, there wouldn't be a shortage of takers for Rivers if he's placed on the trading block.

The attractiveness of the job and the pieces already in place in San Diego should actually heat up the hot seat that Norv Turner (and A.J. Smith) are sitting on.

Did a win against Kansas City save Turner's job? Not unless this is the start of a run to the playoffs.

But it did save his job for the time being, which does count for something.