Why Norv Turner Should Remain on Hot Seat Despite Thursday Night Win

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Why Norv Turner Should Remain on Hot Seat Despite Thursday Night Win
Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

Norv Turner's hot seat didn't cool off any with a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday.

If anything, the win bought the veteran head coach some time to prepare better for the next game. Although winning gave the San Diego Chargers a season sweep of Kansas City, much more proving still remains in Southern California.

After all, San Diego is still only 4-4 and the Bolts have not made the postseason since 2009. Turner's postseason record is also .500, not to mention only one AFC Championship game appearance has occurred (2007) and the Chargers bowed out in the Division Round after going 13-3 in '09.

Sporting a 17-15 record between 2010 and 2011, 2012 has not offered up much hope for Bolts fans. 

 

Chiefs Were an Expected Victory

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San Diego had already defeated K.C. at Arrowhead Stadium, so a home win was expected to happen without question. Fortunately it did, because one can only imagine the upheaval of criticism had the Chargers fell to the lowly Chiefs after a road loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Plus, Kansas City entered the game with an abysmal 1-6 record and minus-18 in the turnover margin. So, the Bolts controlling this contest throughout was bound to occur simply because all the Chiefs know how to do is give up the rock: Which they did, four times.

And had it not been for a Jamaal Charles' 91-yard touchdown run against the New Orleans Saints in Week 3, K.C. would be sitting at 0-8. On the bright side, San Diego can gain some much needed confidence from this victory.

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Critics aside, losing at home to K.C. would have been beyond demoralizing for San Diego's in-house confidence regardless of Turner being on the hot seat.


Offense Still Lacking Dominant Consistency

Philip Rivers had an opportunity to put his team up by two scores going into halftime vs. Kansas City. But instead of throwing the ball away or even taking a sack, he threw up an interception and cost San Diego at least three points.

That play alone can describe San Diego in a nutshell, because the drive up to that point was executed to a T. For the game, Kansas City even recorded more first downs, had fewer penalties and won the time of possession battle despite losing the turnover margin by two.

Now yes, the two defensive touchdowns by San Diego play a major factor into that.

Still, Kansas City's defense did a solid job overall. For as pinpoint as Rivers was marking the ball when throwing, the Chiefs held the Bolts to going 4-of-9 on third down and San Diego was only winning 10-6 after three quarters.

Revert back to the Browns game and dropped passes and turnovers remain a problem. Otherwise, San Diego doesn't lose to Cleveland, blow a lead versus the Denver Broncos or get upset by the Saints.


Remaining Schedule Outlook Versus Wins

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Despite sitting at 4-4 the Chargers wins have all come against teams currently with a losing record. In addition, all four—or three because of K.C. twice—teams combine for a record of 7-16. On the flip side the Bolts have two key losses to Denver and the Atlanta Falcons: both with winning records.

In short, the first half schedule has not been overly difficult and surely a .500 record at this stage is disappointing. Ahead, San Diego's non-divisional games consist of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and New York Jets.

Only the Panthers and Jets right now appear to be the easiest of contests, because neither play consistent defense and have turnover issues. Elsewhere, though, San Diego has plenty of marquee win opportunities with the rest of the AFC North and Tampa Bay.

Include the two divisional games at Denver and home vs. the Oakland Raiders; however, and this second half is extremely difficult compared to the first. Six of the eight are legitimate postseason contenders and if Turner doesn't get San Diego clicking on all cylinders soon, 2012 will be one frustrating finish.

 

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