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Norv Turner: Coach Finally Shows Proper Emotion Toward Chargers' Unfocused Play

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Head Coach Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs   on November 1, 2012 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 12, 2012

It's not always obvious, but Norv Turner does want to win.

The normally stoic coach made sure a reporter was clear on that perspective in the press conference following the San Diego Chargers' 34-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Say what you will about Turner, but it's about time. The Chargers are a running joke, always talented but always failing when it matters most. Watching him stand there with a straight face while Philip Rivers and Co. toss away game after game is sad, and it's due time that Turner shows some necessary emotions.

San Diego, or rather Rivers, gave away Sunday's game. No head coach should be happy about that. That doesn't necessarily mean he must lash out at reporters, but you have to do what you have to do. If it takes embarrassing your team, it's time.

The Chargers need a lift. Actually, they've needed one for years, but losing four of your last five games will get you there as well. Turner, finally, provided a potential emotional boost for his team, even if it was a bit misdirected.

Turner was lucky to have his job last year, let alone this season. His team has been synonymous with words like "choke" and "underachiever," and that's not something you want attached to you under any circumstance. It's an unavoidable tag at this point, though, but small steps will at least show the rest of the football world that he cares.

Obviously Turner wants to win, but the Chargers' play should inspire all sorts of rantings and ravings. It's one thing to be defeated, but constantly getting in your own way has to be hard to stomach. At a certain point enough has to be enough, and Turner finally showed that on Sunday.

Sunday's postgame outburst shouldn't save his job, and it probably won't turn San Diego into a playoff team, but it does beg one question. Where has this been?

Turner has to know that his job has been on the line, and he needed to react like this much sooner.

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