San Diego Chargers: Why Hasn't Norv Turner Been Fired Yet?

Gary Davenport@@IDPSharksNFL AnalystNovember 25, 2012

I must warn you, this article may be disturbing to some readers.

In this piece, I will attempt to peel back the layers of one of the National Football League's deepest mysteries, a conundrum so confounding that just thinking about it sends a shiver up one's spine.

And no, I'm not talking about what's in Andy Reid's mustache. Some things are just better left unexplained, you dig?

I'm talking about the curious case of San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner's, um, what's the word I'm looking for....


The San Diego Chargers' nightmare of a 2012 season kept screaming right along on Sunday, as the Bolts clearly outplayed the Baltimore Ravens for more than three quarters before once again digging deep and finding a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

You at least have to give Turner and the Chargers credit for outdoing themselves in allowing the Ravens to convert a 4th-and-29 as the game wound down, helping to set up the game-tying field goal.

There's soft, and then there's giving up 30 yards on a fourth-down screen pass.

The calls for Turner's dismissal were coming long before Sunday's debacle, but as Turner told Edward Lee of The Baltimore Sun, he wasn't concerned about his job security entering the game with the Ravens.

“I’ve been doing this a long time, and if you worry about rumors, then you’re going to really struggle,” he said during a conference call. “We have an outstanding staff. I think our staff has done a great job. We have guys who are pros. We have a system that we go by, and we have a plan every week. If you stick with that, I don’t think you can get caught up in things outside that are being said that really are out of your control.”

Mind you, the really terrifying part is that he probably believes most if not all of that.

He's right on at least one point, though. Turner has been doing this a long time, in spite of increasing evidence that he really shouldn't be. The Chargers' loss today dropped the team to 4-7, they're 12-15 since the beginning of last year and the team hasn't made the postseason since 2009.

And yet there Turner stands on the sidelines with that permanent air of detachment surrounding him, seemingly oblivious to the fact that the sky is sort of falling around him.

Maybe that detachment is contagious, and the whole organization has fallen asleep.

Maybe this loss, on top of the similar embarrassment earlier this season at home against the Denver Broncos, will finally be enough to rouse Alex Spanos from his slumber.

Norv Turner needs to be fired. Not at the end of the season. Today. A message has to be sent to the players, a line drawn in the sand that says inconsistent effort and lackluster performance won't cut it in San Diego.

I still can't understand why that message hasn't already been sent.