Embarrassing Overtime Loss to Ravens Must Spell End for Norv Turner in San Diego

Chris TrapassoAnalyst INovember 26, 2012

Nov 18 2012; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner on his sidelines during the third quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. The Broncos defeated the Chargers 30-23. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

"The Chargers dominated most of the first half then just wilted down the stretch. It was just yet another collapse that has become so typical under Norv Turner."

Those are the words of Bleacher Report's NFL editor Ryan Phillips, a long-time Chargers fan who's among the many who've grown weary of the recurring nightmare he's experienced seemingly every Sunday during football season with Turner at the helm in San Diego. 

When you're an NFL head coach and second half collapses, late-game clock mismanagement and crunch time implosions have become the expected norm—even by your fans—the end is near. 

Actually, the end should be right now. 

At 4-7, the Chargers are all but mathematically eliminated from the postseason for the third consecutive season and have failed to meet expectations once again in an excruciatingly painful way. 

The only victories have come against the Kansas City Chiefs (twice), the Oakland Raiders and the Tennessee Titans.

The losses? 


First, they were totally dominated by the Atlanta Falcons at home. Fine, the Falcons are an elite team.

Then, the nightmare began.

The New Orleans Saints came back from a 24-14 deficit to beat Turner's club on Sunday Night Football. 

The relinquished lead reminded fans of the Chargers' inability to finish games in the past and foreshadowed more to come. 

We all remember Peyton Manning's ridiculous charge from 24-0 down on Monday Night Football the following week.

Those two games exemplified Turner's tenure and ultimately defined the team's 2012 campaign. 

Then came a pitiful 7-6 loss to the hapless Cleveland Browns

After that, the Chargers held a halftime lead over the upstart Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but scored only three points in the second half en route to another defeat. 

The Broncos finished the season sweep in convincing fashion, but as if it was scripted, the Chargers should have beaten the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12, but fell apart in the fourth quarter. 

This stretch of mind-numbing defeats are not a freak aberration. They're a distinct reflection of Turner's incompetence and general ineptitude as a head coach.

The Chargers have plenty of talent on their current roster and an above-average quarterback under center. They shouldn't be this disappointing.

The crushing defeat at the hands of the Ravens and Ray Rice's infamous 4th-and-29 conversion should mark the end for Turner in San Diego.

Coaches have been fired for less, much less.