San Diego, CA—Norv Turner already has my vote for Coach of the Year, and we just finished Week Four.
Think that sounds crazy? Hold your judgment, and allow me to explain.
First of all, Norv Turner is obviously a mad genius at his very best.
Yes, the Chargers may be 1-3...and yes, they did just get demolished by arguably the second worst team in the NFL—the mighty, Kansas City Chiefs...and yes, they made WR Dwayne Bowe, former LSU standout and current Chief rookie, look like Jerry Rice on Sunday...
But it's okay. Coach Turner has his team exactly where he wants them.
He obviously has a two-year plan.
Turner watched the Patriots the first two weekends of the season and said to himself: "Norv, there's no chance in heck that we can beat the Patriots this season. They are simply a snapshot of perfection. So, how should we approach this."
After Norv finished talking to himself, a lightbulb suddenly came on.
Norv's two-year plan:
1. His plan begins with a startling 1-15 campaign in 2007.
Norv admits that this plan has some drawbacks: lose a vibrant fan base, cripple morale and chemistry in the locker room, and shatter the confidence of young QB Philip Rivers.
But look on the bright side: The Chargers will get the No. 1 pick in the 2008 NFL draft, which by the looks of things they could use to select LSU DT Glenn Dorsey, a great player who would bolster the Bolts' defense immediately. Thus, the Chargers can come back even stronger in 2008, and Dorsey can apply more pressure to Tom Brady in the AFC title game.
2. Win the 2009 Super Bowl.
Skipping ahead to the culmination of Norv's brilliant plan, I can already see him on the podium, live on FOX after the Chargers blow out some hapless NFC squad, when Norv will look square into the camera and say: "I really am brilliant. Not only do we have a Super Bowl ring, but I also snagged the No. 1 pick in last's years draft. Who's laughing now? Hahahaha."
3. Get his team to play harder.
Norv simply feels the Chargers aren't giving their all, and that losing numerous games to inferior teams and watching their two star players yell at each other on the sideline might motivate them to play harder.
He might be thinking, "I have the worst coach in NFL history, and we're losing to the Vikings 49-3, but at least I was MVP that one year."
Furthermore, you cannot overlook the importance of the impending trade deadline. With a 1-4 start, maybe Coach Turner feels his players will give more effort if they might be traded in a few weeks.
What a brilliant guy!
The Chargers aren't looking good and will probably miss the playoffs this season—but Norv will be the first to tell you that it's okay!
"Just wait until next season", he will explain. "We will be loaded."
And Norv, we agree. I mean, it is difficult to walk into the situation that was gift-wrapped to you (14-2 record, everyone back on offense and defense, league MVP, defensive prowess).
Only a coach like Norv Turner could do the job he is doing this season. Go Chargers!