For Once, Norv Turner Has It Right: The Chargers Aren't As Good As We Think

Mike KranzlerContributor ISeptember 22, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Norv Turner, head coach  of the San Diego Chargers walks the sidelines in the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills  on October 19, 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 23-14. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

After a game that saw some curious decisions that possibly cost the San Diego Chargers a victory, head coach Norv Turner did little to ease the concerns of a disappointed fanbase.

What he did do is vocalize what many people may have been thinking after the first two weeks of the season.

“After two games I don't think right now we're as good as you that cover us think or expect us to be,” he said to the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I don't think we're as good as what our fans want us to be."

For several years now, the Chargers have been a chic pick to win the Super Bowl due to the fact that, on paper, they have arguably the most talented roster in the NFL.

But games are not played on paper.

This team has come close a few times but does not seem capable of getting itself over that hump to become a truly elite team.

Additionally, once injuries are factored in, the Chargers once again do not seem to have a shot at living up to the lofty expectations of the media, fans, and even the players themselves.

Several Chargers players said in the offseason that they were trying to ignore what the media said about them, but it is hard to believe they did not enter training camp with their own lofty expectations; their early games have demonstrated that they have bought into their own hype.

Time will tell whether this team is able to rebound like they did in 2007 and 2008, but right now it is clear that their fans are getting restless.

San Diegans are notorious for being fair-weather fans, and the Chargers may find this out for themselves if their play on the field continues to slip. As expectations dwindle with each game, the fans at Qualcomm Stadium may struggle to provide the kind of gameday environment that has been so instrumental in their 20-5 home record since the start of the 2006 season.

Norv Turner has done little to gain the trust of Chargers fans since he was hired in 2007, but in this instance he hit it right on the nose: The San Diego Chargers are not as good as everyone thought.