There has been and is still controversy since the San Diego Chargers hired Norv Turner. There's even a website that wants Norv Turner fired. Sure, he is no Vince Lombardi, but he's close to a snubbed coach that belongs to the Hall of Fame. But if there's any other coach I want to pick as my head coach, it would be Norv Turner, even better than Bill Belichick.
This slideshow should tell you why it was a great idea to have kept Norv Turner here for another three years. If you have a legitimate reason why you think you or your high school or college coach is better, here are my five main reasons that I can think of from right off the bat.
You know, the REAL West Coast Offense. The Coryell Offense is really called the West Coast Offense. The 49ers offense back in the '80s was really called "The Walsh Offense" or Cincinnati Offense. Sure you can say, "Well, the 49ers deserve that name because they won five Super bowls," but because of a misinformed article, everyone thinks it's that offense. It's not, and you're closed-minded if you still think that.
The West Coast Offense performs at a Pro Formation, using two wide-outs, one tight-end, one running back, and one full back. The offense is suppose to be balanced by using intermediate and deep passes that complements the power running game. The West Coast Offense revolves around the power running game, not the deep passing game. Nobody runs that better in this league than Norv Turner, even better than Mike Martz. It's more quarterback friendly than the other west coast offenses such as Martz's Greatest Show on Turf.
Does anyone remember who originally brought the West Coast Offense? A coach named Sid Gillman and his apprentice Don Coryell. It originated in a small Division II College in Western Mississippi State, I assume. Anyone who watched the Chargers played 25-to-35 years ago remembers that the offense was God-like. How about Dan Fouts throwing 4,800 yards in 16 games without strict rules for defenses like today? Watch some highlights of the glory days if you want to see the REAL West Coast Offense.
Oh, by the way, does anyone notice that we changed our uniforms since Norv Turner came here? Franchise income has skyrocketedm as well as advertising, and the uniforms are nice too. They're better than the uniforms Schottenheimer had back then. But that's history now, and how about the 1970s throwback uniforms?
He has accomplished so much, even when critics doubted him. I never, ever once heard him say, "I told you so." He's quiet, but when he speaks, everyone listens to him and respects what he says. You guys liked Ladainian Tomlinson's humbleness after he lost in the 2006 season. Norv Turner rarely losses his cool, and he plays one of the most stressful jobs in the world. You can tell by looking at his face.
If that doesn't convince you, would you like to have a controversial coach such as Rex Ryan, a professional coach that told younger Miami Dolphin fans to f**k off and gave them the bird? How about Lane Kiffin? How much do people point fingers at him when he's accused of controversies without facts or proof?
Does anyone remember the dynasty 20 years ago? The 1992-1993 and 1995 Dallas Cowboys? The very one that made it to three Super bowls in four years? It was when Norv Turner was the offensive coordinator at that time. The offense was known as the Triplets, but not many people know Norv Turner even has a Superbowl ring. Yes, he has three, but not one yet that represents San Diego.
The offense had Hall of Famers such as Troy Aikman, Micheal Irvin, Leonard Davis, and Emmitt Smith. Leonard Davis and Emmitt Smith may not be in the Hall of Fame, but Leonard Davis is widely known as the strongest football player ever. Emmit Smith has also broken the all-time rushing yards and all-time rushing touchdowns, and he is second of all-time in touchdowns behind Jerry Rice.
Remember why Marty Schottenheimer was fired. It wasn't just the horrendous performance against the Patriots with the best NFL record of 14-2 in 2006. AJ Smith and Marty Schottenheimer have never gotten along. They never or rarely discussed things about the team without a fight. That's a bad thing that the scout general manager that drafts guys for the head coach.
They mix as well as oil and water. Don't get me wrong. Schottenheimer was a great coach, but he is just under-appreciated because he never won or reached a Super Bowl. He brought San Diego back from the dust, as well as Kansas City and Cleveland. And AJ Smith is one of the greatest General Managers of all-time, who contributed with the Buffalo Bills to four straight Super bowls.
Norv Turner has Super Bowl coaching experience, while AJ Smith has experience drafting Super Bowl players, and they get along dandy. They probably go bowling together every Sunday. Sounds better than any other coach and general manager relationship I know of. Why would you not want to have a good management relationship? You're going to work with them for years with the job you love.
If you know the history of San Diego or have witnessed it, then I salute you, I really do, because you represent San Diego and yet haven't gone to a Superbowl yet. I admire your patience and support. Now let's go back three-years-ago. Remember when the Chargers beat the Tennessee Titans in the playoffs in 2008? First Playoff win in a long, long time. Twelve years is a decade and two years. Heck, I think a year is a really long time when you think of it, but multiply that by 12. That's insane.
There are other teams that have it worse too, which I'm thankful for, while others have it better as well. Some have even done it in illegal ways to acquire wins in the league, but not us. Our team is pretty magical but bittersweet at the same time, which is why I love this team.