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Norv Turner was once successful as the offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys under Jimmy Johnson. After the ‘Boys won back-to-back Super Bowls, much of the credit was attributed to Turner, including the development of one particular young quarterback by the name of Troy Aikman. To this day, Aikman is a staunch Turner supporter.
Armed with this pedigree, Turner was offered the Washington Redskins head coaching job in 1994 where he remained for six years. In that time, he amassed an unimpressive 49-59-1 record with one divisional championship in 1999. In that year, Turner won his first ever playoff game, then promptly lost his first ever playoff game
After a few years with the Chargers and Miami Dolphins as an offensive coordinator, Turner got his second chance as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. That was short lived as Norv went 9-23 over two seasons.
With an overall record of 58-82-1, the Chargers made Norv their head coach in 2007.
While it’s true that Turner has a winning record with the Chargers (41-23), it must also be noted that he inherited a team that had the best record in the NFL the prior year (14-2) and the league's MVP in LaDainian Tomlinson. If you consider the number of wins that the Chargers have had in each of Turner’s four seasons as head coach, you can make the case that he has a losing record with the Bolts as well.
In his first year, the team went 11-5, three games worse than the prior season. The next year they were three games worse again at 8-8. That’s minus-six so far in two years.
Then, in his third year, the Chargers rebounded with 13 wins, five better than the previous season and a minus-one overall. Finally, last year was a down season again as the Chargers went 9-7, or four games worse for a minus-five overall.
Some might credit Turner with San Diego’s successful record under Norv, but the way I see it, he inherited an elite team and drove them to mediocrity. My mother, your mother or Mr. Ed could have done as well.
Even with the great record he has posted with the Chargers, Turner still has an overall losing record that currently stands at 99-105-1.