An example of what Norv Turner brings to the Chargers.
Are there any Chargers fans left at all that don’t feel this way?
Having Norv Turner walking the sidelines for your team is akin to fielding a roster of amputees. Turner’s idiocy handicaps every player on the Chargers’ squad before they even dress for the game.
In fact, using the analogy that Tuner’s influence equates to a team full of one-armed or one-legged players is an insult to amputees everywhere as I am sure that any of them could do a better job coaching the Chargers.
The number of moronic blunders that Turner made against the Patriots is fodder enough to complete a thesis on the mentally disabled. I, however, will reserve my ire for just two.
Early in the game, when the outcome was still in doubt, the Chargers drove to the Patriots goal line. Faced with a fourth down inside the 1-yard line, Turner decided to go for the touchdown instead of kicking the field goal.
I give credit where credit is due and the decision to keep newly acquired place kicker Nick Novak on the sidelines was a good one. After all, when it comes to beating the Patriots in their house, you have to take your chances when they arise.
In a move of sheer stupidity, however, Tuner had his team line up in the power “I” formation showing that they were about to run with Mike Tolbert, then had Rivers hand him the ball at the 6-yard line. With about 18 inches needed to score, Turner chose instead to have Tolbert try to pick up 18 feet.
The “great offensive mind” couldn’t have chosen a more obvious and easily defendable play had he taped his playbook to the wall and thrown a dart at it. The numb-skull decides to make an aggressive move and then picks the most conservative play in his arsenal to execute it.
An inside handoff, a play-action fake to Tolbert with a rollout or even a quick slant would have at least had a chance for success. Turner couldn't show run and then pass just like he couldn't show pass and then run even though those types of plays had worked for him everywhere else on the field. Instead he let the Patriots know exactly what was coming and they easily stuffed the play for a loss.
Right at that moment, the game was over for the Chargers. Turner’s imbecilic play calling deflated his entire team beyond recovery. If the Chargers’ confidence was an airship it would have looked like the Hindenburg burning.
Sadly, the bumbling coach wasn’t finished dashing his team’s determination quite yet. If there was any hope that the Chargers would make a game of it, Turner quickly put that idea to rest as the first half came to an end.
Right after New England defensive end Vince Wilfork made his first ever NFL career interception of a flat Philip Rivers pass, the Pats had the ball at the Chargers 47-yard line with only 9 seconds remaining and no timeouts.
Everyone, including announcer Phil Simms, knew all the Chargers had to do was cover the sidelines and prevent the Pats from picking up yardage and stopping the clock by running out of bounds. All they needed to end the half was one tackle in the field of play.
But dim-wit Turner refused to make it hard for the Patriots and allowed them all the room they need on the sidelines to complete two passes for 18 yards in 8 seconds and setup another score to end the half.
What could be easier than to play a team coached by Norv “simpleton” Turner?