If Norv Turner Is Fired, Who Takes His Place as San Diego Chargers Head Coach?

Ryan Phillips@@RumorsandRantsContributor IIINovember 30, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 20:  Head coach Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers looks down the sideline during a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Chargers 31-20.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Norv Turner needs to be fired—we all know it. After starting the season 4-1, the San Diego Chargers have dropped six straight games and sit at 4-7. This season has been an absolute embarrassment for a franchise picked by many to be headed for the Super Bowl. 

The Chargers have lacked discipline, fire and coherent game plans from week to week. Yes, injuries have played a major role in the team's struggles, but good coaches can adapt to such things. 

If and when Turner is axed, there is one guy who should be at the top of the list to take over in San Diego. 

Bill Cowher was the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers for 15 years before stepping down to become an analyst for NFL Today. While he has repeatedly stated that he is happy as a broadcaster, I have to believe that if he had the chance to take over a talent-laden roster while getting to live in San Diego, he would take it.

If the offer is right and Cowher is given some control over personnel decisions, I believe he would return to the sidelines. 

Cowher has a career record of 161-99-1 including the playoffs, led the Steelers to two AFC championships (1995 and 2005) and a win in Super Bowl XL. 

In 2009 Cowher said he did not plan to coach again in the immediate future, but it's 2011 and the Chargers aren't a team that needs a lot of rebuilding. It could be a perfect spot for Cowher to swoop in, turn things around and take the team to the next level.