Norv Turner: Woeful Colts Should Capitalize on Chargers' Mistake

Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 20: Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers looks on during pre game prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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The San Diego Chargers' decision to part ways with Norv Turner is just the sort of boneheaded move that the Indianapolis Colts need to capitalize on in order to resurrect their franchise.

Peyton Manning going down proved that he was masking glaring weaknesses on the offensive line, defense, front office and coaching staff.

Jim Caldwell isn't capable of bringing Indianapolis from the ashes. The Colts need a new look and Turner is the perfect guy to take over their struggling team.

Turner is an offensive genius. Some will argue that he's a better coordinator than a head coach, but of the head coaches who will likely come available, Turner is far and away the best fit.

The Chargers have taken a giant step backwards and Philip Rivers has inexplicably regressed this season. The Chargers don't want him anymore and the lack of teams that will be competing for Turner's services creates the perfect storm for Indy.

Whether they take Andrew Luck or stick with Manning, Turner has the offensive prowess to expedite the resurrection of the team on that side of the ball.

The Colts took advantage of Manning and have surrounded him with lackluster talent. Turner's ability to scheme and compensate for lesser talent, as he did with the 49ers in 2006, will help them improve immediately while building for the future.

Turner has the head coaching experience the Colts need. With the crucial decisions the Colts will need to make this offseason, having a guy who has been around the league as long as Turner has is vital.

Hiring a high-profile defensive coordinator will be crucial, but Turner's willingness to work alongside Greg Manusky in San Diego proves that he's ready and willing to check his ego to put the team in the best situation to win.

Turner is a high-profile coach who garners respect, something the Colts are in dire need of. The Chargers' inability to recognize that Turner, like Marty Schottenheimer, is being unfairly scapegoated for the Chargers' inadequacies.

The Chargers' trash would undoubtedly be the Colts' treasure. Turning the Colts back into a contender is no overnight project, but Indy can take refuge in the fact that they have a guy who knows what he is doing steering the ship.

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