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Monday, November 17, 2008
AFC West hot seat

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

We had San Diego coach Norv Turner on the hot seat last week and guess what? He staying there this week.

I was tempted to put Oakland coach Tom Cable on the hot seat. If he doesn't start finding a way to score points, there is no chance he would come back to Oakland next year as the head coach. But I'm sticking with Turner, because the Chargers are a far bigger disappointment than Oakland.

The Chargers are of 4-6 and are teetering on being knocked out of the race in the AFC West. And if that happens, there will be many calls for Turner's head in San Diego. In fact, it's already started. I've gotten many e-mails calling for the firing of Turner.

Of course, that's a bit harsh right now. Give the guy a chance to turn it around. But let's face it, if the Chargers finish strong or place second in the AFC West, Turner's job security will certainly be in question. I don't think anybody would say that's an unfair statement. This is the reality in the NFL.

San Diego was expected to make a deep playoff run. Turner has to start winning. It begins Sunday night at home against Indianapolis against a Colts team that seems to have gotten it together. It's not going to be easy for San Diego and it's not going to be easy for Turner. But he has to find a way to turn around his team's fortunes or his hot seat will only get hotter.