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Monday, November 21, 2011
Jerry Rice not impressed with Norv Turner

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The heat is turning up for San Diego coach Norv Turner.

The team many pegged to win the AFC West is 4-6 after losing five straight games. If the Chargers end up with a losing record and out of the playoffs for the second straight year, there will be major calls in San Diego for Turner’s five-season era in San Diego to end in about six weeks.

With Turner’s support waning, one of the greatest players ever to play in the NFL said Monday he thinks it's time for Turner to go. ESPN analyst Jerry Rice played for Turner in Oakland in 2004. This is what Rice said about Turner on “SportsCenter” earlier Monday:

“He’s still not going to be the coach who gets you over the hump.”

Rice said unlike his legendary San Francisco coach Bill Walsh, Turner doesn’t give players “incentive” to win. Rice also said he believes the struggles of San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers -– he has thrown 17 interceptions this season -– falls on Turner.

Will Rice’s thoughts have an effect on Turner’s future? No, of course, not. But expect similar views to be expressed if the Chargers’ control to spin out of control this season.

Adding more heat to Turner is a San Diego Union Tribune story that says that Turner’s clock management issues will be reviewed by the team and he added more evidence to the issue in a loss at Chicago on Sunday.