Chargers show class, finalize Turner's deal

January, 18, 2010
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That didn’t take long.

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Jeff Gross/Getty ImagesSan Diego's Norv Turner has more lives than a cat.
The San Diego Chargers wasted no time in letting the world know Norv Turner is still their coach after a shocking 17-14 home playoff loss to the New York Jets on Sunday.

A day after the defeat, the Chargers showed their belief in Turner by announcing that he has received a three-year contract extension. Turner is now under contract through the 2013 season. Turner had one year remaining on a four-year contract he signed in 2007.

The new contract has been expected for several weeks.

It was a nice move for the Chargers to wrap up the contract extension so soon after the loss. It shows the team is totally behind Turner and that it was going to end any speculation that Turner could be in trouble after the upset loss. San Diego was 13-3 in the regular season and Turner finished third in coach of the year voting.

This is Turner’s team, and the Chargers just made it official.

Here is the team’s release:

San Diego President Dean Spanos signed head coach Norv Turner to a three-year contract extension today, extending his contract through the 2013 season.

“I’m extremely proud of the job Norv has done with this team,” said Spanos. “In three seasons he’s led the team to three division titles. I’m confident that if we strengthen our roster and continue to provide Norv the assets he needs, this team will have continued success.”

Turner has the top overall winning percentage in team history at .648 (35-19) as well as the top regular-season percentage (32-16, .667). The Chargers are 13-0 in December under Turner and 4-3 in January. His three playoff wins are tied for most in team history. The team’s 13 regular-season wins in 2009 are the second most in team history, and includes a team-high seven wins on the road and a 4-0 sweep of the NFC East. The team committed the second-fewest turnovers (17) and the third-fewest penalty yards (570) during the regular season. Its 78 penalties are the fewest by the Chargers since 1976 when there were 14-game seasons.

Turner’s leadership did not go unnoticed nationally as USA Today named him its NFL Coach of the Year.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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