Philip Rivers supports coach Norv Turner

December, 19, 2011
12/19/11
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It has been considered a near lock for the past several weeks that if the San Diego Chargers don’t make the playoffs, coach Norv Turner will be fired.

Well, the Chargers are on one of their usual late-season surges under Turner (San Diego is 20-2 in December/January games under Turner) and the coach received huge backing when star quarterback Philip Rivers said in an interview with the San Diego Union Tribune after the Chargers’ latest dominant win that it would be ”crazy” if Turner is not back next season.

“Regardless of what happens the next two weeks,” Rivers told the paper after the Chargers slapped around AFC stalwart Baltimore, 34-14, on Sunday night. “It would be crazy for Norv to not be here. We’ve won 48 games in five years. Norv can’t make every throw. Norv didn’t fumble. You can’t go, ‘Gee, Norv, why did you throw that pass?’"

It will be interesting if the Chargers’ brass feel the same way if the Chargers finish strong and don’t go to the playoffs. There have been cries from the San Diego fan base for a change. Still, the Chargers are playing very well, as they have won three straight games after losing six in a row. The Chargers have beaten their past three opponents by a combined score of 109-38. They currently look like one of the NFL’s very best teams, as they were expected to be.

But the truth is, San Diego is 7-7 and needs a lot of work to get into the playoffs.

Still, support from Rivers is huge, and perhaps San Diego ownership will be forced to reconsider even thought it would mean two straight years without a playoff appearance.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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