My sensationalist headline aside (obviously I'm not a Bobby Ross fan), Bill Williamson's latest throws Norv a little love. Key stats from his article:
I agree that Norv doesn't get the respect he deserves, but I guess starting a pre-season Super Bowl favorite at 4-8 will do that for a guy.
Here are a few facts that show that Turner, a noted quarterback guru, is not the head coaching disaster some believe he has been in San Diego:
- After just two seasons, Turner is tied for the most playoff victories in team history (3, tied with Don Coryell and Bobby Ross).
- The Chargers are 12-2 under Turner in December and January, and 9-0 under Turner in December.
- The Chargers led the AFC in scoring with 27.4 points per game, second overall in the NFL.
- The Chargers led the NFL with the highest average per pass play.
- The Chargers also ranked 3rd in yards per play.
- Quarterback Philip Rivers set team records and led the NFL with 34 TD passes (Dan Fouts had 33 in '81) and a 105.5 passer rating.
- Rivers' 100.6 passer rating over the last 27 games is the highest in the NFL over that period (includes five playoff games): 17-10 record, 51 TDs, 19 INTs, 63.5 completion percentage.