BFTB After Dark: June 26, 2012

SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 03: Head coach Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers walks off the field after the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Qualcomm Stadium on October 3 2010 in San Diego California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

That Norv Turner story was going to be one long post. I was at about 6,000 words before getting to his time with the Chargers (as Head Coach). It should be more fun this way (split up), but I will let you know that there's a lot of good stuff coming up with it. Specifically, Norv's time with the Redskins and the Raiders is very interesting.

One thing that I don't write about, but will here, is why Norv took that Raiders job. The Redskins job was his first real good offer at being a Head Coach and it kept him in a division he was familiar with. After that, it looked like he wanted to wait to find a position that fit him for more reasons than just "They were the first to offer". Well, the Dolphins were falling apart (they signed A.J. Feeley to be their starting QB, Ricky Williams was suspended, etc.) and the Raiders offered Norv a chance to return to the Bay Area, where he grew up.

It's weird to think of it from a fan perspective, but to return to your hometown and succeed is big. I also imagine Norv being a Raiders fan growing up, seeing as how the 49ers were perennially terrible until he was about 30 years old and the Raiders were among the best teams in the league in the 60s, 70s and 80s. A chance to lead your favorite team out of the dark ages and back to glory? That's impossible to pass up. It's no wonder why he took that job instead of doubting Al Davis.



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