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Approval Rating: Norv Turner

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Serious Norv is serious.
Serious Norv is serious.

Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith got his turn, and it seems like you people are fans of A.J. Smith again. Well, maybe not fans, but at least like the job he's doing. Next up to face the music: the much-maligned head coach of the San Diego Chargers, Norv Turner.

Yes, three games into the preseason can be a little early in the year to evaluate a head coach's job performance. But, Norv has been plenty busy this offseason even though we have yet to play one regular season game.

After missing the playoffs for a second consecutive year, it was nearly certain that Norv Turner would be fired at the end of the 2011 NFL Season. Some were so confident that would happen, they made a bet with themselves that must now be paid off on Thursday. However, Norv survived being fired by the Chargers and is still the team's head coach.

The Head Coach of a team doesn't get much splash during the offseason. It's not really that exciting hearing about getting players in shape and running practices. With a 3-0 record so far in the preseason, it seems Norv Turner and his staff are doing well in getting the team ready for the regular season (injury issues aside).

With his Offensive Line decimated all banged up and pieced together with scrubs, Norv made the wise decision to sit Philip Rivers in the 3rd preseason game against the Vikings, and instead let Charlie Whitehurst absorb all the sacks. Maybe Norv is starting to listen to the people? Maybe not.

Should Norv lead the Chargers to a victory in San Francisco, that actually bodes well for the Chargers. 66% of teams that go undefeated in the preseason end up making the playoffs. That other 34%, well, they end up like the 2008 Detroit Lions who went 0-16, or the 2000 San Diego Chargers who ended up 1-15.

At any rate, we want to hear from you. How do you think Norv Turner is doing as the San Diego Chargers Head Coach? You can look at his overall job history with the Chargers, you can look at just this preseason; it's all up to you.