Is Norv Turner coaching to keep his job against Chiefs?

What’ll it be, Norv? (Jeff Gross / Getty Images)

There are few places in the NFL with a warmer coaching seat than that beneath San Diego Chargers Coach Norv Turner.

It’s so warm, in fact, that Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that Turner “is a goner if he can’t turn the season around.” And that starts with the Chargers’ game tonight.

Firing Norv has moved from plausible to possible because the often-disappointing Chargers are 3-4 and, besides, Turner seems to have had at least seven lives in San Diego. But here’s the thing: the Chargers’ opponent is the 1-6 Kansas City Chiefs. These same Chiefs are starting Matt Cassel because Brady Quinn has a concussion and their coach, Romeo Crennel, professed to not know why running back Jamaal Charles got only five carries in the Chiefs’ loss to the Raiders.

Win and the Chargers are at .500 overall and 3-1 in the AFC West, with the a division loss to the Denver Broncos (4-3, 2-0). Lose and, well, it’s the second straight loss to a one-win team.

“I’m coaching on a week-to-week basis, I’m coaching to do the best job I can do to get our team ready to play Kansas City,” Turner said Monday. “All of those other conversations, they’re going to take place and you know they’re going to take place, but for the most part, I’ve been able to keep a focus on what we need to do.”

Still, at some point Turner has to run out of chances, doesn’t he? As Gregg Rosenthal of puts it:

A loss would give them the ugliest four-game losing streak possible: blowing a big lead to a winless team (New Orleans Saints), blowing a 24-point lead and suffering two losses to a one-win team.

If Norv Turner was ever going to get fired midseason, it would be after a loss like this.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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