Wishful Thinking: Norv Turner's coaching future

      December 20, 2012 @ 17:57:40 PDT


It's no secret the San Diego Chargers will be firing head coach Norv Turner after the season, and it is equally as unsurprising that he will be hard pressed, to put it kindly, to find an NFL head coaching job in 2013.

Turner's roots are deeply embedded on the offensive side of the ball, and he has found considerable success as a play caller in the NFL. He has been known for a strong running game that sets up the vertical passing attack. Although he relied much more on the latter while in San Diego, it was partly out of necessity and almost as much because that is where the talent was most noticeable.

Norv Turner, head coach, San Diego Chargers
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One reason for his failure this year in San Diego was a lack of personnel suited for his offense. Turner's services would be an ideal fit in the AFC West, calling plays for the Oakland Raiders.

"But they still have Greg Knapp," you may be saying to yourself.

I know, I know, but he has proven time after time that he is poor at adapting to his personnel and overly complicates what should be a relatively simplistic offensive game plan. His playbooks have always been unnecessarily thick, and Knapp tries too hard to be true to the West Coast system that he grew up under, even though he doesn't have the proper players to fit that structure of an offense.

Turner's vertical O would fit perfectly in the Bay Area. Carson Palmer has a big arm, Oakland's offensive line is on the upswing, and they have weapons in place to make this a quick transition. Unlike Knapp's system, which takes years to learn, Turner's is reasonably easy to adopt in short order. The terminology is not complex, and he tends to keep things traditional. A great example of this is how quickly Danario Alexander was able to pick things up as a midseason acquisition. Meanwhile, Knapp continues to ask for patience from his players when it comes to picking up his system.

Darrius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore could give Oakland deep threats, while Rod Streater, Jacoby Ford (foot) and Juron Criner could be utilized as possession/underneath receivers. It is obvious Turner likes incorporating tight ends into this game plan (Jay Novacek, Antonio Gates), and Brandon Myers has emerged as a bona fide threat at the position. Assuming he can stay healthy, Darren McFadden could be a beast in Turner's one-body backfield.

While I don't expect this to happen, one can only hope. This hiring could turn the Raiders' offense into the juggernaut it has the potential to be, which will never be fulfilled under Knapp's "guidance."

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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