Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson was on NFL Network’s Around the League Live and said that he believes Chargers head coach Norv Turner and A.J. Smith are in danger of losing their jobs if they don’t make the playoffs. He also mentioned that they haven’t given quarterback Philip Rivers a complete team to work with.
“When you look at the people they have lost over the years and Philip Rivers’ numbers have gone down because of the guys he has lost,” Tomlinson said, via Pro Football Talk. “You talk about a guy like Vincent Jackson, who has picked up where he left off in San Diego now in Tampa Bay leading that team in receptions. You talk about Darren Sproles who is doing a phenomenal job in New Orleans right now. Some of the offensive line that you don’t have any more – he has lost a lot of talent around him. I said it last year, there is too much pressure on Philip Rivers. He needs guys around him to help him win games.”
Tomlinson doesn’t see how Turner and Smith could survive another season of missing the playoffs.
“We heard the rumblings out of San Diego last year when they had the poor season [and] didn’t make the playoffs for the second straight year,” Tomlinson said. “At that point, Dean Spanos really thought about making a change, but he didn’t. He said he would give them one more chance to try to right the ship. So here we are at the point where the San Diego Chargers are in danger of missing the playoffs for the third straight year. At that point, the way this organization has worked, you fired Marty [Schottenheimer] after a 14-2 year. [After] many successful years in San Diego, you fire a coach like Marty Schottenheimer. How can you justify keeping A.J. Smith and Norv Turner when you don’t go to the playoffs three straight years?”
I’m not a believer at all in either Smith or Turner. Turner isn’t a very good head coach and Smith is an average general manager.