|May 17 1952|
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune,
|University of Oregon|
|Current overall record:|
|Regular season record:|
(wide receivers coach)
(defensive backs coach
1985–1990 Los Angeles Rams
(Wide Receivers Coach)
1991–1993 Dallas Cowboys
1994–2000 Washington Redskins
2001 San Diego Chargers
2002–2003 Miami Dolphins
2004–2005 Oakland Raiders
2006 San Francisco 49ers
2007–2012 San Diego Chargers
Norval "Norv" Eugene Turner (born May 17, 1952)  is the current Head Coach of the San Diego Chargers. He previously served as the Head Coach for the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders. His explosive offense, built around a strong ground attack and the ability to strike fast via the deep pass, is referred to as "Norv-West Air", a play on the name of an airline with a similar name. He is the brother of former University of Illinois head football coach and former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Early career[edit | edit source]
Turner was a student at Alhambra High School in Martinez, California. In football, he played quarterback and safety. He graduated from Alhambra in 1970 and then attended the University of Oregon, where he was a back-up quarterback to future San Diego Charger and Hall of Famer Dan Fouts.
Head Coaching Career[edit | edit source]
Washington Redskins[edit | edit source]
After his success with the Dallas Cowboys, Norv Turner was named the Head Coach of the Washington Redskins. He served with the team for 6 years before being fired. He remains the only coach to be fired mid-season with a winning record post-merger. He was replaced by Terry Robiskie.
Oakland Raiders[edit | edit source]
After firing Bill Callahan, Al Davis hired Norv Turner as the coach for his team. He only served with the Raiders for two years. His record during those two years was poor, and the team had only won a single game against a divisional rival in that time.
San Diego Chargers[edit | edit source]
In 2007 Norv Turner was named Head Coach of the San Diego Chargers. Though he had a slow start, he lead the team to it's first playoff win in 13 years. Turner's Chargers are known for having a weak start, and then picking up mid-season. A trend that apparently is continuing in 2010. Despite this, he recently signed a 3 year extension with the team.
On October 4, 2009, Turner recorded his 100th career loss as an NFL head coach.
On September 11, 2011, Turner recorded his 100th regular season win as an NFL head coach with a 24–17 opening game victory at home, over the Vikings. He proceeded to coach the team to a 4–1 record before the team began a six-game losing streak, their longest such streak since 2001.
NFL coaching record[edit | edit source]
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|WAS||1994||3||13||0||.188||5th in NFC East||–||–||-||-|
|WAS||1995||6||10||0||.375||3rd in NFC East||–||–||–||–|
|WAS||1996||9||7||0||.563||3rd in NFC East||–||–||–||–|
|WAS||1997||8||7||1||.531||2nd in NFC East||–||–||–||–|
|WAS||1998||6||10||0||.375||4th in NFC East||–||–||–||–|
|WAS||1999||10||6||0||.625||1st in NFC East||1||1||.500||Lost to Tampa Bay Buccaneers in NFC Divisional Game|
|WAS||2000||7||6||0||.538||3rd in NFC East||–||–||–||–|
|OAK||2004||5||11||0||.313||4th in AFC West||–||–||–||–|
|OAK||2005||4||12||0||.250||4th in AFC West||–||–||–||–|
|SD||2007||11||5||0||.688||1st in AFC West||2||1||.666||Lost to New England Patriots in AFC Championship Game.|
|SD||2008||8||8||0||.500||1st in AFC West||1||1||.500||Lost to Pittsburgh Steelers in AFC Divisional Game.|
|SD||2009||13||3||0||.786||1st in AFC West||0||1||.000||Lost to New York Jets in AFC Divisional Game.|
|SD||2010||9||7||0||.563||2nd in AFC West||–||–||–||–|
|SD||2011||8||8||0||.500||2nd in AFC West||–||–||–||–|
|SD||2012||7||9||0||.400||2nd in AFC West||–||–||–||–|
Coaching tree[edit | edit source]
NFL head coaches under whom Norv Turner served:
Following first head-coaching job
- Mike Riley, San Diego Chargers (2001)
- Dave Wannstedt, Miami Dolphins (2002–2003)
- Mike Nolan, San Francisco 49ers (2006)
Assistant coaches under Norv Turner who have become NFL head coaches:
- Cam Cameron, Miami Dolphins (2007)
- Mike Martz, St. Louis Rams (2000–2005)
- Mike Nolan, San Francisco 49ers (2005–2008)
- Terry Robiskie, Washington Redskins (2000) Interim head coach
- Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers (2011–Present)
References[edit | edit source]
- Norv `The Paperboy' Turner Delivers Good News For Cowboys' Offense - Chicago Tribune. Articles.chicagotribune.com (1994-01-16). Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
- Coryell’s, Turner’s teams different, but not by much. SignOnSanDiego.com. Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
- Norv Turner Is Going To Be Fired, GM A.J. Smith May Join Him. The Big Lead (2011-12-04). Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
- Coaches, Records, and Coaching Totals. Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved on 2012-01-01.
- Judge, Clark. "Another slow start for Chargers? After lockout, maybe not", CBSSports.com, CBS Interactive, August 20, 2011. Archived from the original on September 13, 2011.
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- Williamson, Bill. (2011-01-02) San Diego no longer an elite program - AFC West Blog - ESPN. Espn.go.com. Retrieved on 2012-01-01.