Originally posted on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 12/10/12
Kansas-city-chiefs-san
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported earlier this week that the Norv Turner Errora will come to a close at the end of yet another disappointing season for the Chargers. But it turns out Norval was just getting us warmed up for his greatest job-saving trick ever. With Sunday’s Tim Allen-grunt-inducing 34-24 win at Pittsburgh — the first in franchise history save the 1994 AFC Championship Game — San Diego mathematically stayed in the playoff hunt. And as we all know, no team fires a coach who brings them to the playoffs. Uh. Except for — well, never mind that point. Here’s what the Chargers must have happen in order to save Norv’s job again. - Win out. The Chargers close with the Panthers at home, Jets on the road and then the Raiders at home. All of these games are eminently winnable. Of course, because this is a Norv Turner-coached team, they are also eminently losable. - Get the right help. The Norv Turner Playoff Express is dependent on the Bengals and Steelers both finishing 8-8, creating a three-way tiebreaker to send the Bolts into the postseason. (They’d also get the four-way tiebreaker against the Jets). It’s going to be a stretch, as both the Bengals and Steelers need to finish 1-2 in the season’s final three games. One of those losses is guaranteed because the teams play each other in Week 16. Getting the other one will be a little trickier. If the Bengals beat the Steelers at Heinz Field in that game, the Chargers need Cincy to lose at Philadelphia next week and to Baltimore at home in Week 17. If the Steelers beat the Bengals, the Chargers will need Pittsburgh to lose at Dallas next week and at home to the Browns to close the season. In the unlikely event all those chips fall in San Diego’s favor, there is only one thing remaining that could jeopardize its hopes — and that thing would truly be the Norviest downfall of them all. The Cleveland Browns Yes Virginia, the Browns can make the playoffs. They will if all of the aforementioned things happen along with winning out. They have to beat Washington, Denver and Pittsburgh with the final two coming on the road, making it a more unlikely scenario than Kate Upton (or Captain Kangaroo) waking up in your bed. But it could happen. My guess is Charger fans will live with the horror of a playoff berth and Norv’s possible return up until the season’s last drop, when a Steelers victory over Cleveland finally ends the illusion once and for all. Or will it? MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. PS – Don’t forget to make #OperationSaveNorv the hottest thing on Twitter, kids.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

LeBron James says Kevin Love-Celtics trade rumor is false

Michael Jordan gifts Kobe Bryant full set of Air Jordans

Bethune-Cookman football player killed at party

Former UFC heavyweight Kevin Randleman dead at 44

WATCH: Chelsea scores three goals in less than 20 minutes

Broncos safety Shiloh Keo arrested for DUI

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mountain West admits error, says Boise St. shot was good

WATCH: John Calipari loses his mind, gets ejected

Former Clemson star Tajh Boyd to speak at John Kasich rally

Peyton Manning's alleged not-so-wholesome image

Hawks not shopping Al Horford at NBA trade deadline

Report: Lincecum has been throwing in secret location

Ejected John Calipari tweets “they don’t need me and I love it”

Popovich would 'buy ticket' to watch Warriors play

Jamal Murray destroyed South Carolina defender with dunk

WATCH: Lon Kruger gets Oklahoma hoops squad hype for Kansas test

Texas signee glad he didn’t pick Texas A&M after alleged racism

Dallas Stars have passed the early tests in February

Could Matt Forte become the revival for Patriots run game?

Are the Celtics legimate contenders in the East?

WATCH: Jabari Parker is no joke at NBA Rising Stars Challenge

How Marvelous Marv Throneberry became a Met

WATCH: Filip Forsberg goes beast on Lightning with this goal

Carmelo Anthony on trade rumors: ‘I’m not going anywhere’

Report: Cavaliers shopping Kevin Love, price tag very high

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ranking the ten best free agent pitcher signings

Who had the best NBA All-Star Game of the last 40 years?

The winners and losers of the 2016 MLB offseason

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker