Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 1/2/12

SAN DIEGO - AUGUST 15: Head coach Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers looks on during the game with the Seattle Seahawks on August 15, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Seahawks won 20-17. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The San Diego Chargers were considered a Super Bowl contender before this season and finished 8-8. This is the second-straight year the Chargers have underachieved and missed the playoffs. So, logically head coach Norv Turner should be fired, right?

Now, as if to spite me, a source close to the Chargers organization thinks that both Turner and general manager A.J. Smith could be retained for next year. Apparently several players, including quarterback Philip Rivers, have gone to bat for Turner, insisting that he should return. They have voiced their opinions in public as well as privately.

Another factor in the decision could be financial, as Turner has two years left on his contract at $3 million per season. In addition to that, Smith has three years left at $2 million per season.

The report doesn’t say that Turner and Smith have definitely been retained, but considering that Turner’s firing was a near-certainty two weeks ago, the momentum is certainly shifting in his favor. As a Chargers fan this makes me ill. I’ve been on the Fire Norv Turner Bandwagon since his introductory press conference in 2007.

Under Turner the Chargers have been uninspired, undisciplined and underachieving. I get that some of his players have his back, but he simply doesn’t deserve to be with the organization next year, he hasn’t earned the right to be a head coach in the NFL. Considering the talent he has had to work with Turner hasn’t done enough.

I can understand Smith coming back. He has an outstanding eye for talent and has put together great rosters in the past. His past two drafts haven’t been great but that doesn’t mean he can’t turn things around.

If Turner comes back I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’ve suffered through five years of mediocrity and I don’t know if I can do it anymore.

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