Thus far, the Chargers season is a lot like last year's. I pointed this out already in my Bleacher Report piece. Look, I don't claim to have the answers for this most maddening of teams. But they still do things that any observer can see are stupid. My buddy Mike is one of the few people whose football knowledge (present company excluded) I have come to really respect. Even as a Jet fan, he had these words after last year's loss in the Meadowlands:
Yeah, I think both teams are mediocre at best; the difference is Turner got outcoached again. They came out for the second half and didn’t even try to run more on the Jets. The Jets just flooded the middle of the field and took away what Rivers likes to do – at that point Turner has to make an adjustment, but of course he is not capable of making those adjustments, he is the worst coach in football. Teams have been running over the Jets and David Harris (best run stopper) was out for most of the second half. I totally understand your frustration, Turner must, must be fired.
Now compare that to the e-mail he sent me after the loss in New Orleans:
I'm not sure what is worse, having Mark Sanchez at QB or Norv turner as coach. I know I'm not telling you something you don’t already know, but he is the absolute worst game coach ever. The Chargers were in control but every time the opponent makes an adjustment, it takes Turner forever to react. The Saints lose a cornerback, do the Chargers attack, no, not at all. Do they play action after being effective running the ball, no. Do they take out guys that are obviously hurt, no. Yes, the Chargers got jobbed by the refs last night, but I truly believe I could be a better in game coach…I can’t believe both Sanchez and Turner still have jobs, embarrassing…