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Norv Turner
Date of birth May 17, 1952 (1952-05-17) (age 57)
Place of birth Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Position(s) Head Coach
College Oregon
Regular season 90-98-1
Postseason 4-4
Career record 94-102-1
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Coaching stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a player
1971-1974 University of Oregon
Team(s) as a coach/administrator












University of Oregon
(graduate assistant)
(wide receivers coach)
(defensive backs coach)
(quarterbacks coach)
(offensive coordinator)
Los Angeles Rams
(Wide Receivers Coach)
Dallas Cowboys
(Offensive Coordinator)
Washington Redskins
(Head Coach)
San Diego Chargers
(Offensive Coordinator)
Miami Dolphins
(Offensive Coordinator)
Oakland Raiders
(Head Coach)
San Francisco 49ers
(Offensive Coordinator)
San Diego Chargers
(Head Coach)

Norval Eugene Turner (born May 17, 1952 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina) is the head coach for the National Football League's San Diego Chargers. He also has served as head coach of the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders, and as offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, and San Francisco 49ers. 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",[1] 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.



Early career

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 former San Diego Charger and Hall of Famer, Dan Fouts.

Coaching career

After serving as a graduate assistant coach at Oregon, Turner was an assistant coach for the USC Trojans from 1976 to 1984. From 1985 to 1990, he was an assistant with the Los Angeles Rams. In the January 2008 issue of San Diego Magazine he was chosen as one of the "50 People to Watch in 2008." [1]

Dallas Cowboys

Turner was the offensive coordinator with the Dallas Cowboys on Jimmy Johnson's staff when Dallas won back to back Super Bowls in 1992 and 1993. Turner got much of the credit for not only their success, but for helping shape quarterback Troy Aikman into a Hall of Fame player. After Barry Switzer's firing following the unsuccessful 1997 campaign, QB Troy Aikman made many urgent demands that Turner be named head coach. When Chan Gailey was named coach, Aikman was famously unhappy, stating "They're screwing this team up."[citation needed]

Washington Redskins

In 1994, following his success with the Cowboys, Turner was hired as the head coach of the Washington Redskins. In seven seasons with the Redskins, he went 49-59-1. In 1996 Turner led the Redskins to a 7-1 start but finished the season 9-7. They made the playoffs only once, in 1999, where they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round. He was released during the 2000 season of the Washington Redskins on December 4, 2000 following a 9-7 loss to the New York Giants where this dropped them to 7-6 on the year despite starting off with a 6-2 record, leaving Turner with the distinction of being the only NFL head coach in the post-merger era to be fired midway through a season with a winning record. Turner was replaced for the final 3 regular season games by Interim Head Coach Terry Robiskie. The Redskins finished 8-8 that made them ineligible for the postseason. Following his tenure with the Redskins, Turner went on to serve as offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers in 2001 and for the Miami Dolphins in 2002 and 2003.

Oakland Raiders

When the Oakland Raiders fired head coach Bill Callahan following the 2003 season, owner Al Davis hired Turner to replace him. Turner went 5-11 in 2004, followed by a 4–12 record in 2005, and was fired on January 3, 2006. During Turner's two years with the Raiders, he managed only one win against his division, the AFC West. In addition, Turner was unable to jump start an offense that, in 2005, included All-Pro wide receiver Randy Moss.

San Francisco 49ers

On January 17, 2006, Turner was named offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, a reversal of roles of sorts: former 49ers head coach Mike Nolan served as Turner's defensive coordinator from 1997 to 1999 with the Washington Redskins.

San Diego Chargers

On February 19, 2007, Turner was hired to coach the San Diego Chargers[2]. Though he had been a finalist to assume the same position with the Dallas Cowboys, a team for which he had been the Offensive Coordinator during the first two of three Championship seasons in the 1990s, he eventually lost out to Wade Phillips[3], defensive coordinator of the Chargers at the end of the 2006-2007 season. He took the reins of an NFL-best 14–2 record squad in the 2006 regular season with San Diego. Despite promising a strong start to the season and downplaying the effects of a major coaching turnover, Turner began the 2007 NFL season by losing 3 of his first 4 games. Subsequently, he was thought to be redeeming himself by helping the team to a 41-3 victory over the Denver Broncos on the road, a win against archrival Oakland, and a third consecutive win coming out of the bye week against the Houston Texans. The euphoria in San Diego was short-lived, however, after a road loss to the then 2–5 Minnesota Vikings. By midseason, San Diego, a franchise thought to be a serious Super Bowl contender, had not won a single game against a team with a winning record. The first such win came in Week 10, when the team upset the Indianapolis Colts. This win was followed by another road loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars. After losing to yet another winning team, running back LaDainian Tomlinson called a players only meeting to discuss the season and the coaching changes. Following this, the Chargers won 6 straight regular season games, including a come-from-behind, overtime victory versus the Tennessee Titans. The next week, the Chargers managed to clinch their second straight AFC West Division title by beating the Detroit Lions in a lopsided game at home. The win against the Broncos on Monday Night Football gave Norv Turner 10 wins on the season - matching his best regular season record as a head coach.

Turner led the Chargers to their first playoff victory since 1994 with a victory over the Tennessee Titans, followed by a second playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts. The Chargers lost the AFC Championship game to the New England Patriots, 21–12.

In the 2008 season, he led the team to an improbable comeback in the AFC West starting the season at 4–8 but winning the final 4 games to finish ahead of the Denver Broncos. His Chargers beat the Indianapolis Colts for the second year in a row in the playoffs, but fell short to the eventual Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers in the Divisional Round game where his star running back LaDainian Tomlinson was out with a groin injury.

Turner's third season in 2009 saw the Chargers continue their trend of a weak start to the season followed by a strong finish. After needing a last-minute rally to beat the Oakland Raiders in the opening week, the Chargers lost 3 of their next four games. The last loss in this stretch was at home to Denver, leaving San Diego at 2-3 and chasing the 6-0 Broncos. After easily defeating divisional opponents Kansas City and Oakland, the Chargers faced a daunting stretch that included games against the Giants, Eagles, Cowboys, & Bengals, plus traveling to Denver. Turner's team swept through them all, winning nine straight games while the Broncos entered into a midseason slump. After the ninth consecutive win, a 27-24 victory against Cincinnati on December 20th, San Diego captured their third straight divisional title under Turner. After a blowout win at Tennessee and a last minute victory vs. Washington, they extended their regular season win streak to 11 games, tying a franchise record from 1961. With a 13-3 record, San Diego claimed the 2nd seed in the AFC playoffs and a first round bye. The Chargers were eliminated from the playoffs in their first playoff game of 2010 with a 17-14 home upset against the New York Jets.

On January 19, 2010, Norv Turner signed a three-year contract extension through 2013.[4]

NFL coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
WAS 1994 3 13 0 .188 4th 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 - - - -
WAS Total 49 59 1 .454 1 1 .500
OAK 2004 5 11 0 .313 4th in AFC West - - - -
OAK 2005 4 12 0 .250 4th in AFC West - - - -
OAK Total 9 23 0 .281 - - -
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 Total 32 16 0 .667 3 3 .500
Total 90 98 1 .473 4 4 .500

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Norv Turner served:

Following first head-coaching job

Assistant coaches under Norv Turner who have become NFL head coaches:

Notes and references

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
David Shula
Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Ernie Zampese
Preceded by
Richie Petitbon
Washington Redskins Head Coach
Succeeded by
Terry Robiskie
Preceded by
Geep Chryst
San Diego Chargers Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Cam Cameron
Preceded by
Chan Gailey
Miami Dolphins Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Chris Foerster
Preceded by
Bill Callahan
Oakland Raiders Head Coach
Succeeded by
Art Shell
Preceded by
Mike McCarthy
San Francisco 49ers Offensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Jim Hostler
Preceded by
Marty Schottenheimer
San Diego Chargers Head Coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Bill Belichick
AFC Pro Bowl Head Coach
Succeeded by
John Harbaugh

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