The San Diego Chargers fell to 4-6 on the season after Sunday's 30-23 loss to the AFC West-leading Denver Broncos. As losses continue to mount, head coach Norv Turner's hold on his position with the team continues to wane.
Losers of two straight games, the Chargers would be in the midst of a much longer stretch of futility if not for a Week 9 cupcake with the Kansas City Chiefs. After a 3-1 start, San Diego has been downed in five of its last six contests.
However, Turner has seemingly been on the hot seat since taking the job with the Chargers. Will an expected loss to the Broncos do anything to fuel talks of replacing the head coach?
Probably not. But if this team can't get back on track to finish out the season, Turner's ultimate downfall will be a direct result of never getting the job done in San Diego.
Former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson thinks both Turner and general manager A.J. Smith will be fired if San Diego misses the playoffs. And this was back on Halloween.
While there are certainly many areas to point the blame—quarterback Philip Rivers' sudden regression to name the obvious—look no further than team management as the main source of this franchise's paucity.
Turner and Smith should be a packaged-deal if the hot seat reaches its boiling point. But if only one is to go, Turner should take the fall.
The Chargers are the AFC's equivalent of the Dallas Cowboys—a team that has had all the talent in place to compete for a championship, yet has failed in recent years because of an inability to put it all together on the field.
That lack of execution falls squarely on the shoulders of the head coach. And Turner must pay the ultimate price for the Chargers' shortcomings.