We have all heard the news. The Chargers are trying to deny it, but the cat’s out of the bag, Norv. Kevin Acee of UT San Diego reported that your ass is gone after the season. I feel I speak on behalf on most Broncos fans when I say that we are going to miss you. A lot.
That helpless face you make after a Philip Rivers pick-six, that subtle shake of your head, your pursed lips, the way your turkey neck flops back and forth. We will long for it all when you’re gone. We never knew what we had, Norv. You lovable loser.
We have faith that the Chargers will still be in terrible hands once you and AJ “the Lord of no Rings” are gone. The organizational ineptness might even be more entertaining, as the owners kid becomes the new G.M. and Andy Reid takes over as Head Coach. But still, there will never be another Norv.
On behalf of Broncos Country, I wish you the very best. Here’s hoping that, now that this window is closing, God opens a door for you in Kansas City.
If the San Diego Chargers can somehow come into Mile High on Sunday afternoon and defeat the Broncos, they'll move to 5-5 on the season, just one game back from Denver who would then be 6-4. If they don't, and the Broncos, who are favored by over a touchdown, defeat them as expected, they'll fall to 4-6, three games behind the Broncos. Their season will be over.
The Chargers are a cornered animal at this point. The Broncos must be aware of that and not take victory for granted.
At stake for San Diego is far more than only their hopes for the 2012 season. The Chargers coach, quarterback, general manager, and even their future in San Diego could be on the line.
Norv Turner's seat is about as hot as they come. A loss to Denver will basically spell the end of the season for his team. Even if the Chargers were to run the table after a loss to the Broncos, the best they could do is finish 10-6. And they won't - not with Baltimore and Pittsburgh still on the schedule. They'll miss the playoffs again, for the third straight season, after immediate exits from the post season in each of the two previous years.
That type of inefficiency isn't going to be accepted amongst a fan base that has already begun to dissipate. The pressure will be on ownership not just to remove Turner, but to dispatch General Manager AJ Smith as well.
What's worse is that the rumors will only intensify that the Chargers are likely to make a move to Los Angeles. The Chargers have suffered from poor fan attendance already, largely due to a feeling among the fan base that they are cheering on a team they are likely to lose. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy in a big way. The more it looks like they're leaving the fewer tickets they sell. The fewer tickets they sell, the more likely they are to leave.
For the Broncos, a loss on Sunday would mean a tougher path to the playoffs. They might no longer be in the discussion for the top two seedings, but be staring at a Wild Card berth instead. For San Diego it's all on the line. Everything. Is Sunday's game their Super Bowl? Maybe not if they win. But if they lose it will have been for sure.
Don't look now, but the San Diego Chargers may be about to so something that those of us residing in Broncos Country do not want to see happen. They might be thinking about firing Norv Turner.
There's a groundswell in SD and it's not an another earth-quake.
Chargers fans (there are a few) are angry. Their team just went into Cleveland and get beaten 7-6 after surrendering a 24-point advantage to the Broncos two weeks before.
The Chargers manage to somehow fumble away their best players and their best opportunities with a consistancy we have come to count on. Without Norv Turner in San Diego, who knows what might happen?
It's up to us to save him now, Broncos fans. The powder blue people can't be counted on to keep Norv Turner around. We need the ownership of the Chargers to know that there is fan support for giving him another chance.
That's why we at the South Stands are promoting the #KeepNorv hashtag movement. We're just doing our part. Join us, won't you?
That comeback on Monday night was incredible - but will it backfire on the Broncos? Will the Chargers fire Norvy!?
For just one moment let's stop celebrating the Broncos' unlikely come-from-behind 35-24 win on Monday Night Football.
It's important that we also take time to reflect on Philip Rivers and his dreadful 4-interception meltdown. Why? Becuase he's a tool and we hate his sneering face. Chances are Chargers fans have seen enough of it, too - along with Norv Turner's pocked neck.
Rivers is getting ripped in the San Diego media today, which is fabulous. The Broncos and Peyton Manning are being heaped with praise. Let's take a look at some delicious quotations.
Oh, boy. This is a big game for the Broncos. They're heading into Qualcomm Stadium for a Monday Night Football clash with the lead in the AFC West on the line. What do I think will happen? Glad you asked.
San Diego kicker Nick Novak had two chances to beat the Broncos in overtime. He wet himself. Matt Prater lifted the lid on another Broncos win.
The Broncos' trip to San Diego is the most important trip they have made in two seasons. Smack the 'Bolts down at their place and Norv Turner move to the back of the AFC West, gasping for air with Kyle Orton and the KC Chiefs. It might even cost Norv his job. If that happens you can bid the Chargers farewell in the division.
The Broncos stand to be over .500 and in a chase with the Raiders for a division title if they can take care of business. And take care of business, they will. The defense is going to stand tall, contributing 14 points to the Broncos total. Tim Tebow will run one in on offense and Matt Prater will throw up three for the special teams.
Phil Rivers will throw for over 250 and 2 TD's but it won't be enough to overcome his own mistakes.