Fed up with a talent-rich roster that seemingly underperforms each year, Chargers owner Alex Spanos and GM A.J. Smith issued head coach Norv Turner an ultimatum on Wednesday: get this franchise moving in the right direction at some point in the next six or seven years, or the team will have to strongly weigh the pros and cons of potentially firing him at some point in the future, maybe.
“Norv has to understand, we’ve all been patient with him,” Spanos said. ”But that patience can only last so long. We’re just not going to sit here and wait forever for him to show some results. Six, seven years tops is all he’s gonna get.”
When pressed for more details, Spanos explained, “Well, this is assuming he doesn’t have injuries to any key players over that time. Or that the team doesn’t lose any real close game because of some bad break. I mean, everyone gets unlucky sometimes. We can’t penalize him for that. You know what? Let’s just round up and make it an even decade.”
“But,” concluded Spanos sternly, “that’s it. The Chargers better be on the right track by then or mark my words, Coach Turner will almost certainly be history, probably.”