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You knew it was coming. A substantial number of the coaches (and executives) involved doubtless knew it was coming, too. That’s right: it’s Black Monday, a.k.a. the day every head coach of every underperforming NFL team gets canned, in hopes that this next hire will be the one that strikes gold, the one who turns into that franchise’s Bill Belichick. That’s almost never what happens, of course, but still most of these teams could use a change. And change, for better or worse, they will get. Here’s which coaches are on the way out.
Awkward: The San Diego Chargers’ Owner, Who Is Firing Norv Turner At Season’s End, Gave Norv Turner The Game Ball
The San Diego Chargers manhandled the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday en route to a 34-24 win. Dean Spanos, the Chargers owner, handed Norv Turner the game ball. Too bad Spanos is the man who will be firing Turner at season’s end.
I remember reading a story one time that talked about Norv Turner’s fiery practice demeanor, and particular his “salty language.” And it made me think: wait, Norv Turner? That guy’s getting all fired up?” Hard as it was to believe, though, we got a little peek at that side of Norv yesterday. But only a little one.
What Happened Last Night: The Chargers Collapsed, Peyton’s Still Peyton, And The NLCS Is Still Interesting
Missed last night’s sports action? Well, hopefully you have a good excuse, because all you missed is one of the GREATEST COLLAPSES/COMEBACKS IN MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL HISTORY. Not only that, but playoff baseball, too. If you are among the unfortunate souls who missed out, allow us to give you a little rundown after the jump.
The Philadelphia Eagles were perhaps the NFL’s most disappointing team. The San Diego Chargers missed the playoffs for the second year in a row. Both teams are coached by one of the NFL’s most-ridiculed people. And both teams will be bringing those oft-ridiculed coaches back in 2012.