Chargers, Raiders meet in Norv Turner’s expected finale

Getty Images File PhotoDennis Allen and the Oakland Raiders will probably be the last team to play against San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith due to the Southern California team not making the playoffs for the last three seasons.

Getty Images File PhotoDennis Allen and the Oakland Raiders will probably be the last team to play against San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith due to the Southern California team not making the playoffs for the last three seasons.

Win a final one for Norv?

That’s about all the San Diego Chargers have to play for when they finish the season today at home against the rival Raiders.

Coach Norv Turner is expected to get fired, along with general manager A.J. Smith, perhaps as soon as Monday, because the Chargers (6-9) will miss the playoffs for the third straight season.

If team president Dean Spanos needed yet another reminder of how far the roster has eroded under the smug, authoritarian Smith, he got one Wednesday when the Chargers were shut out in the Pro Bowl voting for the first time since 2003, when they were an NFL-worst 4-12.

A string of three straight local TV blackouts will end today, but only because fans of the Raiders (4-11) always flock to see their beloved Silver and Black’s only Southern California appearance of the season.

It’ll give Chargers fans one final chance to boo Turner, who was an unpopular hire in February 2007. Turner was seen by many as a puppet who could be controlled by Smith after the GM won a power struggle with former coach Marty Schottenheimer.

For the players, it’ll be a chance to win their 59th game under Turner, playoffs included. Problem is, their last playoff win was after the 2008 season.

“I think it’s speaking a little bit out of turn to concede it,” quarterback Philip Rivers said when asked about playing a final game under Turner. “I’m not trying to be naive, either, what may or may not happen. If it is the last one, it’s a heck of a run.”

As for the Raiders, they haven’t had a winning season since the 2002 season, when they went on to lose the Super Bowl to Jon Gruden’s Tampa Bay Bucs.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen said it’s possible both Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor could play after starting quarterback Carson Palmer went out with cracked ribs and bruised lung after being hit from behind by Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy.

Palmer had started 24 consecutive games for Oakland after being acquired in a midseason trade with Cincinnati in 2011. Leinart has started just two games since 2007 while Pryor has never started in his two NFL seasons.

NFLOakland RaidersOakland Raiders & NFLRaiderssports

Just Posted

Salesforce Tower and several other buildings in downtown San Francisco can be seen through the fog; climate scientists report that The City’s beloved mascot may be on the decline. (Courtesy Engel Ching)
Is San Francisco losing its fog? Scientists fear the worst

This isn’t just an identity crisis for San Franciscans. It’s an ecological problem

The Bay Area is vying to be one of 16 communities, spread across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup soccer championships. Games would be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. (Courtesy of Bay Area Host Committee, World Cup 2026)
Bay Area launches bid to host World Cup games in 2026

FIFA officials pay San Francisco a visit as they tour prospective venues

Outside Lands boasts high-quality food and drink from dozens of purveyors, and many are local.<ins> (Courtesy Outside Lands)</ins>
Outside Lands is for food lovers

85 food vendors, 40 wineries, 30 breweries make the festival nourishing to gluttonous

California Highway Patrol officers watch as Caltrans workers remove barricades from homeless camp sites as residents are forced to relocate from a parking lot underneath Interstate 80 on Monday, May 17, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco’s broken promise to resolve homeless encampments

‘There is an idea that The City is leading with services, and they are not’

The Department of Building Inspection, at 49 South Van Ness Ave., has been mired in scandal since since its creation by voter referendum under Proposition G in 1994. (Courtesy SF.gov)
The Department of Building Inspection, at 49 South Van Ness Ave., has been mired in scandal since its creation by voter referendum under Proposition G in 1994. (Courtesy SF.gov)
Whistleblowing hasn’t worked at San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection

DBI inspectors say their boss kept them off connected builders’ projects

Most Read