Turner is 16-13 in his two seasons with the Chargers, not including a pair of wins during last year's playoffs. So for Kansas City Chiefs QB Tyler Thigpen, who has only been in the league two seasons, a successful Turner regime is all he's ever known.
"[The Chargers] are going to come out and play hard ball like they've always done. Norv Turner does a good job of getting their players ready to play us, so give them a lot of credit," Thigpen said.
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McIntosh has a unique perspective on San Diego's head coach. In 2001, Coach Turner was the offensive coordinator in San Diego while McIntosh was the Chargers' starting left tackle. In a recent exclusive interview with SDBoltReport.com, McIntosh made his feelings about Turner perfectly clear.
"Norv was a great coordinator and a great coach," McIntosh said. "His offense is always proven. ... I feel he deserves to be mentioned as one of the better head coaches in the league."
One of the reasons Turner is so respected by the Chiefs is his record against the AFC West since joining the Chargers. Even in a down year, the Chargers are 3-1 in the division, and would be 4-0 if not for a now infamous blown call by Ed Hochuli.
In 2007, the Chargers were 5-1 in the AFC West, with their lone loss coming at home to the Kansas City Chiefs. At the conclusion of that defeat, Chargers fans booed Coach Turner and chanted the name of the man he replaced, Marty Schottenheimer.
Although Turner's team has underperformed in 2008, he deserved better than the shower of boos he received after that Chargers-Chiefs game last season. The Chiefs players will be the first to second that notion.
Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003.