Turner prepares to face his old team.

With everything else he has to deal with, Norv Turner now faces returning to Washington where he was fired after seven seasons as the Redskins head coach. Unless he can get the 3-6 Raiders turned around quickly, Turner will find himself back on the coaching hot seat once again.

Turner, hired last year to fix the mess left by Bill Callahan, is in the second year of a five-year deal he signed in January 2004. But with an 8-17 record to show for his effort, there is growing sentiment around the NFL that Turner could be on his way out in Oakland if things don't turn around soon.

The Raiders started the season 0-3 but won three of their next four to climb back into the AFC West hunt before dropping back-to-back games to Kansas City and Denver. Wins in either of those games would have boosted Oakland's playoff hopes significantly but the Raiders now sit in a position where they almost certainly must win all of their remaining seven games to have a chance.

Just getting back to .500 would be an accomplishment at this point. Even that might not be enough to save Turner, however. Raiders owner Al Davis has never been big on patience with his coaches, though the list of potential replacements might be a short one.

According to sources around the NFL, Davis will probably have to reach down into the college ranks for a successor because few, if any, coaches with professional experience want to work under Davis.

Turner's situation hasn't been made easier by Oakland's lack of success on offense. Despite the offseason acquisitions of wide receiver Randy Moss and running back LaMont Jordan, the Raiders have been inconsistent and erratic. Quarterback Kerry Collins is coming off his worst game of the season, having thrown three interceptions in the 31-17 loss to Denver, while the offensive line has changed seemingly every other week because of injuries.

With all that in mind, it's understandable why Turner has not had much time to think about returning to Washington.

''It's been a long time (and) so much has changed,'' Turner said. ''My thoughts are on our team and what we need to do, how we're going to approach it, how we're going to go and play like we were a month ago when we won three out of our. We want to get back to seeing what we need to do to do the things that we can do to win a game.''


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