Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Bye bye to Norv Turner (and the Norv Turner Update)
It's a sad, sad day here at The Big Picture headquarters. Oakland Raiders' coach, Norv Turner -- a favorite here at The Big Picture -- finally got the axe yesterday.
After leading a talented team to a dismal 4-12 mark this season, Al Davis waived goodbye to Norv, which came as a shock to about six people.
Many of the Raiders' woes came on an offense that had Randy Moss and LaMont Jordan. The players have said that they have Turner's back and they probably should. Kerry Collins is, at best, a fucking terrible quarterback and the receiving corps was injury plagued all year.
The details about the firing aren't thought to be too ugly, but it can be speculated that Turner had something along these lines to say:
"Yeah, Kerry really fucked us up," he said. "It's hard to blame any one person, but if I had my say, it'd definetely be Kerry."
Turner took much heat when he was indecisive about whom to play at quarterback. Former UW standout (and another Big Picture favorite) Marques Tuiasosopo got a start and was expected to close out the season, but was benched in favor of Collins who had previously been benched.
Al Davis considered benching Norv after all of the benching, but didn't in favor of sitting in the press box. Al sat on a chair, not a bench, we presume.
We'll miss Norv Turner and especially the Norv Turner Update that would frequently run here. The Big Picture salutes you, Norv.
Ah hell, why not?
Norv Tuner update: Yesterday afternoon sometime: Norv Turner fired as Raiders' coach.
In other news: Word has it that Joe Paterno is old. Who knew?