San Diego Norv Turner is off the hot seat, at least for 10 days.
Romeo Crennel is perched squarely on it.
Antonio Gates caught a 14-yard yard scoring pass from Philip Rivers on the game’s opening drive to snap a streak of six straight quarters without a touchdown, and the San Diego Chargers went on to a 31-13 victory over the staggering Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.
Turner had been criticized by fans after the Chargers (4-4) blew double-digit, second-half leads in losses to New Orleans and Denver, and then lost 7-6 at Cleveland on Sunday.
Still, at the start of halftime, some fans in one end zone unfurled a big yellow banner that read: “Mr. Spanos, please fire A.J. & Norv.”
Team president Dean Spanos decided in January to bring back both Turner and general manager A.J. Smith even though the Chargers missed the playoffs for the second straight year and have only one postseason win in four seasons.
Spanos probably isn’t inclined to fire the embattled Turner in midseason, although a loss to the Chiefs would have been embarrassing.
“We didn’t talk about it specifically, but we want to win for him every week,” Rivers said. “You play for a lot of things, but we play for our coach. I think that has been evident over the years when we have struggled.”
Rivers did his part by completing 18 of 20 passes, or 90 percent, for 220 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception.