Recently canned by the Raiders, Norv Turner was named the 49er’s new offensive coordinator earlier this week. Amongst those very offended, the Sacramento Bee’s Marcos BretÃ³n.
How in the world do losers such as Turner keep landing lucrative jobs in the NFL?
Here is a man, a supposed offensive genius, who took the best receiver in the NFL in Randy Moss and made him superfluous.
Here is a man handed a great Raiders offense on paper that became a disaster in reality.
Here is a man whose players quit on him by Thanksgiving.
Yet there he is, ladies and gentlemen, the man now charged with turning Alex Smith into a legitimate quarterback to live up to his $50 million guaranteed bonus – Norv Turner, Mr. Magoo himself.
Sometimes it seems this could happen only in big-time sports, where muddle-headed owners willingly place bumblers in charge of multimillion-dollar investments.
In the 49ers’ case, you have a team whose financial future is virtually riding on the shaky arm of Smith, who fumbled and bumbled and took a beating throughout his rookie baptism of flames.
So, of course, 49ers owner John York tabs Turner for the insignificant little job of schooling Smith, fresh off Turner’s 4-12 disaster in Oakland, arguably the Raiders’ worst season in nearly a half century of football.
Obviously York – and the 49ers’ head coach, Mike Nolan – don’t read newspapers, watch television or scan an invention called the Internet. Either that, or they are assessing Turner by criteria that have nothing to do with actual results.