Turner replaces Schottenheimer as Chargers coach

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Norv Turner got his third shot at an NFL head coaching job when he was hired Monday by the San Diego Chargers, a week after the surprise firing of Marty Schottenheimer.

Norv Turner got his third shot at an NFL head coaching job when he was hired by the San Diego Chargers on Monday, a week after the surprise firing of Marty Schottenheimer.  Associated Press
Associated Press
Norv Turner got his third shot at an NFL head coaching job when he was hired by the San Diego Chargers on Monday, a week after the surprise firing of Marty Schottenheimer.

The hiring came less than 24 hours after the Chargers wrapped up their interviews. The team planned to introduce Turner at an afternoon news conference. Five years ago, Turner interviewed for the job that went to Schottenheimer.

Turner, the San Francisco 49ers' offensive coordinator, was the only one of the six candidates who's been an NFL head coach, and the only one from the offensive side of the ball.

He inherits a team that was an NFL-best 14-2 last season but melted down in its playoff opener, a stunning 24-21 loss to the New England Patriots.

Turner had trouble winning, going 58-82-1 in coaching stints with Washington and Oakland. Schottenheimer had trouble winning in the postseason, going 5-13 overall and 0-2 with the Chargers.

Last Monday, the Chargers surprised the NFL when president Dean Spanos fired Schottenheimer, citing a "dysfunctional situation" between the coach and general manager A.J. Smith.

BEARS: Defensive coordinator Ron Rivera has gone from head coaching candidate to out of a job - a little more than two weeks after Bears were in the Super Bowl.

Rivera, who has talked with eight different NFL teams about their head coaching positions over the past two seasons, had a three-year contract with the Bears that was set to expire next week. The NFC champions announced he will not be back.

Head coach Lovie Smith had been pushing Rivera for head coaching jobs, now he's pushed him off his staff.

"It's just something that coach decided he was going to shuffle his staff and we'll go from there," Rivera said .

COLTS: Made defensive end Dwight Freeney their franchise player, keeping him with them for at least one more season.

PANTHERS: Cleared salary cap space by releasing veteran defensive end Al Wallace, a key reserve who was to count almost $2 million against the salary cap.

PACKERS: Signed linebackers Tim Goodwell and Marcus Randall, cornerback Antonio Malone, defensive tackle Devarick Scandrett and punter David Lonie.

BRONCOS: Signed linebacker Louis Green to an extension.

FALCON ARRESTED


LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux was arrested by Gwinnett County police on Monday morning and charged with one count of felony animal abuse.


The Falcons confirmed the arrest in a brief statement.


"We're aware of the situation and we're in the process of gathering information," said Falcons spokesman Reggie Roberts. "Until we have the information we need, we will have no further comment."


Gwinnett County police spokesman Darren Moloney said Babineaux was arrested early Monday. Moloney said he did not know any specifics about the case and a report and details concerning the case would not be released Monday.


Lt. Derrick Locklear, shift commander for the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, said Babineaux was released just before 8 a.m. Monday on a $2,300 bond.


Babineaux played in all 16 games and recorded 28 tackles last season.


- Associated Press


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