The Chargers pulled the first panic move of the season by firing defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell and replacing him with Ron Rivera. Not that it wasn't the right move. But the Chargers brass -- read: A.J. Smith -- was so arrogant to believe that anybody could coach this team, that removing Cottrell is actually the first step in admitting that there is a problem with this team.
The second step would be to elevate Rivera to head coach, bumping Norv down to the offensive coordinator position. But let's not hold our breath on that one. Besides, the Chargers offense is certainly not the problem. Philip Rivers has emerged as one of the top young quarterbacks in the NFL, and he's playing without LaDainian Tomlinson at full speed for most of the season.
Does a move like this suggest that Norv could be on the hot seat this season? Hard to tell. Norv looked pretty rattled during the team's press conference on Tuesday. Though, how that differed from his normal sideline demeanor is negligible. There certainly is hope that Smith can see the same effort from the owner's box and if this move doesn't result in a playoff appearance, maybe a move will be made.
Because a team with this talent, playing in this lousy division should be given much wiggle room.