The Vikings' Leslie Frazier, the Colts' Jim Caldwell and the Rams' Steve Spagnuolo are feeling the pressure of horrible seasons. But the only coach who might get fired before the end of the season would be the Chargers' Norv Turner.

His team has been a notoriously slow starter each season but this fall started an impressive 4-1 before tailspinning into six consecutive losses, the first such losing streak since 2001.

Plus the team is buying back tickets every week to avoid local TV blackouts. Not much to see here. If the Chargers' avalanche of losses continues, Turner might not make it to the new year.

aatsales@tribune.com

Turner is toast

Kevin Van Valkenburg

Baltimore Sun

Norv Turner's tenure in San Diego has been one long, slow, five-year descent into mediocrity, and at this point, the Chargers don't even have the right to call themselves mediocre. They're just bad. If Philip Rivers actually had been injured, maybe a six-game losing streak would be understandable. But Rivers insists he's healthy. His team, however, is barely on life support.

Turner always has had a brilliant offensive mind. But Turner's biggest weakness has been that he doesn't inspire a lot of passion in his players. They've checked out on him, and it's time to serve the players notice that this kind of milquetoast mediocrity won't be tolerated going forward.

kvanvalkenburg@tribune.com