SAN DIEGO (AP) — Norv Turner is still coaching the Chargers, perhaps to the chagrin of some fans, as San Diego pulled to 4-4 at the season's midpoint.
The Chargers were able to call off the hounds howling for Turner's job — at least for now — by beating the Kansas City Chiefs 31-13 Thursday night.
San Diego rediscovered the end zone, took advantage of four more turnovers by the sad-sack Chiefs and snapped a three-game losing streak that had riled up the paying customers to the point that the Chargers needed corporate support to lift the local TV blackout. Still, there were an estimated 15,000 empty seats.
Pregame speculation about his job security didn't seem to faze Turner, who's heard such talk for practically his entire Chargers tenure, which started in 2007.
"The one thing that's different now than I guess, I don't know, when this all started, but if someone says something on the radio or TV, or in an interview, that it becomes fact," Turner said. "Sometimes it's fact and sometimes it isn't. That was not my concern going into the game."
As for the person who started the speculation about Turner's possible firing if the Chargers lost Thursday, "There's a chance that he's wrong," the coach said pointedly.
Did the win save Turner's job?
"I don't think that was the case," he said. "Obviously there's no evidence to say that it was, and I go on my relationship, my understanding of what we're doing. That's was not the issue for me."
The team refused to make team President Dean Spanos available during a three-game losing streak that included the Chargers blowing double-digit, second-half leads in losses at New Orleans and at home to Denver. San Diego then lost 7-6 at Cleveland.
The Chargers broke a streak of six straight quarters without a touchdown when Antonio Gates caught a 14-yard scoring pass from Philip Rivers to cap the game's first drive Thursday night.
Half of San Diego's wins are against Kansas City (1-7). The Chiefs committed 10 of their NFL-high 29 turnovers in their two games against the Chargers.
San Diego has yet to beat a team with a winning record.
Running back Ronnie Brown said the Chargers didn't feel like they were playing for Turner's job.