Originally posted by 49wyztoscore:
Yes he did. Good talent evaluator but bad coach. Great DC but some guys are just better off doing just that. I think Norv leaving killed his career. If Norv wouldn't have left I really feel Smith would have blossomed and Nolan could have focused on D.
Your absolutely right. Besides Norv ability to help with grooming Alex and helping him meet his potential Norv was helpful in being a sounding board for Nolan when it came to dealing with players and the media. Norv Turner set this team back as much as Nolan did.
Lot people including myself complained about some of his FA and draft choices such as Clements, Justin Smith, McDonald, Staley, Franklin, and others but give credit to Nolan he had a good eye for evaluating talent especially on defense.
I am tired of the Smith vs Rodgers comparisons.
Smith played on a team that was essentially an expansion team. No OL, no defense, Barlow was our running back (Gore was a rookie that year), and Smith mentor was Tom Rattay, McCarthy was already looking for a head coaching job, he gets to deal with 5 different OC and a coach who does not understand how to deal with QB’s.
Rodgers gets to watch and learn from a future HOF QB (even if he is a pr**ck) for 3 years, they have a good RB, veteran WR in Driver, a defense that can win games for them when the offense isn’t getting it done, same OC for 3 years and a strong organization that makes the playoffs and almost goes to the SB one year while he is sitting on the bench learning.
Hmmmmm let me see who is going to have more success? I am looking forward to Smith being traded so he can start over and we no longer have this debate.