As he walked from Heinz Field in the darkness of a frigid and rainy Sunday, his team having finally put together the kind of game they thought they’d play much more often, Turner paused and smiled.
The veteran of so many firings and vicious public attacks has perhaps a better grasp on the reality of his situation than anyone, but he acknowledged this victory was special if only for the validation it gave him with the only people whose opinion he really values and to whom he has been preaching.
“It means so much to me because of what the players are playing for,” he said. “I think it does say if you keep going and stay alive and don’t let the other stuff distract you too much … They’ve stayed alive. They keep coming back and trying to get it done, and today we did.”