Report: Chargers to fire both Norv Turner and A.J. Smith

Report: Chargers will can both Norv Turner and AJ Smith at season's end

12/6/12 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Report: Chargers to fire both Norv Turner and A.J. SmithIt's hard enough to coach an NFL team when you suspect the owner is going to fire you at the end of the season. It's even harder when the owner is coming right out and saying behind your back that he's going to fire you at the end of the season, and these remarks end up in the local newspaper. Such is life, though, for San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner, and Chargers general manager A.J. Smith, who today woke up to an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune entitled "Sources: Chargers to fire Norv Turner, A.J. Smith at end of season".

Would firing Turner and Smith be enough to satisfy disgruntled Chargers fans? Looking at the comments section in the article wherein this news is reported, we see remarks like, "THANK YOU JESUS," "Merry Christmas, Charger fans," and "You guys can't see me but I'm dancing a jig, gangnam style, right now!"

The article saying the Chargers will fire Norv Turner and A.J. Smith was posted just a few hours ago. "Not only will head coach Norv Turner be gone at the end of the season, but general manager A.J. Smith will be fired as well," says Chargers beat writer Kevin Acee. "Sources said this week that Chargers President Dean Spanos essentially decided at least a month ago that Turner’s time was drawing to a rapid close. Spanos, sources said, has more recently resigned himself to the fact that Smith can’t be kept in the current environment of plummeting performance and fan unrest."

Blog Photo - Report: Chargers to fire both Norv Turner and A.J. SmithThe Chargers are currently 4-8 on the season, and that's following what had been an impressive 3-1 start. San Diego has not beaten a winning team yet this season, with four games remaining.

The report says that Smith's successor as Chargers GM has already been chosen -- that's current San Diego director of player personnel Jimmy Raye III. That Jimmy Raye is not to be confused with his father Jimmy Raye II, the veteran offensive coordinator formerly with the Chiefs, Redskins, Jets, Raiders, and 49ers.

Chargers president Dean Spanos is technically not the owner of the Chargers -- but his dad Alex is, and Dean is the heir apparent to the organization.
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