Report: Chargers’ Turner, Smith To Be Fired At Season’s End


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Kevin Acee, of the North Country Times, is reporting that San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith will be fired at the end of the 2012 NFL season.

Both men have been on the hot-seat for the last couple of seasons and with 2012 turning out to be another disappointment, it appears ownership is ready to move on.

From Acee:

"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, as the Chargers make a monumental break from an era that was arguably the most successful and most disappointing in team history.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."

Chargers president Dean Spanos released a statement, refuting Acee’s report.

“There is only one person in this organization who will make those decisions and that’s me, and I haven’t shared my thoughts with anyone.”

He went on to say:

“I will make my evaluations at the end of the season. Anything coming out now – from sources or otherwise – is pure speculation.”

Yeah, right, whatever. I’d be willing to bet my pinky finger but maybe not my thumb, that Turner and Smith are fired the say after the season ends. Spanos had to release this statement because if he didn’t he’d look like a huge a-hole for allowing the coach and GM to finish the season knowing they are lame ducks.

Looks like changes are coming once again to the turbulent AFC West.

Would any of you be interested in Norv as KC’s offensive coordinator next season?