San Diego would go on to miss the playoffs in 2010 when they had a 9-7 record and missed the playoffs again last season when they had an 8-8 record. San Diego heads into their bye week with a 3-3 record this season.
According to Rob Kelley of thepigskinreport.com, Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said “I take full responsibility for the present mess this team is in at this point in time.”
Smith also said “The construction and direction of this organization is on my watch. In the next 10 games, we will either rally and see a slow, steady rise from the ashes to a division championship – or the beginning of a new era in Chargers’ football.”
New England has three Super Bowl appearances and one title, Pittsburgh has three appearances and two titles during this stretch while San Diego has not been to the Super Bowl since the 1994 NFL season.
While Smith drafts, signs and trades for players and is the one who signed head coach Norv Turner before the 2007 season, San Diego’s problems are not all on him.
Alex Spanos is the owner of the Chargers while his son Dean Spanos is the Team President. Some owners are not hands on, but the Team President should be heavily involved. If the GM is not living up to expectations, then he should be fired.
This is Smith’s 10th year as general manager while it is Turner’s sixth season as head coach. The Lightning Bolts have a 3-5 record in the playoffs since Smith took over and have not won a playoff game since the 2008 season.
Smith is right to point the finger at himself and it is understandable that he is not pointing the finger at the Spanos men, but they need to be blamed as well.