NFL Rumors: Will A.J. Smith and Norv Turner be fired after this season?

By Kenny Gardner
A.J. Smith and Norv Turner
Stan Liu-USA Today Sports

The San Diego Chargers have been on a free fall since they started the 2012 NFL season with a 3-1 record. San Diego is 1-7 in their last eight games which is reminiscent to last season when they started 4-1 and dropped to 4-7.

According to Ryan Wilson, San Diego head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith are going to be fired at the end of this season.

In Wilson’s article, it states “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.”

This is Turner’s sixth season as San Diego’s head coach and Turner was a bad hire to begin with when Smith signed him.  Turner had a combined record of 58-82-1 as head coach of the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders.

The Chargers get worse as every season goes by with Turner because they have one playoff win since making it to the AFC Championship game during the 2007 NFL season.

San Diego won a playoff game in 2008, lost their only playoff game in 2009, had a 9-7 record, but did not make the playoffs in 2010, had an 8-8 record and missed the playoffs last season while they are 4-8 this season.

This is Smith’s 10th season as San Diego’s general manager and San Diego has a 3-5 record in the playoffs with Smith as the GM while the team had two head coaches during this time.

San Diego will be eliminated from playoff contention with a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Smith and Turner should have been fired after last season, but they were brought back which was a big mistake by Spanos.  It appears as though change is finally about to happen in San Diego.







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