Dean Spanos denies the reports about A.J. Smith and Norv Turner

By Kenny Gardner
Dean Spanos San Diego Chargers
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According to Ryan Wilson of, sources said that San Diego Chargers team President Dean Spanos is going to fire general manager A.J. Smith and head coach Norv Turner at the end of this season.

According to an article on, Spanos responded to reports by saying “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.”

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

San Diego has a 4-8 record, which is three games behind the Pittsburgh Steelers for the final wild card spot.

It is improbable that San Diego will make the playoffs this season.  If San Diego loses another game or if the Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals win another game, San Diego will be eliminated from playoff contention for the third season in a row.

The Chargers have not won a playoff game since the 2008 NFL season when they defeated Indianapolis in overtime.

San Diego won two playoff games in 2007, but they won one playoff game in 2008, lost their only playoff game in 2009, had a 9-7 record in 2010, an 8-8 record in 2011 and are 4-8 this season.

This is Smith’s 10th year as San Diego’s general manager and Turner’s sixth season as San Diego’s head coach, so they have had plenty of time to make this team a Super Bowl contender.

Spanos denying the reports could be true, but I think he was trying to say the right thing because San Diego has not officially been eliminated from playoff contention yet.

San Diego is 0-6 against teams that currently have a player with an above average quarterback rating.  The Bolts have two games left against these opponents this season.

I believe that San Diego will be eliminated from playoff contention and Spanos will officially make a decision after the season which should mean the end for Smith and Turner with the Chargers.

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