2012 has been a season to forget for most San Diego Chargers faithful. Any time a team is sitting at 6-9 heading into the season’s final weekend, you know that their performance has fallen short of expectations and that changes are imminent. That is certainly true for the Bolts even after their victory on Sunday to finish 7-9 on the year.
Reports have been swirling for weeks about the Chargers’ intentions to make some serious changes within their organization when the 2012 season came to a close. Team owner and President Dean Spanos has been the long-standing overseer of all football operations, but he will be gradually handing that position over to his son, team director of college scouting John Spanos. This transition will likely have quite an influence on how the head coach and general manager positions are handled this off-season.
Word says that the Bolts want to maintain their current organizational structure regardless of who is fired and hired this off-season. That means that the GM will continue to be entirely responsible for assembling the 53-man roster while the coach will have the sole responsibility for getting those players ready to go on game day.
That brings us to the two current holders of those respective positions in Norv Turner and A.J. Smith. Both men have trended downward together during the last half-decade with the Bolts seeing the team go from an AFC Championship game participant to its third straight season watching the playoffs from the couch. If the club wants to get better quickly, the organizational structure will have to be one of collaboration and cooperation rather than dissension and self-motivation.
There are plenty of candidates worth a look as the Bolts prepare their list. The team would be best served by hiring a GM first and then working with that personnel guru to find a head coach best suited to fit his philosophies. When 2013 rolls around, there is only one certainty left with the Bolts: this team is going to look a whole lot different next year.
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