NFL Rumors: Will the San Diego Chargers sign Lovie Smith?

By Kenny Gardner
Lovie Smith San Diego Chargers
Mark J. Rebilas-USA Today Sports

The San Diego Chargers need a new head coach after Norv Turner was fired on Monday following six seasons in the position.

According to Marc Sessler of, “ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the San Diego Chargers would like to meet with Smith about replacing Norv Turner, who was fired Monday along with general manager A.J. Smith.”

While Lovie Smith had a .563 winning percentage for his career with the Chicago Bears compared to Turner’s .414 career percentage before he was signed by San Diego, Smith is not the right candidate for the job.

According to Chicago GM Phil Emery, a major reason why Smith was fired because was due to his team’s lack of success on offense.  Turner was heavily criticized for this in 2012 and he has a better offensive mind than Smith.

Another reason why Smith would be a risky hire for San Diego is Chicago’s lack of success after losing to the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI.  Chicago missed the playoffs five out of six seasons from 2007-2012.

San Diego ranked 11th, 13th, 22nd and 30th in the NFL in touchdown receptions, total receptions, receiving yards and yards per reception in 2012.  Chicago ranked 22nd, 28th, 28th and 17th in these categories in 2012.

Chicago wide receiver Brandon Marshall ranked second, third and fourth among NFL players in receptions, receiving yards and TD receptions, so one can only imagine how pathetic they would have been without him.

Chicago ranked 14th in the NFL in yards per rushing attempt while they ranked 18th in rushing TDs.  San Diego ranked 31st in yards per attempt while they were tied for last with the Oakland Raiders in rushing touchdowns.

Smith was known for having a solid run game and a great defense during his tenure with the Bears which lasted from 2004-2012, but his offense struggled for most of his seasons in Chicago.

Chicago ranked last in yards per play on offense in 2004, 30th in 2005, 21st in 2006, 30th in 2007, 26th in 2008, 20th in 2009, 28th in 2010, 21st in 2011 and 28th in 2012.

Smith would not be a great hire to fill San Diego’s head coaching vacancy, but only time will tell if San Diego’s reported interest leads to the front office signing him.

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