Report: Chargers to fire Turner, Smith

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The San Diego Chargers will fire both head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith at the end of the season, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

According to the report, Chargers team president Dean Spanos decided about a month ago to fire Turner, and more recently has decided that Smith will be out as well with the Chargers standing 4-8 and essentially out of the playoffs again this year. Last year, Spanos elected to keep both men in a move that was largely unpopular wtih Chargers fans.

“I hear a lot of things every day,” Smith said when told of the report. “Dean and I have not discussed my job status. We just discuss our players and what we can do to beat our next opponent.”

Spanos released a statement in response to the report:

“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. I will make evaluations at the end of the season. Anything coming out now – form sources or otherwise – is pure speculation.”The reprot

The report said director of player personnel Jimmie Raye was a likely GM candidate to replace Smith.

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