It's official: Chargers to keep Turner, Smith

San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos made it official on Tuesday what had been speculated earlier - that head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith will be back next season.

The Chargers made the announcement, ending earlier beliefs that Turner and/or Smith would not survive San Diego's six-game losing streak in midseason and missing the playoffs for a second straight year. In fairness to both, the Chargers were wracked by injuries this season, especially on the offensive line and also lost tight end Antonio Gates for a while as well.

After an 8-8 finish, Turner and Smith get another shot to get the Chargers back on the right track, despite what just a few weeks ago looked like very long odds of that happening.

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