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Chargers firing Turner, Smith at season's end

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08:17 AM ET 12.07 | Though Dean Spanos said he hasn't shared his thoughts, this may be the end of an era. Not only will head coach Norv Turner be gone at the end of the season, but general manager A.J. Smith will be fired as well, as the Chargers make a monumental break from an era that was arguably the most successful and most disappointing in team history. Sources said this week that [Spanos] essentially decided at least a month ago that Turner's time was drawing to a rapid close. Spanos, sources said, has more recently resigned himself to the fact that Smith can't be kept in the current environment. ... [Those] with knowledge of plans that are already in motion said it seems certain there will be no last-minute change of heart this time.

U-T San Diego

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December 7, 2012  08:37 AM ET

Don't get too excited yet Chargers fans.

December 7, 2012  08:44 AM ET

Re-Thread.

December 7, 2012  09:00 AM ET

...this may be the end of an error.

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December 7, 2012  09:08 AM ET

Chargers are just catching up to what most people who post on these threads have been saying for three years.

December 7, 2012  09:27 AM ET

I wouldn't mind seeing Norv back in Dallas as OC, and I generally don't like recycling coaches.

December 7, 2012  09:51 AM ET

Not only do they have to clean out their lockers, they should make them clean out the toilets before they get their final paycheck.

December 7, 2012  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Not only do they have to clean out their lockers, they should make them clean out the toilets before they get their final paycheck.

I'm sure they'd screw that up too.

December 7, 2012  10:01 AM ET

wouldn't it be news if Spanos decided not to fire both of them?

December 7, 2012  10:02 AM ET

Does Andy Reid have a new home?

December 7, 2012  10:04 AM ET

Spanos picked the wrong side in the feud. Should have fired AJ Smith, but fired Marty Schottenheimer instead. How'd that work out for the Chargers? Did Norv Turner, the guy who supposedly had a better playoff record, make it out of the first round yet?

December 7, 2012  10:11 AM ET

A few seasons too late, but at least Spanos is getting around to it.

December 7, 2012  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

A few seasons too late, but at least Spanos is getting around to it.

DA BEARS!!

December 7, 2012  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Not only do they have to clean out their lockers, they should make them clean out the toilets before they get their final paycheck.

The problem there is they have $6,000 Kohler toilets. These toilets are top of the line and have many bells and whistles, and the company all but guarantees a life-affirming bowel movement experience. You don't let A.J. and Norv near those. Only they could make a $6,000 crapper perform like a $50 porta-potty.

December 7, 2012  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Only they could make a $6,000 crapper perform like a $50 porta-potty.

LOL!

Yup, you've got a valid point there.

December 7, 2012  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Chargers are just catching up to what most people who post on these threads have been saying for three years.

I wonder if the package deal expands to Philip Rivers- Two years ago when their was rumblings about Turner being fired , Rivers said to San Diego that if you get rid of Turner then he wants to be traded. Not that Rivers has been anything special the last 3 years- they might as well get rid of him also.

December 7, 2012  10:49 AM ET

Zzzzzzzzzzzz.....

December 7, 2012  11:01 AM ET

Oh Lord, I hope the idiot Bidwills don't hire Turner as their next head coach......

December 7, 2012  11:17 AM ET

Turner will be in a long line of fired coaches looking for their next gig, at seasons end.

December 7, 2012  11:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Don't get too excited yet Chargers fans.

...asnd please pray that Jerry Jones doesn't take notice...

 
December 7, 2012  11:23 AM ET

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