Morning Dump

Hi-ho hi-ho, it’s back to work we go! SIGH!!! Let the countdown till a new head coach BEGIN!

SAN DIEGO — Eliminated from playoff contention and with their coach and general manager possibly headed for the unemployment line, all the San Diego Chargers can do now is try to ruin rival Oakland’s season and avoid their first losing record since 2003.

SAN DIEGO — Norv Turner’s latest press conference was a strange one. It was surprisingly short, with long gaps between questions from media members that seemed generally unsure of what to ask.

It will be a dizzying week atop the Chargers power structure, and the possibilities only keep getting more intriguing.

The first order of business for team president Dean Spanos is whether to retain General Manager A.J. Smith.

Dec 27, 2011 – The San Diego Chargers have been the class of the AFC West for the last decade with the addition of Philip Rivers as starting quarterback and the savvy drafting of A.J. Smith. However, Kevin Acee is reporting that changes might even be coming to the division’s powerhouse team as Dean Spanos, the owner, might clean house of both head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith. Consequently, Smith might already have a new home with the St. Louis Rams, a move that might come with a head coach in tow with Jon Gruden being the new rumor.

Possible first-round picks: Alabama safety Mark Barron, Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict, Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw, Stanford guard David DeCastro.

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  • RussellGrant

    Do you keep AJ Smith if he can bring you Gruden? I would pretty much have to say yes. And then only if AJ can stay out of his way and let him be Chucky!

    • epadaon

      @RussellGrant i like the idea…. if AJ can make it work out with Chucky, iit could be awesome… you would at least know he is trying!

      • RussellGrant

        @epadaon I think the key here would be AJ getting out of the way of the coach. Marty and he may have butted heads but Marty was good at what he did. Norv was his man and while they had great meetings I’m sure, Norv couldn’t do what Marty could. With Gruden they would butt heads And AJ has to know the stuff on the field is Gruden’s or Fisher’s or whoever we bring in. Otherwise, AJ need to pack up his stuff next week.

        • epadaon

          @RussellGrant most definitely agree! AJ has built a good roster, but he has to let the coach do what he does