December 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner speaks during the post game press conference after a win against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

And It Is Official: Chargers Fire AJ Smith and Norv Turner Today

The news that you have been waiting for has finally arrived. The San Diego Chargers have fired GM AJ Smith and head coach Norv Turner today. The new head coaching search will begin.

Norv has been on the hot seat with the team since he arrived in town. He was the successor of Marty Schottenheimer and had big expectations on his shoulders. He started off hot, but then fizzled out after a few years. He hasn’t taken the team to the playoffs in the last 3 seasons and the Chargers need to find a head coach that can bring them back to the tournament.

AJ Smith took over the team for the late John Butler and turned the franchise around after making some great moves in the draft. AJ’s failure has been in his ability to keep his talent on the roster. He chased some great skill players away and the team has not been able to recover from their losses. He has struggled with some recent first round draft pick busts and he also brought in Norv to coach the team.

There will be a new era of Chargers football coming.

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