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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  • 619chargers4life

    Finally sheesh!!!!

  • tc_sting

    a year too late, but still I applaud the management for finally seeing reality and not dollar signs.

    • RussinSactown

      The reality was if they kept Norv and AJ, they’d lose dollar signs.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        So true. Now, will they sign a coach that will bring the dollar signs back?

        • arnie

          at this point it doesn’t matter. anything is better than what we had.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

    A single blue and gold tear just rolled down my cheek… One of joy… Yet, one of frustration, also.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    Spanos clan hired Ron Wolf to head up the GM search. This is a football guy. So at least that is positive. If they would splurge with a “big dog” coach, that would help get the fans back in the stands– a coach that is well respected and really good.

    I think Arians could coach up Rivers back to his Pro Bowl old self. But that is just my thought.

    • RussinSactown

      We need someone who can pull some effort out of the O-Line so Phil can do more than chuck and duck all season. Arians would be a good fit. Lovie Smith would be good too. Just don’t bring in a retread like Jim Mora.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    Here is something on Wolf. “Ron Wolf is the former American football general manager of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers. He also played a significant role in personnel operations with the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders from 1963–1975 and again from 1978–1990″

  • arnie

    i know i’m late on this. but i finally whore my charger gear, for the first time in two years. to celebrate this return of sanity