Both Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith and head coach Norv Turner are near-locks to be fired at the end of the season, according to a report in San Diego.
Chargers President Dean Spanos feels he has “no choice” to fire Turner, and Spanos will “almost certainly” fire Smith as well, sources told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune.
Spanos appears to be particularly worried that the fans have tuned the Chargers out, and it may take new leadership to change that.
It’s easy to see why the fans have tuned the Chargers out: Barring something shocking happening in December, the Chargers are going to miss the playoffs for the second consecutive season, despite playing in an AFC West that should be very winnable. Someone has to take the fall for that.
It has already been widely reported that that “someone” would be Turner, who in November reportedly needed a drastic turnaround to keep his job. But the “someone” may also be Smith, even though his contract runs through the 2014 season.
That contract requires Spanos to pay Smith $6 million over the next three years. But things have gotten so bad in San Diego that Spanos may decide that’s the cost of turning his team around.