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Chargers announce Norv Turner, A.J. Smith have been fired

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In news that has been expected for months, the San Diego Chargers have fired head coach Norv Turner and General Manager A.J. Smith.

Chargers owner Dean Spanos was widely believed to have made that decision fairly early in the 2012 season, and simply waiting until the end of the season to make the news official. On Monday the news became official when the team publicly announced the decision.

“I thank A.J. and Norv for the determination and integrity they brought to the Chargers each and every day,” Spanos said in a statement. “Both Norv and A.J. are consummate NFL professionals, and they understand that in this league, the bottom-line is winning. My only goal is the Super Bowl, and that is why I have decided to move in a new direction with both our head coach and general manager positions. I am committed to our great fans, and we will do whatever we possibly can to achieve that goal.”

Smith has been with the chargers since 2001, first as assistant general manager, and he was promoted to general manager in 2003 after John Butler died. The Chargers won the AFC West five times in Smith’s time with the team, but never got to the Super Bowl.

Turner has a 59-43 record as the Chargers’ head coach. Turner is widely expected to be a sought-after candidate to become an offensive coordinator on some other NFL team.

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64 Responses to “Chargers announce Norv Turner, A.J. Smith have been fired”
  1. broncobeta says: Dec 31, 2012 1:08 PM

    Damn. It was good while it lasted.

  2. jhm3 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:08 PM

    Finally !!

  3. blacknole08 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:11 PM

    Whoever picks the images for these stories needs a raise. This pic captures A.J. Smith’s “I’m fired/I’m gonna be fired soon” facial expression well.

  4. steelerben says: Dec 31, 2012 1:12 PM

    Lemme show you my surprised face

  5. dasmol says: Dec 31, 2012 1:12 PM

    Happy New Year to me!

  6. heycraigc says: Dec 31, 2012 1:12 PM

    The Lord of No Rings is gone!

  7. slammincamnewton says: Dec 31, 2012 1:13 PM

    bout three years too late

  8. lakermetskins says: Dec 31, 2012 1:13 PM

    And gas prices are still high today!

  9. bigdan7885 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:14 PM

    Marty?

  10. jimthebuilder27 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:14 PM

    Finally, a couple years too late!!

    Must have been nice not doing their job well and getting paid for it!

  11. 1oldpro says: Dec 31, 2012 1:15 PM

    Most overrated, under performing duo since Dobie Gillis and Maynard G. Krebs!. No offense to Duane Hickman, of course.

  12. christopher525 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:15 PM

    In the “well duh” moment of the day…

  13. jziii says: Dec 31, 2012 1:15 PM

    Marty Schottenheimer could not be reached for comment.

  14. rexgrossman8 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:16 PM

    3 years too late.

  15. niners816 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:16 PM

    Not a fan of the Chargers but they deserve better. They have a pretty good qb and a solid d. Congratulations San Diego, it cant get any worse.

  16. ancylostoma says: Dec 31, 2012 1:17 PM

    Wow im shocked!! said by no one ever

  17. lionsplayoffs says: Dec 31, 2012 1:18 PM

    They finally did it. Rivers should share some of the blame for the past two seasons, though. He was terrible.

  18. yank3525 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:18 PM

    A year to late IMO.

  19. jiggy3198 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:18 PM

    2 years too late. He had all the talent in the world with rivers, Tomlinson gates Jackson and could not win the big one. Terrible via h he ruined San Diego from at least two championships

  20. sourdough says: Dec 31, 2012 1:18 PM

    Six years too late imo.

    I still don’t understand why AJ fired a 14-2 coach for a mediocre coach like Norv but AJ also drafted Sammy Davis, Buster Davis, Larry English in the 1st round. All were/are busts. Consider AJ’s experiment a colossal failure. Glad to see AJ was shown the door. Guy reached far too often in the draft and was divisive when it came to retaining free agents on the roster.

  21. arbiterflick says: Dec 31, 2012 1:19 PM

    Good luck Norv, I wasn’t a fan of how coaches the team at times, but you’ll have a good year as an OC next year.

    Good riddance AJ.

  22. gdeli says: Dec 31, 2012 1:20 PM

    good deal. going from 14-2 to total confusion? that’s nuts. bye bye norv! ha

  23. stoney18 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:20 PM

    Norv, you’re a good OC. Be happy with that! (You’ll also live longer!)

  24. Stiller43 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:20 PM

    “In news that has been expected for months, the San Diego Chargers have fired head coach Norv Turner and General Manager A.J. Smith.”

    Weeks? Everyone expected this after last season at the latest.

  25. bucsfan5000 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:20 PM

    Mr. Spanos,
    I’m available. I need a job.

    Signed,
    Matt Millen

  26. tdk24 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:21 PM

    Wow, that 14-2 Marty season is looking pretty good right about now, huh?

  27. National Fanatic says: Dec 31, 2012 1:22 PM

    I can see AJ Smith and Norv Turner working together in 2013. Great tandom, but really bad luck with all the SD injuries over the last three seasons!

    If I’m Cleveland or Arizona, I get them BOTH!

  28. nomoreseasontix says: Dec 31, 2012 1:23 PM

    I think Norv is a brilliant OC, but he may be too nice of a guy as a head coach.
    I hope he’ll come to Oakland if they make the offer.

  29. dexterismyhero says: Dec 31, 2012 1:23 PM

    My only goal is the Super Bowl……….

    Then sell the team and let them hire the right people to run it.

  30. djvicdogg says: Dec 31, 2012 1:24 PM

    Thank you! It has been torture for Charger fans the last few years. This should have happened years ago. Norv will find a spot as an OC. The Lord of No Rings will be flipping burgers somewhere.

  31. jcdavey2011 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:24 PM

    norv was more succesful in the playoffs in sd than coryell or marty chokenheimer

    for that i am happy for him, i hope he wins another superbowl as an oc somewhere, he’s a great guy

  32. hungbob says: Dec 31, 2012 1:24 PM

    A perfect example of the The Peter Principle. Turner is a good offensive co-ordinator and Smith is a good Assistant GM.

  33. ducksouped says: Dec 31, 2012 1:26 PM

    Welcome to Baltimore Norv!

  34. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 31, 2012 1:28 PM

    Drew Brees – 1 ring.
    Eli Manning – 2 rings.

    Ouchie. I’m surprised this duo wasn’t dragged into a downtown area of San Diego and were used for caning exercises on public punishment after that debacle.

  35. jakec4 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:32 PM

    If anyone can get more out of Flacco it would be Norv.

  36. steelerben says: Dec 31, 2012 1:33 PM

    National Fanatic says:
    Dec 31, 2012 1:22 PM
    I can see AJ Smith and Norv Turner working together in 2013.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah, I can see them both working at the Walmart as greeters.

  37. 480volt says: Dec 31, 2012 1:34 PM

    It’s about damn time!….go Pats!

  38. 4evrnyt says: Dec 31, 2012 1:35 PM

    Ding dong the witch is dead!! Him and his flying monkey coach can go melt away into oblivion.

  39. opinion157983 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:37 PM

    Marty>AJ

  40. hor2012 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:43 PM

    heycraigc

    That’s funny

  41. hor2012 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:44 PM

    steelerben

    That’s funny, I mean really, really funny,

  42. richallen12 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:47 PM

    There we go. Ravens next offensive coordinator. Then you guys will see Flacco had a crappy system with Cam.

    A.J sucked. Did he do anything right?

  43. qwest12 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:47 PM

    Rivers got worse as the coaches became worse at putting together a good offensive line or blocking schemes. If you watched games you would see philip running or his life on every pass play and it didn’t matter which team they were playing. Injuries played a part but I watched a lot of games and lots of teams had injuries and most were still able to kind of block people unlike the Chargers who could not block anyone, also how they ruined Mathews. Look for him to go crazy next year no matter who the coach is.

  44. bucfan4lyfe says: Dec 31, 2012 1:52 PM

    3 years overdue

  45. dolphins4 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:56 PM

    I hope the Chargers hire Andy Reid to coach the team,he is a great coach that can win a Super Bowl for the Chargers soon.

  46. mn2long says: Dec 31, 2012 1:58 PM

    Congratulations to the Cowboys. You now have an Offensive Coordinator who will call a screen pass when the defense is sending 7 rushers on EVERY play.

  47. delsj says: Dec 31, 2012 2:08 PM

    So why is no one beating the drum nationally for Turner, like they are for Andy Reid? They have very similar results. I guess he gets no sympathy since he has never had to deal with those awful Eagle fans (or hired his Offensive Line coach as the Defensive Coordinator).

  48. Robert says: Dec 31, 2012 2:10 PM

    Next announcement: Move to the Rose Bowl.

  49. savojah says: Dec 31, 2012 2:11 PM

    Just wasted a season. Should of happened last season.

  50. dkaye179 says: Dec 31, 2012 2:14 PM

    Brees
    Sproles
    Turner
    Tomlinson
    V. Jackson
    Cromartie

    Let a lot of talent leave. But it’s ok because they have Ryan Mathews now.

  51. Wisconsin77 says: Dec 31, 2012 2:15 PM

    About 5 years too late

  52. torturedraiderfan says: Dec 31, 2012 2:22 PM

    1oldpro says:
    Dec 31, 2012 1:15 PM
    Most overrated, under performing duo since Dobie Gillis and Maynard G. Krebs!. No offense to Duane Hickman, of course.

    ——————————————–
    Outstanding reference. Not many people remember Dobie Gillis, let alone Maynard G. Krebs (pre-Gillian). I feel old.

  53. 1phd says: Dec 31, 2012 2:22 PM

    Loser ownership = loser FO. Evidence: Drew Brees, Darren Sproles.

  54. araidersfan says: Dec 31, 2012 2:29 PM

    “Norv” Turner is NOT an excellent OC. It’s just a myth that has been propagated over the last 20 years. Offenses in Miami and Oakland got worse under his guidance. And of course he played a large role in Rivers decline from a Pro Bowl caliber QB to lower-tier QB.

    Having said that, I have absolutely no doubt that he’ll get another job as an OC (if not HC) because he’s an expert schmoozer.

    “It’s not what you know it’s who you know”

  55. 1standinches says: Dec 31, 2012 2:58 PM

    Finally A.J Smith is gone, now get a GM whos willing to go the distancefor them to win and get rid of Rivers.

  56. rooneyruleblues says: Dec 31, 2012 4:11 PM

    I find it humorous that some people think the Chargers should have kept Tomlinson around. He was done. He really helped out those Jets didnt he? Say what you want about them letting talent go but LT was finished.

  57. mydroopysack says: Dec 31, 2012 4:32 PM

    The Chargers should hire Phil Jackson as head coach, give him personnel powers too. Then move to LA.

  58. rayguyreturns says: Dec 31, 2012 4:36 PM

    I hear Greg Knapp is available…

  59. slick3 says: Dec 31, 2012 4:41 PM

    Does the NFL provide owners with a stock speech?
    That sounds suspiciously, word for word, like the one given by the Eagles Jeff Lurie.

  60. gadlaw2012 says: Dec 31, 2012 5:13 PM

    Marty Schottenheimer and his 14 – 2 record wasn’t good enough for those clowns in San Diego. They needed someone to take them to the ‘next level’ – tell me, what level are they at now? Four years too late and as a Bronco fan I laugh in their general direction.

  61. toewsingkaner says: Dec 31, 2012 5:16 PM

    Even though Norv Turner needed to be fired, he was classy to the end and did the Monday news conference. Smith was nowhere to be found.

  62. samg33 says: Dec 31, 2012 5:28 PM

    Norv will be a fine offensive coordinator somewhere, as for aj I have NOTHING good to say about him.

  63. rooneyruleblues says: Dec 31, 2012 5:33 PM

    The Chargers officially have the Rooney Rule Blues. Cant hire a coach until they interview a man of color.

  64. ambitoos says: Dec 31, 2012 5:33 PM

    I liked the comeback from AJ Smith when asked by a reporter what Dean Spanos said to him. He said
    (No soup for you).

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