(CBS) — San Diego Chargers president Dean Spanos said that head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith will return to the team next year, according to ESPN.com.

“The easiest thing in the world is to start over. Who the hell do I go hire? Blow the whole thing up? We’re a pretty good team but we have to make the right moves,” said Spanos. “We’ve fallen. It could have been our draft picks or our free-agent moves. But we have a good core, and I don’t care what anybody says, I’m not afraid to make changes. If I thought it was warranted, I would do it. We have a good foundation here.”

The Chargers 34-20 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday put an end to their run of four straight AFC West titles. Their 2-5 start to the season proved too much to overcome.


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  1. DisgruntledCHFan says:

    I posted this on October 18th (see below)- basically, that there was some logic to keeping Norv through the rest of this season, but if the Bolts did not make the playoffs he should be fired. AJ should be fired no matter what. So pathetic that Spanos is lost in oblivion.

    p.s. Sports is a fickle business, and if you try to run it long-term and keep people around who are not producing results, you will lose. This is Spanos’ biggest problem; he likes these guys personally and he won’t fire them because of it. Btw, did he address AT ALL the fact that he fired Marty a couple years ago after a 14-2 season? No. He is just dumbing down his thinking and hoping he will get away with it. Pathetic!

    ChargersFan007 says:
    October 18, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I myself have watched the Chargers play for several seasons, and it is clear that some things fans do not fully understand. First, Norv DOES seem to motivate the team to play hard and well when it counts. Last season PROVED THAT, so you have to turn to other people in the front office first. If Norv hadn’t turned them around last season, then I would still be saying he should be fired- I mean, how many times can you run Sproles up the middle when you have Matthews waiting?
    Second, the problems start with Spanos and AJ Smith. Spanos backs Smith, and at the end of the day, when an organization makes high profile fall on your face bad decisions you have to give lay the blame at the head guy. It is like the QB in football; Spanos is the QB of the organization and right now he’s playing like a washed up Vinny Testaverde or something.
    Third, AJ Smith needs to go. You do NOT battle your players over contracts the way this guy does. If you want to be greedy and not pay your players, then you trade good players for high round draft picks and focus on improving the potential of the players you draft. You do NOT make your best OL sit out the beginning of the season just to prove that you have the power to do so. If you were going to sign players other than MacNeil or VJ then, sure, do it. But, treating 2 of your best players in such a way sends the WRONG MESSAGE TO THE OTHER PLAYERS. If I was Spanos, I would fire Smith. Since I am not, I say we need to fire them both somehow.

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