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Chargers Clean House- Norv Turner and A.J. Smith Out

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Norv Turner

The San Diego Chargers have announced the firing of head coach Norv Turner.

A.J. Smith

General Manager A.J. Smith has also been relieved of his duties as the Chargers react to yet another disappointing season.

Turner and his Legacy

Following three consecutive years of missing the Playoffs, team ownership decided it was time to make a change.

Turner leaves with a 59-43 total record as head coach of the Chargers. However, he was never able to translate his regular season wins into Postseason success. Despite all the talent that’s been at his disposal since Turner arrived as Head Coach in the 2007 season, the Chargers never made it past the AFC Championship Game.

Websites like will be satisfied with this news and for many fans, it is a coaching change that is long overdue.

I myself was pulling for Turner to be fired after last season and was shocked that he was given another year as head coach with the team.

Potential Replacement

Jon Gruden

My top candidate to replace Turner is Jon Gruden. Gruden is the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach who guided them to a Super Bowl victory in 2002. He was fired by the Bucs when the 08 season finished after back-to-back 9-7 seasons.

Since then, the 49-year-old has been an analyst for Monday Night Football on ESPN. He is an Offensive minded coach who would bring some much needed enthusiasm to the Chargers Offense.

Gruden gets my vote as the next head coach of the San Diego Chargers.

Decisions for 2013

After hiring a new head coach and a new general manager, the next big decision that owners need to make will be regarding quarterback Philip Rivers.

Philip Rivers

Rivers is facing an uncertain future for the Chargers after another poor season.

The 31-year-old is coming off his worst statistical year since 2007. To make matters worse for #17, he has 47 turnovers in his last 32 games.

With all the other changes going on for the Chargers, it could now be time for a change at the quarterback position too.

Much will depend on the quarterback class in the upcoming draft along with the available free agents.

Matt Barkley

USC quarterback Matt Barkley is one to keep an eye on in the 2013 draft and would be an intriguing prospect for the Chargers.

The coming months ahead will be crucial for the future of the franchise with a new head coach, a new general manager and possibly even a new quarterback all on the way for the Chargers.

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Written by podgeoh92

December 31, 2012 at 6:26 pm

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