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COACH NORV TURNER AND GENERAL MANAGER A.J. SMITH KEEP ROLES IN SAN DIEGO CHARGES
Mon, 02 Jan 2012 08:25 PM EST

Coach Norv Turner and director A.J. Smith will get a second possibility to try to head the San Diego Chargers back to the playoffs, the group announced Tuesday. NFL odds

“I think these two men give us the best to get back to the playoffs,” owner Dean Spanos expounded in an announcement.

“A.J. Smith is the greatest man to improve our players, and Norv Turner is the best man to guide that staff on the field.”

Spanos related the two men bring equilibrium and knowledge to the Chargers, something “that’s hard to secure in the NFL.” He further asserted he respected the players believe strongly in Turner’s training capability. NFL spreads

“As we’ve seen throughout Norv’s tenure and especially this previous season, the players trust in him, respect him and play hard for him. When we went through that tough stretch, nobody quit. The team kept playing hard, and that sure is a tribute to Norv’s leadership and the trust the players have for him.

Spanos expounded the team would “take a tough look at everything, from player analysis to coaching to the rash of wounds we’ve suffered in recent times.

“Injuries have rubbed out us. And no one is always ideal in this organization. Player analysis isn’t a precise activity. We require improving across the board and I am going to make sure we do.

“We all have our affectations and faults, but I want A.J. and Norv on my side. They’re the appropriate men to help us win a title.”

Turner was hired in 2007 after Marty Schottenheimer was fired for what Spanos announced was a “dysfunctional” association with Smith.

The Chargers finished 8-8, losing the postseason for the 2nd straight season. The Chargers started 4-1 and stopped 4-1, but were doomed by a six-game losing run in the middle of the season. Had they won one more game, they’d have won the AFC West. Instead, Denver won the division in spite of losing 3 straight at the end of the period.

Turner received a team that went 14-2 before melting down in a home playoff loss to New England. Turner got the Chargers to the AFC Championship Game his first season before losing at New England.

Since that time, though, there’s been a continuous decline in postseason success. Its last postseason appearance was a bad home defeat to the New York Jets in 2010. The Chargers replied to that loss by giving Turner a deal extension.

But, Smith has suffered criticism for the erosion of talent from a paysheet that at a previous time was considered among the NFL’s best.

Smith has been the Chargers ‘ CEO for 9 seasons from 2003 to 2011. San Diego has won 88 games and 5 AFC West titles during that period.

Outside linebacker Larry English has been hurt and has only 7 sacks in 29 games in 3 seasons. Cornerback Antoine Cason was demoted after allowing three touchdown catches by Plaxico Burress in a defeat at the Jets. Defensive end Corey Liuget had a calm rookie season.

Turner is 49-31 in five seasons with the Chargers but just 3-3 in the playoffs.

“Regardless the number of wins we have had, the net result is it doesn’t mean anything unless you win a championship,” Spanos announced. “That’s our aim and I’m committed to winning a Super Bowl title for San Diego.”

Spanos emphasized in the team’s declaration that winning a title — not just regular-season games — is the organization’s objective.


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