|It appears that Norv's days are numbered. (US Presswire)|
This shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody half-paying attention but Chargers general manager A.J. Smith and coach Norv Turner will be fired after the season, according to a report from UT-San Diego's Kevin Acee.
Sources said this week that Chargers President Dean Spanos essentially decided at least a month ago that Turner's time was drawing to a rapid close. Spanos, sources said, has more recently resigned himself to the fact that Smith can't be kept in the current environment of plummeting performance and fan unrest.
And unlike last year, when Spanos found enough reason for clemency in a strong finish and past accomplishments, those with knowledge of plans that are already in motion said it seems certain there will be no last-minute change of heart this time.
Ah, yes, last year. In January, days after the Chargers put the finishing touches on another disappointing season, Spanos shocked everybody (including Turner, we'd imagine) by choosing to do nothing.
Acee adds that Spanos is waiting until after the season to make the move not because he's holding out hope for an improbable Chargers playoff run but because that's his preferred time frame.
Shortly after Acee's report, the Chargers issued the following statement:
"There is only one person in this organization who will make those decisions and that's me, and I haven't shared my thoughts with anyone,” Spanos said. "I will make my evaluations at the end of the season. Anything coming out now -- from sources or otherwise -- is pure speculation."
Make of this what you will but we can't imagine a scenario where Turner returns. Which means this should give a fan base that hasn't had much to cheer about in recent years reason for (guarded) optimism. It should also officially usher in the, "So, Spanos is definitely hiring Andy Reid, right?" speculation.
Reid, of course, is still gainfully employed with the Eagles, but Philly is currently on an eight-game losing streak and Reid's job security has been an issue since before the season. If Reid does end up in San Diego, it'll be interesting to see how the coaching and personnel duties are divvied up; he's had a hand in such matters in Philly and we're guessing he's going to want similar control wherever he lands next.
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