San Diego Chargers: Norv Turner and A.J. Smith Reportedly to Be Let Go

Mike WalkuskyContributor IDecember 6, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 18:  San Diego Chargers Gerneral Manager A.J. Smith attends LaDainian Tomlinson's announcement of his retirement from professional football, after signing a one-day contract with the San Diego Chargers and being immediately released by the club, on June 18, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
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San Diego Chargers fans, rejoice! 

Kevin Acee of the The U-T San Diego has reported that, according to sources, A.J. Smith and Norv Turner will both be shown the door at the end of the 2012 season:

Not only will head coach Norv Turner be gone at the end of the season, but general manager A.J. Smith will be fired as well, as the Chargers make a monumental break from an era that was arguably the most successful and most disappointing in team history.

Letting go of Turner was expected, but firing Smith was an uncertainty until today.


Acee goes on to speculate that current Director of Player Personnel Jimmy Raye will be the next general manager. That speculation is a confirmation of Chris Mortensen's earlier report that Jimmy Raye might be Smith's successor (via ESPN).

If Raye is promoted to the GM position, John Spanos—current Director of College Scouting—will likely become the new Director of Player Personnel.

John Spanos is the son of Chargers President and CEO Dean Spanos.

Chargers fans might not be happy that the team will be promoting in-house to replace Smith. On the bright side, fans have to be happy that Raye learned what not to do as a GM while observing Smith.

Smith's hardheadedness damaged the Chargers over the past few years, and it's about time they sent him packing.

There's no guarantee that the next regime in San Diego will be better than Turner and Smith. However, that doesn't matter at this point.

All that matters is that Turner and Smith wore out their welcome years ago, and Dean Spanos finally realized that it was time to give them their walking papers.

This news is the best thing that has happened to Chargers fans since the Chargers reached the 2009-2010 playoffs. 

Now that Acee has reported that the Chargers will bring in a new head coach, it is time for all of San Diego to endlessly gossip about who will be Turner's replacement.

There's really nothing else for Chargers fans to talk about at this point of the season.