The San Diego Chargers' decision to part ways with general manager A.J. Smith and head coach Norv Turner at the end of the 2012 season was already made. However, Sunday's 31-7 home loss to the Carolina Panthers does little in the way of providing assurance that these changes will spur positive results in 2013.
Widely considered one of the more talented teams in the NFL at the time, San Diego failed to capitalize on a window that saw the team win three AFC West titles to begin Turner's tenure.
The organization will now spend the first part of the offseason finding replacements for Smith and Turner, with both likely to be very quick decisions.
Here are five of the best candidates to take over the Chargers' head coaching job in 2013.