The San Diego Chargers fired both head coach Norv Turner and General Manager A.J. Smith, the team announced Monday afternoon. Team President Dean Spanos said in the statement:
“I thank A.J. and Norv for the determination and integrity they brought to the Chargers each and every day,” said Spanos. “Both Norv and A.J. are consummate NFL professionals, and they understand that in this league, the bottom-line is winning. My only goal is the Super Bowl, and that is why I have decided to move in a new direction with both our head coach and general manager positions. I am committed to our great fans, and we will do whatever we possibly can to achieve that goal.”
Turner coached the Chargers for six seasons, taking over for Marty Schottenheimer in 2007. The team had five mediocre-to-good seasons before this one, when the Chargers finished with a 7-9 record – their worst mark since 2003 when the team went 4-12. Smith had been the team’s general manager since 2001, building teams that went to the playoffs five times through his tenure.