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Old 01-02-2012, 03:26 PM   #120
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Signs improving for Norv Turner and A.J. Smith
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 2, 2012, 5:09 PM EST
A J Smith, Dean Spanos, Corey Liuget, Norv Turner AP

Chargers owner Dean Spanos said he needed a few days to think before making any decisions about coach Norv Turner and G.M. A.J. Smith.

That alone was a good sign for Turner. So was this quote from Spanos:

“It was really exciting,” Spanos said of Sunday’s win over the Raiders. “I’m really proud of them. I think it really shows how resilient they are, how hard they play for this coach.”

It sounds like there is a realistic chance for Turner and Chargers G.M. A.J. Smith to both stick around.

CBSSports.com’s Clark Judge has a ”source a source close to the Chargers organization” that believes Turner and general manager A.J. Smith will both be retained.

Considering Spanos’ remarks last night, that’s not exactly a shock. If Turner and Smith had no chance of both returning, they would already be fired.

Turner has two years left on his contract. Smith has three years left. Despite what most Chargers fan want, both men still have a chance to fulfill the rest of their deals.
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