December 2012 - Los Angeles Chargers Wiretap

Chargers Fire Turner, Smith

Dec 31, 2012 1:05 PM

The San Diego Chargers have fired head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith.

“I thank A.J. and Norv for the determination and integrity they brought to the Chargers each and every day,” said Dean 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.”

Smith joined the Chargers as assistant general manager in 2001 before becoming general manager in 2003.

Turner had a 59-43 record with the Chargers.

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Turner Expects To Be Fired By Chargers

Dec 31, 2012 12:39 AM

Coach Norv Turner expects to be fired Monday morning, according to an report.

Turner watched his Chargers beat the Raiders 24-21 on Sunday and miss the playoffs for the third straight season. The only thing left is a final team meeting Monday morning.

"Obviously, we're going to meet with the team and I'm sure they'll start looking for a new coach," said Turner, who has one year left on his contract, at $3M.

Team president Dean Spanos said he'd have something to say on Monday.

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Chargers Likely To Hire GM Before Coach

Dec 29, 2012 5:56 PM

Chargers chairman of the board and president Dean Spanos will be transitioning out of his position overseeing football operations in the next few years, with his son, director of college scouting John Spanos, being moved into that spot.

The Chargers are expected to part ways with both general manager A.J. Smith and head coach Norv Turner.

Sources say the Chargers prefer to hire a new GM first before conducting a coaching search.

The Chargers' director of player personnel Jimmy Raye is expected to be a leading candidate to become GM.

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Full List Of 2012 Pro Bowlers

Dec 27, 2012 12:10 PM

The following players have been voted to the 2012 Pro Bowl.

AFC Offense

Quarterbacks — Tom Brady, New England Patriots; Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos; Matt Schaub, Houston Texans

Running backs — Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs; Arian Foster, Houston Texans; Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

Fullback — Vonta Leach, Baltimore Ravens

Wide receivers — A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals; Andre Johnson, Houston Texans; Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts; Wes Welker, New England Patriots

Tight ends — Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots; Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

Tackles — Duane Brown, Houston Texans; Ryan Clady, Denver Broncos; Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns; Marshall Yanda, Baltimore Ravens

Guards — Logan Mankins, New England Patriots; Wade Smith, Houston Texans

Centers — Chris Myers, Houston Texans; Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC Defense

Ends — Elvis Dumervil, Denver Broncos; Cameron Wake, Miami Dolphins; J.J. Watt, Houston Texans

Interior linemen — Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals; Haloti Ngata, Baltimore Ravens; Vince Wilfork, New England Patriots

Outside linebackers — Tamba Hali, Kansas City Chiefs; Robert Mathis, Indianapolis Colts; Von Viller, Denver Broncos

Inside/middle linebackers — Derrick Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs; Jerod Mayo, New England Patriots

Cornerbacks — Champ Bailey, Denver Broncos; Antonio Cromartie, New York Jets; Johnathan Joseph, Houston Texans

Strong safeties — Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs; LaRon Landry, New York Jets

Free safety — Ed Reed, Baltimore

AFC Specialists

Placekicker — Phil Dawson, Cleveland Browns

Punter — Dustin Colquitt, Kansas City Chiefs

Kick returner — Jacoby Jones, Baltimore Ravens

Special team — Matthew Slater, New England Patriots

NFC Offense

Quarterbacks — Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins; Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers; Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Running backs — Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers; Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks; Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

Fullback — Jerome Felton, Minnesota Vikings

Wide receivers — Victor Cruz, New York Giants; Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions; Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons; Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

Tight ends — Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons; Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

Tackles — Russell Okung, Seattle Seahawks; Joe Staley, San Francisco 49ers; Trent Williams, Washington Redskins

Guards — Jahri Evans, New Orleans Saints; Mike Iupati, San Francisco 49ers; Chris Snee, New York Giants

Centers — Jeff Saturday, Green Bay Packers; Max Unger, Seattle Seahawks

NFC Defense

Ends — Jared Allen, Minnesota Vikings; Julius Peppers, Chicago Bears; Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants

Interior linemen — Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Henry Melton, Chicago Bears; Justin Smith, San Francisco 49ers

Outside linebackers — Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers; Aldon Smith, San Francisco 49ers; DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys

Inside/middle linebackers — NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco 49ers; Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers

Cornerbacks — Tim Jennings, Chicago Bears; Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals; Charles Tillman, Chicago Bears

Strong safeties — Donte Whitner, San Francisco 49ers

Free safeties — Dashon Goldson, San Francisco 49ers; Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks

NFC Specialists

Placekicker — Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings

Punter — Thomas Morstead, New Orleans Saints

Kick returner — Leon Washington, Seattle Seahawks

Special team — Lorenzo Alexander, Washington Redskins

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Report: Norv Turner Wouldn't Take Jets' OC Job

Dec 19, 2012 6:26 PM

Norv Turner is expected to have his pick at least five offensive coordinator jobs this offseason.

Turner is unlikely to be retained by the San Diego Chargers.

Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune reports that Turner wouldn't "choose to live/work" for in New York, taking the Jets out of consideration.

Kevin Acee/San Diego Union-Tribune

Tags: New York Jets, San Diego Chargers, Misc Rumor

Jets Bench Mark Sanchez

Dec 18, 2012 4:54 PM

Jets head coach Rex Ryan made the dramatic but expected decision Tuesday, benching Mark Sanchez, the only starting quarterback he's had in four years.

Ryan will give Greg McElroy his first career start Sunday at home against the Chargers, according to an report.

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