Chargers general manager A.J. Smith heads into the 2011 season (if there is one, of course) with plenty of pressure after several playoff disappointments in San Diego in recent years. But the brash GM doesn't seem all that worried.
Hot seat? Not for Smith.
"I hear it’s hot, but in my own way, I take care of the hot seat I’m in,” Smith said, per Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union Tribune. "I have a small fan under my desk that cools down my seat and makes it tolerable so I can work. I have a refrigerator right here, and if it gets really hot, I leave the door open for about 20 minutes. Between the two of ’em, I get by."
Funny stuff, but not unexpected for Smith, who makes no apologies for any of his moves. And that includes firing Marty Schottenheimer and replacing him with Norv Turner, who has been just as unproductive in the playoffs as his predecessor.
"The seat was hot the day I was hired as general manager," Smith said. "That’s the way I look at it. I just do my job. I don’t care if it’s hot or cold. It’s up to Dean Spanos to tell me which one it is. It’s exciting when Dean asks me what my plans are for the year. It means I’m coming back."