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Turner, A.J. survive in San Diego

After rampant speculation that the Chargers would make sweeping changes after an underachieving 8-8 season, team president Dean Spanos announced today that general manager A.J. Smith and head coach Norv Turner would return for the 2012 season. 

"Bottom line, I believe these two men give us the best chance to get back to the playoffs," Spanos said in the statement. “A.J. Smith is the best man to improve our roster, and Norv Turner is the best man to lead that roster on the field.

“Together, we have stability and experience that’s hard to find in the NFL.  They’ve both been in this league a long time.  I don’t think there is anything they haven’t seen or experienced.  They’ve led us through some difficult situations.

“As we’ve seen throughout Norv’s tenure and particularly this past season, the players believe in him, respect him and play hard for him.  When we went through that tough stretch, no one quit.  The team kept playing hard, and that’s a tribute to Norv’s leadership and the respect the players have for him.

“Now we will take a hard look at everything, from player evaluation to coaching to the rash of injuries we’ve suffered in recent years.  Injuries have killed us.  And no one is ever perfect in this business.  Player evaluation isn’t an exact science.  We need to improve across the board and I’m going to make sure we do.

“We all have our quirks and faults, but I want A.J. and Norv on my side.  They are the right men to help us win a championship.”

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