(NEW YORK) — After another lackluster season, the San Diego Chargers have taken action by firing head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith.
Despite having high expecations and a talented roster, Turner was never able to find much postseason success with the team.
After going 32-16 with three playoff appearances with the Chargers in his first three seasons with the team, he went just 24-24 with no playoff appearances over the past three seasons.
“Both Norv and A.J. are consummate professionals, and they understand that in this league, the bottom-line is winning,” Chargers president Dean Spanos said in a statement. “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.”
In Turner’s first season with the team, he reached the AFC Championship, but since then, the team has been on a steady decline.
Meanwhile, Smith has come under fire as of late for his personnel decisions. Over recent years, the team has lost Drew Brees, Michael Turner, Vincent Jackson, Antonio Cromartie, and LaDainian Tomlinson. San Diego went 7-9 this past season, there first losing season since 2003.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN