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Spanos denies report that Smith and Turner will be fired


In response to the report from Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego that Chargers coach Norv Turner and G.M. A.J. Smith will get the boot, the man who would do the booting says the boot has not yet been broken out.

The Chargers have issued a statement from owner Dean Spanos denying the report.

“There is only one person in this organization who will make those decisions and that’s me, and I haven’t shared my thoughts with anyone,” Spanos says. “I will make my evaluations at the end of the season. Anything coming out now -- from sources or otherwise -- is pure speculation.”

In response to the response to his report, Acee has expressed skepticism, Twitter style: “Do I really need to say don’t put much stock in Dean Spanos’ statement about no decisions having been made/him not sharing his thoughts?”

No, you don’t. Smith already has made it clear that, if the team doesn’t make it to the playoffs, it will be time for a “new era in Chargers football.” Spanos said nothing at the time to correct the record.It’s now too late to put the termination notices back in the tube.