SAN DIEGO - Speculation whether Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner and General Manager A.J. Smith will return for the 2012 season ended Tuesday.
Chargers President Dean Spanos officially announced that Smith and Turner would be returning for the 2012 season.
“Bottom line, I believe these two men give us the best chance to get back to the playoffs,” the Spanos said. “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."
Smith has been the general manager for the Chargers since 2003 and the team has won 88 games and five AFC West titles during his tenure.
During Turner's reign as head coach, the team has a 52-34 overall record, the best overall winning percentage in franchise history.
“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,” Spanos said.
The decision left many fans disappointed. Fan message boards and sports talk radio shows were filled with frustration over the move.
However, Rachel Herman, a longtime Chargers supporter, had a different take.
"It's a hard decision for Dean Spanos and his camp," Herman said as her son, in a Philip Rivers jersey, played football nearby, "Definitely it's not going to be popular. I hope people will give them a chance."