Originally written October 18, 2012 on Down and Distance:
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Well, there can’t be too many positive things to say about the San Diego Chargers and the pathetic second-half meltdown on Monday Night. The talk on sports radio has been that head coach Norv Turner and general manager AJ Smith are dead men walking and it would be a miracle if they keep their jobs at the end of the season – if they even make it that far. AJ Smith himself agrees, and had some harsh words for the team via U-T San Diego. AJ Smith isn’t shying away from the fact that his time may be up soon in San Diego (AP Photo) “I take full responsibility for the present mess this team is in at this point in time,” Smith said. “The construction and direction of this organization is on my watch. In the next 10 games we will either rally and see a slow, steady rise from the ashes to a division championship or the beginning of a new era in Chargers’ football.” He continued by saying that the players and coaches are good, but they just can’t get it together. “We have some outstanding, talented players on this team and some outstanding coaches across the board,” said Smith. “But obviously we cannot play as a team. We appear to not be able to handle adversity or finish games. Individual and team confidence appears to be going south.” The team looked good early on, which is a change-of-pace for them, but things turned for the worst, and in a quick way for Smith and company. “It was an embarrassing and humiliating performance by a team going in the wrong direction fast,” Smith said. “We have dropped three out our last four games (and lost) on back-to-back national broadcasts. We are about as low as a team can get right now and going into the longest bye we will ever experience.” The AFC West was supposed to be one of the more intriguing divisions in the league this year, but so far it’s been a disappointment. It’s up for grabs, but not one team has really cemented who they are – they have no identities. It seems each week a different team takes the field and they aren’t consistent, but one thing is for sure – the Chargers have to figure things out and make the postseason, or there will be a major overhaul in sunny San Diego.   The post Chargers GM AJ Smith puts the team on blast going into the bye appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE.
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