Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/6/13
Norv Turner has (finally) been fired, much to the joy of San Diego fans everywhere, thus leading to the question of who will take the helm for next season and beyond.In addition to Turner, six other head coaches were given their walking papers following the end of the regular season: Andy Reid, Lovie Smith, Romeo Crennel, Pat Shurmur, Ken Whisenhunt, and Chan Gailey.Reid was out of contention rather early, having signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. Jon Gruden has allegedly said that he would return to coaching if the "right opportunity" presented itself despite his contract with ESPN that would keep him in the Monday Night Football booth through 2016.While Chargers' fans would love Gruden, the chances of his return to the field remain rather slim.UCLA head coach and former Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora has been rumored to be on the Chargers' consideration list; however, his 32-34 NFL record is far from stellar and San Diego has had enough mediocrity over the past several seasons.Former Bears' head coach Lovie Smith has also been mentioned; however, Smith is a defensive coordinator whose 4-3 defensive ideology conflicts with the Chargers' talent and current defensive coordinator John Pagano's 3-4 scheme. Penn State's Bill O'Brien was also on San Diego's list; however, after interviewing with the Cleveland Browns, O'Brien reported that he would remain at Penn State.Granted, San Diego's first task is to hire a new GM to replace A.J. Smith; however, there are a few potential coaches out there who may just be a decent fit for the Chargers.   
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