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Norv Turner, A.J. Smith Survive 2011 Season With San Diego Chargers, Look For Change In 2012

Norv Turner did it again with the San Diego Chargers. After looking all but certain to be fired after an 8-8 season that included a six-game losing streak, Turner and general manager A.J.Smith will be retained for the 2012 season, reports Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Team president Dean Spanos wanted to wait until the end of the season to make a decision on the head coach and the general manager, which led Spanos to his decision:

Citing "stability" and his belief that Head Coach Norv Turner and General Manager A.J. Smith give the Chargers "the best chance to get back to the playoffs," Dean Spanos announced his decision on Tuesday that both men will return to the Chargers in 2012.

Spanos might just be trying to justify retaining his non-player personnel so that he doesn't need to pay them after firing them. Plus, there's always that thing about insanity: repeating the same thing over and over but expecting the outcome to change.

Turner and Smith have multiple years left on their contracts, which means we are likely in for another round of these rumors during the 2012 season.

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