A.J. Smith: Swallow Your Pride Already!

OliviaCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2009

SAN DIEGO - MAY 03: Head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith of the San Diego Chargers watch practice during minicamp at the Chargers training facility on May 3, 2009 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Terrell/Getty Images)

Once again the San Diego Chargers have dug themselves a hole early in the season. Last year the team had a miraculous comeback that was quite frankly, a miracle. The team better not count on that to happen again because I can tell you now, it’s not going to.

The problem isn't the players be any means. That team has some of the greatest talent in the league. What the problem is, is the coach and in a way, the GM.

Norv Turner has year after year started out slow and had to climb back up the food chain. He has led the Chargers to two straight AFC West titles and playoff appearances but has yet to lead them to "the promise land".

To me, Norv is clearly the problem. He has no discipline, bad play calling, bad time management, no emotion whatsoever, and believe me, I could go on.

No emotion is definitely one of his biggest problems. A team needs a leader that has emotion and since he has extremely little, the team lacks in that area at times too.

Look at Josh McDaniels. This guy has a tone of emotion, probably Norv's is hidden in his, and look what his team, the Denver Broncos, have been doing.

Unfortunately for the Chargers, the Broncos are in their division and are kicking their butts (sorry for the lack of a better expression). McDaniels has them believing that they can do what they put their minds to and it has worked, their record of 6-0 proving it.

I am not saying the team hasn't had success with Norv, however. They have done tremendous things under his "rule". But really, they get nowhere once a little way into the playoffs.

I am also not saying that Norv isn't a brilliant offensive coordinator. He has a mind for an offense and that is clearly where he belongs: as a coordinator, not a head coach.

So a change is overdue. A.J. Smith needs to open his eyes, swallow his pride, and make some changes. Yes, A.J. has an amazing gift in recognizing talent (I could name many players that he has found) but apparently he has no talent in picking coaches.

It is so sad seeing this tremendously talented team struggle and lose. They have the talent to do great things and although they have, haven't quite been able to finish and make it to the Super Bowl.

A.J. is always saying how the Super Bowl is his main goal and that he wants to win one for the organization and community. If he really wants to do that, he needs to make some obvious changes that just might be holding his team back.

Unfortunately for us, A.J. is the one who brought in Norv. Even from the start it wasn't a good idea and quite frankly, he is lucky that his decision hasn't turned out worse than what it has come to over the years.

A.J. has made bad decisions in the past. He has traded star players and he hasn't exactly taken advantage of a little thing called "trade". He can't rely on rookies for everything.

Even if rookies have amazing talent that can help a team, they need veterans helping them through the transition from college to the pros and season. The rooks need guidance which a lot don’t have due to the cuts of many veterans; A.J.’s decisions.

Since A.J. brought in Norvy, as I call him, he has failed to admit the mistake he has made. At times, I almost want the Chargers to do poorly just so A.J. has no choice but to fire Norv.

It sounds horrible but seriously, what is it going to take to get rid of Norv Turner?

The team has been extremely lucky that they have been in a weak division. Their luck nearly ran out last year and this year, it flat out has.

The Chargers just played a MUST win game and what did they do, lost. They may have just waved goodbye to the playoffs and hello to their couches in January.

So clearly, there needs to be a change. Maybe not just in the coaching staff, some positions need a little help too. That is definitely not putting the coaches off the hook, however.

We also can't put all the blame on Norv. Other coaches are to blame here too. But then again, all of those coaches fall under Norv; therefore, Norv makes the final say.

The Chargers desperately need some changes and hopefully some will come in the near future. Until then, the Chargers need to make the best out of the situation they are in (which is not a good one) and try their best to finish out the season strong.