San Diego Chargers fans are frustrated over the decision by team owner Dean Spanos to retain head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith for another season. The San Diego Chargers failed to reach post season play for the second consecutive season in 2011. One Chargers fan was so outraged over the team’s decision to retain Turner and Smith, he took out a newspaper advertisement.
Nick Esayiam, a race car driver took out a $900 dollar advertisement in the North County Times newspaper and scribed an open letter to the team’s president.
“Your decision to retain Mr. Turner and Mr. Smith after a second year of missing the playoffs, is a commitment to failure and a poor business decision. If your goal is to move the Chargers to Los Angeles or elsewhere, you’ve just ‘sealed the deal’ for such a move. It is not too late to admit your mistake, bring in a staff that CAN win and give San Diegans what they deserve. A winner”, Esayiam wrote.
This is the overwhelming feeling from the Chargers fan base and the team is going to have to be uncharacteristically active in the free agency period in order to try to win back the fan base. If Norv Turner fails to reach the playoffs in 2012, the Chargers will have no other option than to release both Turner and Smith heading into the 2013 season.
San Diego has been very vocal about the desire for a new stadium and they have an option each year to opt out of their stadium contract but they have decided to remain in San Diego in Qualcomm stadium for the 2012 season. A move which was announced earlier this month.
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