SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 18: Head Coach Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers argues with the referees during their NFL Game against the Baltimore Ravens on December 18, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Chargers Announce Norv Turner And GM A.J. Smith Will Return In 2012

Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith will return to the Chargers in 2012, team owner Dean Spanos announced on Tuesday.

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Greg Manusky Fired As Chargers Defensive Coordinator

The Chargers decided to keep head coach Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith but they won't keep defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, who has been fired.

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Norv Turner, A.J. Smith Returning To San Diego Chargers, Dean Spanos Announces

The San Diego Chargers will not be making a move at head coach or general manager, according to a statement from team owner Dean Spanos. The future of GM A.J. Smith and head coach Norv Turner had been in question after the Chargers missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Several weeks ago the vast majority of league observers would have predicted Turner, and even possibly Smith, would be fired. But in the last week we've seen momentum coming for both to return and, according to Spanos, they will. It was also believed Philip Rivers was strongly encouraging the team to retain Turner.

Here is Spanos' statement:

"Bottom line, I believe these two men give us the best chance to get back to the playoffs," Spanos said. "A.J. Smith is the best man to improve our roster, and Norv Turner is the best man to lead that roster on the field.

"Together, we have stability and experience that's hard to find in the NFL. They've both been in this league a long time. I don't think there is anything they haven't seen or experienced. They've led us through some difficult situations.

"As we've seen throughout Norv's tenure and particularly this past season, the players believe in him, respect him and play hard for him. When we went through that tough stretch, no one quit. The team kept playing hard, and that's a tribute to Norv's leadership and the respect the players have for him.

"Now we will take a hard look at everything, from player evaluation to coaching to the rash of injuries we've suffered in recent years. Injuries have killed us. And no one is ever perfect in this business. Player evaluation isn't an exact science. We need to improve across the board and I'm going to make sure we do.

"We all have our quirks and faults, but I want A.J. and Norv on my side. They are the right men to help us win a championship."

Check out SB Nation's Bolts From The Blue for the latest on the Chargers bringing Smith and Turner back.

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Norv Turner To Be Fired? Maybe Not

With all the firings occurring on "Black Monday" in the NFL, it looks like one coach most thought would be fired could be safe after all. Clark Judge of CBS Sports reports that it's very possible that San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith could stick around with the team.

Turner has two years left on his contract at $3 million per, and Smith has three years left at $2 million per season. According to the source, he believes that ownership is reluctant to fire each or both, then have to pay them.

But there's more to it than that. Quarterback Philip Rivers is a big fan of Turner and voiced his support Sunday for his embattled head coach. Team president Dean Spanos is reluctant to fire Turner, too, one reason he wants time to sit on the decision.

Chargers owner Alex Spanos backed off the feeling that Turner was as good as gone, stating that he would need a few days to evaluate his decision.

Check out SB Nation's Bolts From The Blue for more on Turner and where he stands as the Chargers head coach.

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Norv Turner Awaits Word On His Future As Chargers Head Coach

The Chargers season is over so the speculation now centers upon Norv Turner and his future as the Chargers head coach. Many around the league expect him to be fired.

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