GM A.J. Smith not hiding from truth

October, 18, 2012
10/18/12
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A.J. Smith is as blunt as they come. And he is also astute.

The general manager of the San Diego Chargers knows if his team doesn’t stop blowing big second-half leads, there will be wholesale changes at the end of the year, which would include him and coach Norv Turner losing their jobs. That has long been the deal. If the Chargers don’t make the playoffs, changes will be forthcoming after ownership gave both Turner and Smith an unexpected reprieve after they missed the playoffs in 2011 for the second straight season.

The Chargers are 3-3 and still very much in the playoff hunt. But they must find a way to stop blowing games and start finishing them. Smith gets it. Look what he told U-T San Diego columnist Kevin Acee:
“I take full responsibility for the present mess this team is in at this point in time,” Smith said. “The construction and direction of this organization is on my watch. In the next 10 games we will either rally and see a slow, steady rise from the ashes to a division championship – or the beginning of a new era in Chargers’ football.”

You can’t argue with his thought process. It’s either win or get replaced in San Diego.

In other AFC West news:

Former linebacker Bill Romanowski continues to be highly critical of Oakland middle linebacker Rolando McClain. Romanowski, a Bay Area NFL analyst, has long dogged McClain. McClain’s playing time dipped last week and he could potentially lose playing time to promising rookie Miles Burris when Aaron Curry returns from a knee injury.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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