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Saturday, December 3, 2011
Report: A.J. Smith could be on the way out

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The San Diego Union-Tribune has an interesting story indicating general manager A.J. Smith could be fired along with coach Norv Turner after the season.

It is wildly expected that Turner will be fired and there have been speculation Smith could be in trouble as well. The Union-Tribune story quotes a source saying there's a 75 percent chance Smith will be fired.

If Smith is fired, the story reports, he’d be on the list of candidates in Oakland.

I think the Chargers' ownership feels the need to completely move away from this regime and start over even though firing Smith would be expensive. If Smith is fired, I could see the Chargers going for a big-name coach to lead the team, such as former Steelers coach Bill Cowher.

As for Smith ending up in Oakland, the Raiders would be wise to consider such an experienced leader as Smith. But I’m not sure that is the direction the Raiders would go. I could see them looking at a young personnel man to work in concert with coach Hue Jackson such as Green Bay personnel man Reggie McKenzie.

This will all occur down the road, but it is shaping up to be another interesting offseason in the division.

Meanwhile, Brandyn Dombrowski is doubtful to play Monday night at Jacksonville because of a foot injury. That means newly claimed tackle Jared Gaither could play more. Rookie defensive end Corey Liuget is questionable to play with a fibula issue.