Chargers fire strength and conditioning staff MOBILE, Ala.— In the coming days, Mike McCoy plans to announce some changes to the Chargers staff. A new strength and conditioning team will be among them. Jeff Hurd, strength and conditioning coach, and Vernon Stephens, his assistant, have been fired, a source said Monday. They joined the organization in 2007, arriving with former coach Norv Turner. McCoy, hired last week as new Chargers coach, was asked directly Monday at the Senior Bowl about their dismissals. He confirmed them but declined to name the replacements. It is common for a head coach to bring his own strength and conditioning staff with him. He said the reason wasn't related to any of the team's previous injury issues. During the 2012 offseason, the Chargers underwent a self-study, comparing the frequency and nature of their player injuries to the rest of the league. The totals, while higher in 2011 than the league average, were not to the extent to suggest immediate change was needed. "I've had a plan in place for who I would hire for a staff for a long time," McCoy said.