The Kevin Acee nugget of the day........... There are people who think AJ tells me everything. But he is more protective of his secrets then the Chargers offensive line is of Philip Rivers, I'll tell you that. As the Chargers prepare to play Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, I was interested in Smith's take on the state of the team – the invisible pass rush and fragile pass protection, the running back who can either not get on or stay on the field, the receivers making a bunch of money and just a few catches. I asked if he and Spanos had discussed Norv Turner’s future and Philip Rivers’ present. Given the Chargers' perch on the brink of elimination, I asked Smith what he thought Spanos thought of the players Smith had brought in. “Dean and I are disappointed in our record and the position we find ourselves in at the present time,” Smith said. “We talk all the time. We talk about the now, we talk about winning the next game. The season is underway and unfolding with twists and turns on a weekly basis. We want to play well and beat Denver. We want to stay in the race. “This is the only focus of the entire organization. This is our team for 2012, with a lot of football left to be played. We may very well be on the brink of elimination, as you say, but we may also find ourselves back in the thick of the race.” Yawn. About all I took from that is that Smith may be distancing himself from Norv Turner, ever-so-slightly. Notice that he and Dean are disappointed. Notice, too, that he points out “this is our team,” meaning his work is done. I might be reading into things, but I know the man pretty well.