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Chargers GM focuses on depth of field

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Nov 7, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

    By Nick Canepa

    <font class="newstext"><img width="186" height="198" align="left" alt="A.J. Smith" title="A.J. Smith" src="http://media.scout.com/Media/Image/31/319256.jpg" /> His last name isn't Spanos, so A.J. Smith can't claim Chargers ownership. It's just his football team, that's all. The general manager is the contractor, the supplier, whatever. The retailer/wholesaler, that's it. A.J. Costco. He procures brand names, in bulk. </font>

    <font class="newstext">One massive thumbprint sits on Chargerville's roof, and it belongs to A.J. Smith. On Sunday's 53-man roster, 46 players had been acquired by Smith during his three-plus years on the job. It's easier to list the seven he didn't bring in: LaDainian Tomlinson, Quentin Jammer, Donnie Edwards, David Binn, Jamal Williams, Eric Parker and Carlos Polk. </font>

    <font class="newstext">Among the 24 starters – including punter Mike Scifres and kicker Nate Kaeding, both Smith draftees – tailback Tomlinson, receiver Parker, nose tackle Williams and linebacker Edwards were not acquired by Smith. Among those, only Williams, a Bobby Beathard nugget, was here before Smith arrived in 2001 (serving as the late GM John Butler's assistant). </font>

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