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Chargers GM focuses on depth of field

Discussion in 'Latest Chargers News & Headlines' started by robdog, Nov 7, 2006.

  1. robdog

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    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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