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Smith is playing for keeps

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://www.boston.com/sports/articles/2007/06/24/signs_of_life_in_the_desert/?page=2" target="_blank">The Boston Globe</a>

    <img src="http://i1.chargers.com/assets/177/32913_699w393h.jpg" title="AJ Smith" alt="AJ Smith" align="left" height="198" width="177" />The bar is high in San Diego, where the Chargers posted a league-best 14-2 record last year but have undergone significant coaching turnover. General manager A.J. Smith hears chatter that the Chargers are a top AFC team, but he believes nothing will matter until the team gets it done in January and February.

    "We need to do something here postseason-wise," he said. "We appreciate all the accolades, and it's all great, but we're 0-2 in postseason play [in Smith's GM tenure]. I don't like it. So we'll see if we can get in the tournament and we'll see what happens."

    The straight-forward Smith has also spoken freely regarding running back Michael Turner's situation. Turner, a four-year veteran who as a restricted free agent drew interest from a few teams, was dangled in trade talks.

    But Smith didn't receive the compensation he desired and pulled Turner who totaled 502 yards on 80 carries in backup duty to LaDainian Tomlinson -- off the market.

    If a team suddenly has a need for a running back, would Smith consider reopening trade talks?

    "No, we're done," he fired back last week. "A lot of people don't believe me. It was hot and heavy there for a while, there's no question about it, but we made the decision that we're taking him off the market through October.

    "I made it clear that if a team loses a running back during the preseason or in September or October, do not call the Chargers about Michael Turner. I wanted our mind-set to be clear: He's a member of the Chargers as a kickoff returner and backup to LT."

    But why would Smith close the door if a team were willing to meet his prior demands?

    "I don't want to fool around on a day-to-day basis," he said. "If someone met the demands before, we got together as an organization and said we would be willing to get a couple of draft picks and not have the services of Michael Turner.
    <p align="left">"The price was high, but it didn't work out. Now we're not turning back."<img src="http://bolttalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/wow_2.gif" alt="wow" align="left" /></p>

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