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Smith's Genius at Work in Chargers' Surge

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by boltssbbound, Nov 16, 2006.

  1. boltssbbound

    boltssbbound Well-Known Member

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    http://www.nbcsports.com/nfl/410202/detail.html

    Smith's genius at work in Chargers' surge
    By Tom Curran
    NBCSports.comPosted: Nov.15, 2006, 3:47 pm EST
    When casting a vote for the San Diego Chargers 2006 MVP, throw a nod to Eli Manning.

    It should be remembered that, had Manning and his "camp" not declared before the 2004 draft that he wouldn't play for San Diego, the fortunes of the Chargers today might be different. There'd be no Philip Rivers at quarterback or Shawne Merriman at outside linebacker or Nate Kaeding at kicker.

    LaDainian TomlinsonDavid Kohl/APLaDainian Tomlinson is 68 short of a thousand yards rushing, with seven games to go. He has yet to finish a season with fewer than 1,236 yards on the ground.
    And this Chargers team probably wouldn't be as hot as any club in the league, carrying a 7-2 record into this week's Sunday Night Football showdown with Denver for first place in the AFC West. So credit Manning.

    And, while you're at it, credit San Diego's steel-stomached general manager A.J. Smith. He's the one who drafted Manning anyway then dealt him to the Giants for picks that turned out to be Rivers, Merriman and Kaeding.

    That's the signature deal of Smith's three-year run as Chargers GM. But it isn't the only master stroke he's had since being tabbed to replace John Butler as the team GM. Butler died from cancer on April 11, 2003 and was replaced by Smith 11 days later. Butler was frank, smart, affable and tough. And there's no question he'd be smiling at the work being done by his longtime friend and co-worker Smith.

    Because if any trait characterizes Smith's tenure in San Diego it would have to be his willingness to take the hard road if he feels it's the right one.

    "San Diego has done a great job of (showing guts)," said Chicago Bears GM Jerry Angelo. "They've taken risks and stood by their convictions and watched things come to fruition. I have nothing but the highest praise for what they've done as an organization."

    It was April 21, 2004 when Manning's agent, Tom Condon, called Smith and told him that Eli's father, Archie, didn't want Eli to go to San Diego.

    "He told me that Archie wishes that we do not select Eli and that they think he would be a good fit in New York (with the Giants)," Smith told the San Diego Union Tribune. "We understand his position and certainly understand his interest in New York, but we will do what we think is the best for the franchise, without a doubt. ... We had a good visit with Archie and expressed our vision for the future of this team and that there was a strong possibility that Eli might be picked by us with the first pick."

    Three days after Manning tried to play the Chargers' cards, Smith played them himself, selecting Manning and ignoring the PR embarrassment of having the No. 1 pick forcing a half-smile while holding up a Chargers' jersey.

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  2. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    Good read on AJ's prowess. :tup:

    This fugger is possessed. :bolt:
     
  3. boltssbbound

    boltssbbound Well-Known Member

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    Rivers, Hardwick, Olivea, Goff, McNeill, KMac, Floyd, VJ, Manu, Castillo, Igor, Phillips, Merriman, McCree, Scifers, Kaeding...AJ's fingerprints are all over this talented roster. :tup: :yes: :icon_banana:
     
  4. Kwak

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    Come on down compensation pick!!

    AJ is Ghod.
     
  5. WonderSlug

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    Just read this article. Right on! :tup: :yes:
     

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