Former Chargers general manager A.J. Smith was with the club for the past 10 years. For the first half the team was successful but struggles over the past several years but understands why he was fired by the team.
Smith, along with coach Norv Turner were both let go Monday in a wave of moves around the league.
“It’s tough. I’ve seen a lot of people go through this over my many years in the league,” Smith said. “Now it’s my turn. This is the life I’ve chosen, and there is a price to pay when you don’t win. We all understand that going in. … The part that hurts the most is I was given an opportunity and responsibility to chart a course that would deliver a Super Bowl trophy for Dean, his family and the fans. I failed to get the job done. I don’t like losing, and I don’t like failing. This will sting for a while. But you have to move on, and I will … This league is about building winning teams and winning Super Bowls. How much time you get to do that will be determined by owners. My time ran out in San Diego. I have no complaints. Dean has given me great support and all the financial means to be successful.”
“When you win, you do things right. When you lose, you do things wrong. Whatever we were all doing – front office, coaches, players – was not good enough. A new era in Chargers history is underway because of it – as it should be. Ultimately, it’s all my responsibility to make it happen. We are in a bottom line business. Results are the only things that matter. Get to the playoffs often, win in the playoffs and ultimately win a Super Bowl. Our last three years tells you Dean was right.”