SAN DIEGO – Chargers coach Norv Turner told reporters Sunday after defeating the Oakland Raiders that he plans to meet with the team Monday and was expecting the team to start looking for a new head coach.
During the post-Raiders game press conference Sunday, a reporter asked Turner if that game was his last with the Chargers. He responded by saying the team would most likely start looking for his replacement soon.
“Obviously, we’re going to meet with the team and I’m sure they’ll start looking for a new coach,” said Turner.
The team ended their 2012 season Sunday with a 7-9 record, missing the playoffs for the third season in a row.
Rumors of Turner and the team’s general manager A.J. Smith’s firing sparked in early December when a Union Tribune sports reporter published an article stating team owner Dean Spanos had already decided on their fate in November, but was waiting to make the move until the end of the season.
Spanos quickly denied that U-T report by releasing this statement:
“There is only one person in this organization who will make those decisions and that’s me, and I haven’t shared my thoughts with anyone,” the statement reads. “I will make my evaluations at the end of the season. Anything coming out now – from sources or otherwise – is pure speculation.”
If the team does let both men go, they owe Smith $4 million for the remaining two years of his deal and Turner $3 million for his one remaining season.