There was talk earlier this season that A.J. Smith might be in his final year with the Chargers. His influence on the coaching change following a 14-2 season seemed disastrous as the Chargers limped out of the gates at 1-3. Three months later, Smith signed a five-year extension that will keep him in San Diego through 2014.
January 1, 2008
The relationship between A.J. Smith and Marty Schottenheimer continues to worsen – assuming it hasn't hit rock bottom already. The two disagreed on whether to re-sign Drew Brees and again on whether to put Donnie Edwards on the trading block. The latest point of conflict is Schottenheimer's decision to decline an offer for a contract extension.
January 29, 2007
Chargers GM A.J. Smith seems to always make the right moves. He traded the maddeningly inconsistent Eli Manning for a trio of Pro Bowlers in Philip Rivers, Shawne Merriman and Nate Kaeding; he signed Marlon McCree as a free agent last offseason and the pass defense jumped 14 spots in the rankings; and he drafted well, from high picks like Luis Castillo to late ones like Shane Olivea.
January 4, 2007
It's always difficult to be a Chargers fan during the offseason. While most teams in the league are out spending their full allotment of salary cap stash, the Chargers are typically as tightfisted as bank teller in a blighted neighborhood. In 2005, the team's top free agent signing was free safety Bhawoh Jue.
September 28, 2006
I miss football. I think we all do at this point. That's the reason that my interest in the draft is piqued right now. That might sound blasphemous since this draft is particularly important for the Chargers. It's just that the selection process itself is simply a crapshoot. I think A.J. Smith, Buddy Nix and the rest of the crew know what they're doing.
April 29, 2006
Probably the most controversial topic regarding the San Diego Charger's, nowadays, is the ever-growing (though denied vehemently) rift between A.J. Smith and Marty Schottenheimer. Most people have their own opinions over who's right, wrong, or responsible for last year's disappointing season.
April 27, 2006
General manager A.J. Smith was the man at the wheel when the Chargers traded for quarterback Philip Rivers. Now, just a couple season later, Rivers is expected to take over the reigns of what had been a successful offense with Drew Brees at quarterback, which may not be what was wanted.
March 11, 2006