The Chargers were touted as Super Bowl contenders prior to the 2010 season. After some well publicized contract battles with Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeil and the Chargers failure to make the playoffs, there are many that feel General Manager A.J. Smith is on the hot seat.
“I hear it’s hot, but in my own way, I take care of the hot seat I’m in,” Smith said in an interview with Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I have a small fan under my desk that cools down my seat and makes it tolerable so I can work. I have a refrigerator right here, and if it gets really hot, I leave the door open for about 20 minutes. Between the two of ’em, I get by.
“The seat was hot the day I was hired as general manager. That’s the way I look at it. I just do my job. I don’t care if it’s hot or cold. It’s up to Dean Spanos to tell me which one it is. It’s exciting when Dean asks me what my plans are for the year. It means I’m coming back.”
Smith jokes, adding, “I tend to dismiss negativity,” but depending on whom you talk to — and I’m not one you should talk to — you could barbecue a side of beef on his rear end.
“I always start off thinking we’re not good enough,” he says. “The Green Bay Packers won 10 games last year but were good enough. We weren’t even good enough to win our division. We didn’t go to the playoffs. It’s absolutely unacceptable. Now, what do we do about it?”