The Chargers have had trouble selling out games and President Dean Spanos’ decision to retain general manager A.J. Smith and coach Norv Turner might create more apathy with the fan base according to Tim Sullivan of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Spanos’ decision provoked sharp criticism and, in some quarters, mild shock. Various commentators charged Spanos with a shortage of courage, a surplus of complacency, a commitment to mediocrity and a fear of his own shadow. Yet in light of the loud dissent and the potential backlash, Spanos’ stubborn stance may have been as audacious a move as he’s ever made.
“Obviously, I’m very sensitive to what the fans have to say,” Spanos told reporters summoned to a conference room at the Chargers’ Murphy Canyon complex. “I’ve come to the conclusion that I can talk until I’m blue in the face that this is the right thing to do, but until we go out and change the course of where this team has been heading, get back into the playoffs and make a serious run for the Super Bowl, anything short of that isn’t going to change their minds.”