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           === Chargers' Spanos responds to Turner, Smith rumors ===
 
 San  Diego,  CA (Sports  Network) -  San Diego  Chargers president Dean Spanos
 released  a statement on Thursday regarding recent reports surrounding the job
 statuses of head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith.
 
 According  to  the San Diego Union-Tribune,  the Chargers are expected to fire
 both  men  at the conclusion  of this season,  however, Spanos shot down those
 claims.
 
 "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," Spanos said. "I
 will  make  my evaluations at  the end of the  season. Anything coming out now
 from sources or otherwise is pure speculation."
 
 The  Chargers, who  began the season 3-1,  have lost seven of their past eight
 games,  including  four in  a row, and  will likely miss  the playoffs for the
 third straight year.
 
 
 
 
 12/06 19:07:22 ET