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Smith's backing enough to keep Turner safe

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By Michael Blunda

The way we hear it, Chargers president Dean Spanos' decision to retain head coach Norv Turner in 2011 has everything to do with Spanos' confidence in GM A.J. Smith. Despite this being called by many the most disappointing season in franchise history, Smith still believes that Turner is the best possible man for the job. We're told one of the reasons for this could be Turner's hands-off approach to personnel moves, which gives Smith total control over roster decisions. Another reason Turner will be back, though, is because he has the full respect of the locker room. And it didn't hurt his case that much of the team's turmoil in 2010 was out of his control. Although they came up short this season, the Chargers remain comfortable with the direction of the organization and would prefer not to blow things up and start from scratch. As long as Smith is in Turner's corner, it doesn't appear that Spanos will make a move.

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