San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith considers himself a loser for not bringing a Super Bowl title to Southern California, despite all of the teams they’ve had that have been loaded with talent.
“Dean’s let me come back for my 10th year and I haven’t won for him,” Smith says. “I think Dean made a tremendous statement staying the course, but I don’t know how that went over. He’s the owner and I have no complaints. None. And a lot of GMs can’t say that.
“But I got hired to win a world championship and I haven’t done it. In my view, it’s not going at all well. When I sit back and assess myself, I’m disappointed. Nine years and no world championship. Five trips to the postseason and five failures, and I don’t like it. It’s what drives me.”
“I’ve failed in every single attempt, and that kills me. I hate to lose. Hate it,” he says. “Do that and you’re a LOSER. Hopefully you get a chance to try again?”
Smith says when you haven’t won a Super Bowl, you’re a loser.
“When you don’t win a world championship, are you not a loser?” he says. “The New York Giants won the Super Bowl. Call me crazy, but everyone else lost. That’s all that matters to me.”
I completely agree with Smith, because I don’t agree with a lot of the moves or lack of moves that he’s made over the years and I can tell you that I don’t see the Chargers winning a Super Bowl with him.
One of the worst moves Smith made was firing former head coach Marty Schottenheimer after a 14-2 season in 2006 and then hiring Norv Turner who’s a horrible head, but great offensive coordinator.
San Diego better get ready for another mediocre season in 2012.