Talks of former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith to the San Diego Chargers are increasing, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Chargers fired head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith on Black Monday and have been seeking a replacement for both.
In his nine seasons with the Bears, Lovie Smith compiled an 81-63 record and was 3-3 in the playoffs. He had one year left on his contract and did not live up to expectations after leading his team to the Super Bowl in the 2006 season. Fired in part due to a weak offensive line play, he would join a team featuring a franchise quarterback in Philip Rivers.The Chargers are first seeking a replacement GM. On Thursday, they had a four-man committee on the East Coast searching for the suitable candidate. Once hired, the new GM will also be part of the hiring process for a new head coach.
Austin Chang is a writer for Sports Out West and a San Francisco Bay Area-based sports journalist. His work can also be found on Yahoo! Sports and Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.