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Serious Business: 12/28 San Diego Chargers Links

Spanos sees it’s time to sharpen the ax - Nick Canepa
Dean Spanos has spent about one-seventh of his life trying to get a new football stadium built in San Diego, and it’s been one giant tooth extraction without Novocain, painful and frustrating. But give the man credit. He’s stayed the course.

Eliminated Chargers hope to avoid losing record - Bernie Wilson
Eliminated from playoff contention and with their coach and general manager possibly headed for the unemployment line, all the San Diego Chargers can do now is try to ruin rival Oakland’s season and avoid their first losing record since 2003.

The last "hot seat" of the 2011 season - Mike Florio
Every week during the NFL season, we devote a portion of PFT Live to the coaching hot seat. Since the season ends on Sunday, this will be the final hot seat of the season.

Business as usual for Turner - Scott Bair
Norv Turner's latest press conference was a strange one. It was surprisingly short, with long gaps between questions from media members that seemed generally unsure of what to ask.

AFC West Stock Watch - Bill Williamson
After the first three games of December, there was talk that Turner may be saving his job. The San Diego Chargers were 3-0 for the month and were dominating opponents. Well, the domination is over and so is Turner’s new-found job security. The Chargers were eliminated from the playoff picture with a 38-10 loss to the Detroit Lions Saturday. The Turner-is-going-to-be-fired watch is on full alert again.

What is A.J. Smith's future? - Bill Williamson
Perhaps San Diego management will read that news and think a Smith-Gruden pairing could work in San Diego. ESPN released a statement saying Gruden remains committed to being part of the "Monday Night Football" broadcasting team.