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SBD/January 3, 2013/Franchises
Chargers Tab Former Packers GM Wolf As Consultant In Search For Smith's Replacement
Published January 3, 2013
HUMBLE UPON EXIT: The UNION-TRIBUNE's Acee in a separate piece wrote Smith was "humble and forthright about his feelings of failure after 10 seasons and no Super Bowls, despite presiding over the most successful decade in Chargers history." But he also was "evasive as ever, especially in matters pertaining to" John Spanos and Turner. In fact, he was at times, "uncharacteristically, downright politically correct," which in itself "speaks to the humility he showed." Smith said, "It's tough. I've seen a lot of people go through this over my many years in the league. Now it's my turn. This is the life I’ve chosen, and there is a price to pay when you don’t win. ... The part that hurts the most is I was given an opportunity and responsibility to chart a course that would deliver a Super Bowl trophy for Dean, his family and the fans. I failed to get the job done. I don’t like losing, and I don’t like failing. This will sting for a while." Smith, when asked who he thought would be the next Chargers GM, added, "I don’t know, but I have recommended [Chargers' Dir of Player Personnel] Jimmy Raye. I have recommended Jimmy twice before on other jobs, but it did not work out for him. Maybe my third recommendation is the charm." When asked if he would entertain the idea of working in the media, Smith said, "You have to know everything about everything to have a job like that. I'm not qualified to enter that line of work" (UTSANDIEGO.com, 12/31).