After a second consecutive season of disappointment, the San Diego Chargers’ front office decided to clean house starting with head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith.
The firings of Turner and Smith were thought to be long overdue with the combination of the two failing to improve the team or increases the team’s chances of finally reaching its potential.
With the Chargers hiring Mike McCoy as the new head coach and Ken Whisenhunt as offensive coordinator, the team will take on another approach next season with offense more than likely a priority.
One rumor that has started to circulate with following the hiring of Whisenhunt is the Chargers targeting six-time Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald via trade. Fitzgerald is going nowhere with the Arizona Cardinals and San Diego might be able to pull off a deal to acquire the superstar wide receiver according to Bill Williamson of ESPN.com:
Fitzgerald is tied to new San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. He was Fitzgerald’s longtime head coach in Arizona. New San Diego quarterbacks coach Frank Reich was Fitzgerald’s position coach last season. Fitzgerald’s father tweeted Friday that his son was a fan of Reich, and it was a good hire for the Chargers.
The Chargers are already on the positive side of things with franchise quarterback Philip Rivers a fan of the McCoy hiring and the longtime starter would more than likely be elated if the team could pull off a trade for Fitzgerald during the off-season.
The acquisition of Fitzgerald might be a stretch for the Chargers’ front office with the veteran receiver’s huge contract. The Cardinals may be interested in a deal for Fitzgerald with the team basically having to start over next season with need for a quarterback and a overhaul of the squad in order to compete with the competition in the NFC West, but it remains to be seen if the Chargers will be able to offer enough to intrigue the Cardinals.