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Report: San Diego Chargers interested in Lovie Smith

Lovie Smith has piqued the Buffalo Bills' interest, but they aren't the only NFL team hoping to speak with the coach recently fired by the Chicago Bears.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the San Diego Chargers would like to meet with Smith about replacing Norv Turner, who was fired Monday along with general manager A.J. Smith.

The Chargers on Thursday dispatched a four-man committee to the East Coast in search of their next GM, a team source told NFL.com's Albert Breer. That places the head-coaching quest on hold for now.

San Diego hopes to have a new GM in place by the middle of next week, in time to join the coaching search with chairman Dean Spanos, director of college scouting John Spanos, assistant GM Ed McGuire and consultant Ron Wolf.

Lovie to the Chargers is an interesting concept. The Bears sent Smith packing because he couldn't make it work with a franchise quarterback behind a spotty offensive line. That sounds awfully close to what drove people nuts about Turner.

Smith's future is anyone's guess, but when San Diego gets its ducks in a row, the Chargers would like to chat.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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