Both men returned, and Turner remains squarely on the hot seat. Smith, on the other hand, might have more job security than you'd think.
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Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote a compelling column Thursday that opined Smith will keep his job even if the Chargers miss the playoffs for a third straight year. Chargers owner Dean Spanos credits Smith's for the franchise's turnaround from the dregs of the NFL, and the thinking is that he'll get a chance to hire a second coach eventually.
"I'm just familiar enough with the thinking of the man whose decision it is to feel pretty good in making my prediction that Smith won't need a real estate agent in January," Acee writes.