Wednesday, January 2, 2008

A.J. Smith's new contract: Good! Bad!

The good news is the bad news for the Chargers.

The good news is that general manager A.J. Smith has been signed through 2014. And, yes, that’s the bad news.

On the good side, Smith seems to have a great ability to secure great players.

Trading Eli Manning on draft day 2004 for what turned out to be Philip Rivers, Shawne Merriman and Nate Kaeding was brilliant.

Bringing in Keenan McCardell in the middle of the 2004 season and Chris Chambers the middle of this season were both strokes of brilliance. Taking a chance on Antonio Cromartie in the first round of the 2006 draft looks superb right now.

Then there’s the personality.

Smith has run off such mainstays as Drew Brees, Donnie Edwards and Marty Schottenheimer with his piranha personality.

In the future, the Chargers can only hope Smith continues to make above average personality evaluations.

But on the other hand, he may even be more likely to run quality people off with his lack of people skills now that he has the longest-term contract in the organization.

We’ll see.


kareem said...

It seems like the ownership does not agree with your view on this man since they signed him to a long term deal. What is up with the Chargers ownership? Do they not see what this man is doing to the organization. Evidently not.

TylerShowBOOM said...

I can appreciate your concern, as I, too, like Drew, Donnie, and, to a lesser extent, Marty. However, It seems that A.J. has continued to make all the right moves for the organization, including the acquisition of depth at major positions that has paid off so well in th postseason. This is a business, and sometimes nice guys (like the aforementioned ones) need to be moved along to make way for a championship-caliber group. Just my opinion...