Former Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith was in Indianapolis, though I never ran into him and he didn't return a call. He was in town to talk with three teams about jobs in their personnel department -- the Kansas City Chiefs due to a relationship with Andy Reid, the New England Patriots based on a relationship with Bill Belichick and the Washington Redskins, due to ties with General Manager Bruce Allen and owner Dan Snyder. Word is Smith will join the Redskins soon as an adviser/consultant in the personnel department. Smith's son, Kyle, is a scout for the Redskins. Smith has laid extremely low since being fired the day after the season. But he did have a preliminary interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars, which I'm told is the only GM job he coveted. He actually had three more job offers as well, but he was in Indianapolis to finalize something with the Chiefs, Patriots or Redskins.
Here's the full bio on A.J. Smith, who was fired after this season. Some highlights:
- Further, before Smith was named general manager, the Chargers had not been to the playoffs or had a winning record for seven consecutive seasons. Going into 2012, the Chargers have assembled a string of eight straight seasons without a losing record.