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A.J. Smith, Jon Gruden Could Form New GM-Coach Partnership With St. Louis Rams

If Gruden and Smith join the Rams, that makes the other half of the state much more interesting than they were before, while it also hurts a Chargers team that shouldn't need a complete overhaul in a winnable division.

The San Diego Chargers have been the class of the AFC West for the last decade with the addition of Philip Rivers as starting quarterback and the savvy drafting of A.J. Smith. However, Kevin Acee is reporting that changes might even be coming to the division's powerhouse team as Dean Spanos, the owner, might clean house of both head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith. Consequently, Smith might already have a new home with the St. Louis Rams, a move that might come with a head coach in tow with Jon Gruden being the new rumor.

Acee reports, "People familiar with Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s plans said Monday that Kroenke is waiting for Spanos to make a move on Smith. If Smith is available, league and agent sources strongly indicated that Smith will be hired as Rams’ general manager and bring along Jon Gruden as head coach. Sources said Gruden has decided to return to coaching in 2012 and that his current employer, ESPN, is already preparing for his departure."

If Gruden and Smith join the Rams, that makes the other half of the state much more interesting than they were before, while it also hurts a Chargers team that shouldn't need a complete overhaul in a winnable division.