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LOFTON GETS THE HEAVE-HO

Posted by Mike Florio on January 22, 2008, 4:40 p.m.

Chargers receivers coach James Lofton is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he has been considered in the past for head-coaching gigs.

But now, he s unemployed.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chargers fired Lofton on Tuesday. He got the news from head coach Norv Turner.

I don t have any idea, Lofton said as to the reason for the move. I was stunned. He just said he was going in a different direction.

It s possible (and we re only speculating here) that Lofton was trying to muster support to take over the team, in the event that Turner happened to be relieved of his duties at some point during the 2007 season. And it s possible that Turner caught wind of it, opting to bide his time until the season ended. Now that Turner has taken the team to an AFC title game, he can begin to impose his agenda.

Regardless of the actual reason for the termination, the move doesn t make much sense. Vincent Jackson has developed into the next great NFL receiver (along with Greg Jennings), and Chris Chambers recently said that Lofton is one of the greatest receiving coaches in the game.

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Jeremy Jones (1/22/2008)
LOFTON GETS THE HEAVE-HO

Posted by Mike Florio on January 22, 2008, 4:40 p.m.

Chargers receivers coach James Lofton is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he has been considered in the past for head-coaching gigs.

But now, he s unemployed.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chargers fired Lofton on Tuesday. He got the news from head coach Norv Turner.

I don t have any idea, Lofton said as to the reason for the move. I was stunned. He just said he was going in a different direction.

It s possible (and we re only speculating here) that Lofton was trying to muster support to take over the team, in the event that Turner happened to be relieved of his duties at some point during the 2007 season. And it s possible that Turner caught wind of it, opting to bide his time until the season ended. Now that Turner has taken the team to an AFC title game, he can begin to impose his agenda.

Regardless of the actual reason for the termination, the move doesn t make much sense. Vincent Jackson has developed into the next great NFL receiver (along with Greg Jennings), and Chris Chambers recently said that Lofton is one of the greatest receiving coaches in the game.

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wow what the **** ... i hope we at least interview him for receivers coach

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