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Spanos Reacts to Chargers Fans' Anger

Dean Spanos talks about the decision to retain Norv Turner and A.J. Smith

Friday, Feb 3, 2012  |  Updated 1:02 PM PDT
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Chargers president Dean Spanos considered firing Turner and Smith after the team missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season.

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Super Bowl weekend is here, and it is a little bittersweet for San Diego Chargers fans who are still fuming over the team’s decision not to fire head coach Norv Turner and General Manager A.J. Smith

So, how is the man who made that controversial decision handling all the criticism?

In a rare sit-down interview, Chargers President Dean Spanos reveals it’s been difficult.

“Really hard on you when you receive letters and emails from people that are so mad, so angry,” Spanos told NBCSanDiego.

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Dean Spanos and his wife Susie, invited NBCSanDiego into their La Jolla home to talk football and family.

The two Spanos sons also have something to say about the result of the 2011-2012 Chargers season.

John Spanos works for the franchise as Director of College Scouting.

“My poor dad. He takes losing harder than anyone I've ever met, almost to an unhealthy standpoint,” said John Spanos. “Really, my poor mom, because she has to put up with him when we aren't winning.

“But we try to calm him down and it's been fun working together toward that same goal of winning.”

Watch the rare Spanos family interview Sunday, Feb. 5 on a special Super Bowl Edition of NBC 7 News at 11.  

What would you say to Dean Spanos? Let us know what you think. Comment below, send us your thoughts via Twitter @nbcsandiego or add your comment to our Facebook page.

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