AJ Smith, GM of the San Diego Chargers, likes to play hard ball with his players.
Marcus McNeill, back at Chargers Park and back in uniform, acknowledged Wednesday that there were moments he wondered whether his staredown with team management would, indeed, end satisfactorily.
“That was one of my biggest hang-ups,” he said. “We weren’t sure anything was going to get done at all, or what my future was in the organization.
“But I came and sat down with the organization, and they made me feel comfortable about my role with this team for the next few years. That’s what I really needed, that insurance to make sure I would be here as a San Diego Charger.”
“Organization,” in this case, essentially refers to General Manager A.J. Smith, who calls the shots for the Spanos family.