The San Diego Chargers are getting ready to make changes. It’s been reported that they will soon let go head coach Norv Turner and General manager A.J. Smith. One more change they need to make is get out of San Diego and move to Los Angeles. The relocation memorandum window sent by NFL commissioner Roger Godell is almost here. It was sent to all 32 teams stating in July that any team who wants to relocate to Los Angeles has from January 1st to February 15th to apply ( which is an odd time considering the NFL will be middle of playoff season).
The Chargers organization has denied any interest in Los Angeles, (which may in a way has not helped their cause, because the city of San Diego does not think they will leave) the fact is they have been trying for over a decade to get a new stadium in San Diego with no real progress made, with of course the major sticking point the use of public funds as well as location, even newly elected San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has said “I will be the toughest negotiator the Chargers have ever faced”, which means reading between the lines means, “We are not building you a stadium with public money or land so there”.
This is the perfect time for the Chargers to make that move up to Los Angeles, while beating Pittsburgh was impressive and unexpected ending their four game losing streak. The Chargers are at the end of a terrible season. They have lost 7out of 9 losing every possible way, getting blown out, blowing a large half time lead and who could ever forget not stopping Baltimore late on 4th and 29. Attendance has been dreadful with multiple blackouts.
It’s been almost twenty years since and NFL teams have relocated namely the first Cleveland Browns, Houston Oilers, and the Los Angeles Rams and the Raiders. Each had similar circumstances. Losing teams, sagging attendance with their owners asking for and not getting new stadium deals, just like San Diego Chargers.
The Chargers need a fresh start and while getting a new coach and general manager would help, getting some new energy from football starved Los Angeles, a new stadium in downtown Los Angeles in a few years, and not to mention an increase the value of the franchise four fold.
Here is the sobering thought for the Chargers, if they do not move to Los Angeles this winter, someone else like their cellar dwellers friends from up north might beat them too it, and they will be stuck in their prehistoric stadium for least another decade or two, this time Los Angeles cannot be used as even a mild threat. Chargers owner Dean Spanos should have that application at the NFL office at the midnight on New Years, while he is drinking champagne with AEG President Tim Leiweke.