The Chargers have a plan on where to play when they move to Los Angeles and according to reports from USA Today, as well as NBC Sports Pro Football Talk, that stadium will be the AEG owned and operated Stubhub Center located on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, California home of the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.
The rumors are going strong as stories are being published left and right in regards to the future of the San Diego Chargers in San Diego and the possible move of the franchise from its home for the last 55 years to Los Angeles.
It was announced that something is happening tomorrow, but nobody knew for sure what. We kind of knew what was going to happen, but nobody knew if it would be staying in San Diego or moving. Well, since my previous story on the move reported by ESPN as well as other media outlets in Southern California, Chargers starting qurterback Philip Rivers may have just made the announcment before Dean Spanos could by sending out a quick message on his official twitter account.
Chargers Nation has heard the beginning of this story a few times already. But, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com is reporting that Chargers owner Dean Spanos has made up his mind and is moving up North to Los Angeles for 2017.
The rumors have been going crazy for the last few months in regards to the possible relocation of the Chargers from San Diego to Los Angeles and a lot of us thought that it was going to happen last year, when the St Louis Rams announced that they would return to Los Angeles. But, Spanos announced that the Chargers would stay in San Diego for another year to figure out a new stadium solution.
A bitter AFC West division rivalry sets the league afire when the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders face off in Week 5.
This particular battle doesn’t carry epic weight thanks to the Raiders coming in at just 1-3 on the season, but the return of dual threat quarterback Terrelle Pryor (out last week with concussion) certainly makes it interesting.
Oakland hosts San Diego, who enters at 2-2 thanks to a red-hot Philip Rivers and a very effective Mike McCoy-lead Chargers offense. Rivers hasn’t just been kind of hot, either. He’s fresh off of back to back weeks of completing over 83% of his passes, with three straight games above 76%.
The San Diego Chargers haven’t been a playoff time since LaDainian Tomlinson was still a lightning bolt on the field, and even then there was a sense of staleness in the Norv Turner era.
With yet another disappointing season in 2012, the Chargers closed to door on Turner’s San Diego legacy and moved on to new head coach Mike McCoy.
McCoy brings a new perspective and another elite offensive mind to the table, while also potentially making the most of quarterback Philip Rivers. With Rivers seemingly deteriorating in Turner’s vertical scheme, McCoy has brought in a new dink-and-dunk passing game to hopefully resurrect Rivers’ floundering career.
Start with a game that most everyone thought the Chargers would lose, make it highly competitive, and then take the optimistic hearts of Chargers fans, packed full of renewed hope, and rip them out of our chests. That’s basically what we got on Monday Night.
We learned a lot about the Chargers in the first game of the season. First, we saw what good coaching can do to a team. The first half of football against the Texans offered us a disciplined team, playing hard and playing well. It’s been a long time since I felt like a Chargers team was fully bought in to what a coaching staff was trying to do. Obviously that covers all of the Norv years, but one could argue that the talented teams under Marty lacked a lot of discipline as well.
It was also good to see that Rivers can still be a great quarterback when you keep the opposing defense off his back. He usually had time to throw in the first half, and his awareness in the pocket was much improved. And don’t go telling me that his INT was just another Rivers bad throw. You can argue he could have made the choice to throw to someone else, but the play Cushing made on that throw was phenomenal. Sometimes the defense makes an amazing play.
If you mix in some solid play early from the front seven on defense, we can see that this team actually has a good base on which to build.
Unfortunately, we also learned this team still has a ways to go.
The offensive line was up and down. The running game got off to a good start early, but fizzled in the second half. Rookie DJ Fluker looked like a rookie. Not a horrible day, but he got beat badly a few times.
The secondary of the Chargers was exposed as a real weak link. Shareece Wright looked good covering Andre Johnson early, but as the game went on it was clear that the secondary had no answers for Johnson and TE Owen Daniels. As the pass rush wore down, it looked like the Texans could pass against them at will.
But worst of all, this team doesn’t have the depth needed to give guys a break and keep them fresh. The defensive line was gassed by the second half, and it was tough to keep the linebackers fresh. As mentioned, the secondary doesn’t have the guys needed to keep the Chargers in games against tough offenses, and that’s whether you’re looking at the starters or their backups.
So what can we make of a tough week one loss? The Chargers should find a way to be competitive in a few games this year. They also will be just competitive enough to frustrate fans on many a Sunday over the next four-months.
What did you think of the Chargers’ week one loss? Did it make you feel better about the Chargers’ prospects this year, or worse? Sound off on the comments section below.
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