San Diego Chargers could rebrand in LA
Phillip Rivers and the Chargers may be playing their last games in San Diego. Team president Dean Spanos spoke Sunday during the Raiders game, and said he was finally open to a major change, when the LA question arose during the CBS telecast. San Diego voters rejected the new stadium proposal in November, opening the door for the team to move to Los Angeles.
The Rams are a mess, and have not effectively captured the second largest city in America. While San Diego is a great city, it isn’t LA. The Chargers brand has ties to LA, going back to their AFL days. A new name and logo would make the city have a sense of “ownership” to the team, similar to how Oklahoma City gave birth to the Thunder, formerly known as Seattle’s Supersonics in the NBA.
Spanos tried to clarify his answer Monday, when questioned by the local news media.
“I said I was not going to make up my mind until after the season,” Spanos said, via the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee. “He asked the question, ‘Are you closer to leaving than staying?’ I said, ‘That would probably be an accurate statement.’ I also said I’m not going to make up my mind until after the season. … Everything is in place. I’m waiting on the city of San Diego.”
The Chargers will miss the playoffs for a third consecutive season, and head coach Mike McCoy is on the hot seat. It is expected that if/when the team makes the move to LA, McCoy will not be the man to lead them. Some sources feel that is why the Rams were moved to fire Jeff Fisher before the regular season ended. McCoy’s 27-35 record over his time as coach and wasting away Phillip Rivers’ final chances to chase a title will be his downfall.