Monthly Archives: December 2015

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Like many of you San Diego Chargers fans out there, I am beyond tired of hearing about the strong possibility that the team will bolt for Los Angeles in the near future.

I don’t care if they find a solution in downtown, Mission Valley or a buoyant, floating stadium which would sit in the Pacific Ocean, I just want them to remain in San Diego.

Although all hope has yet to be lost, it isn’t looking very good.

I received an email from Citizens Stadium Advisory Group (CSAG) member Tony Manolatos this morning, where he states that he believes San Diego will get one more year to figure out a viable plan to keep the Chargers in America’s finest city.

Here’s what he had to say.

 

I believe San Diego is going to get another year.

 
I believe we will continue to focus on the one plan that has been legally vetted and includes financing acceptable to the league and NFL owners — the City/County plan.
 
I believe a campaign will be launched and an election will be held in November 2016 if the Chargers are on board. Without the team on board, I do not believe there will be any movement. No one wants a repeat of 2015.
 
The NFL wants certainty and despite the public pressure it exerts sometimes it likes the City/County plan, the EIR and the Governor’s ruling, as do many NFL owners who have gone through a very similar process w/regard to the EIR and tearing down an existing stadium to build one next door.
 
Jumping ship and latching the City/County to a complex plan w/no viable stadium financing (the recently proposed citizens initiative blocks all public money for a stadium) would create a sea of uncertainty w/the league and the owners at the 11th hour. Who does that benefit? The Chargers, who have tried to show San Diego as dysfunctional, divided and uncertain since Day 1 in order to make its case for LA.
 
Final point: CSAG created a framework — $1.4 billion of financing options for a stadium estimated to cost $1.1 billion — not a plan. The City/County team took some things from that framework, and left others behind, which was how the process was supposed to work. It also is important to note CSAG was created to launch a public process, and the group engaged San Diego on this issue like never before. That matters because if this process ends in a public vote, public engagement and awareness are critical. No one votes for a plan cooked up quietly in a back room by a bunch of out-of-town bankers.
 
Thank you for your continued interest in the stadium issue. I am sorry it has been such a long and confusing journey at times, but I do believe we are getting closer to a positive resolution for San Diego, the team and its fans. Keep the faith!

 

What are your thoughts, Chargers fans? Did Tony’s stance on the matter provide you with any hope and/or optimism? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Dave Peters

 

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General manager Tom Telesco was signed to a multi-year extension during the 2015 offseason, according to NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. The deal was a three-year extension, good through the 2019 season.

 

 

La Canfora took to Twitter to break the news on Sunday morning.

Here is an excerpt from his report on cbssports.com:

The Chargers have worked to formalize their regime change, with John Spanos now officially in charge of all matters related to football operations rather than longtime owner Dean Spanos, his father. Telesco reports to John Spanos at this point and received a multi-year extension prior to the season, according to sources, while McCoy would be entering the final year of his deal. Though San Diego recently endured a six-game losing streak, and there is speculation about the future of the franchise, in terms of officials and location, Telesco is well-positioned to be a part of the process, with the Spanos family securing his services in the summer.

 

This now erases all doubt about the foreseeable future for Telesco as the Chargers move forward with the team possibly relocating to the Los Angeles area in the next couple of years.

The news in and of itself is not a big surprise, but the fact that it has been kept quiet this long is very surprising.

There has been no indication at this point as to how this will affect head coach Mike McCoy. McCoy is under contract through the 2016 season, but La Canfora also added that, though Telesco has been extended, his future with the team will be evaluated once the 2015 season has concluded. It is also being reported that the organization thinks highly of McCoy and the job he has done in San Diego.

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“Hope in one hand and shit in the other, see which one fills up first.” – Unknown

 

After losing six games in a row, the San Diego Chargers pulled off a much-needed win against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, taking the game by a score of 31-25.

Currently sitting with a record of 3-8, the Chargers’ playoff hopes are basically nonexistent. That being said, the AFC is very weak in 2015, and nothing would surprise me at this point.

Who am I kidding? I would be incredibly surprised if the Bolts have anything to play for following today’s game.

Many fans were disappointed with the team’s victory over the Jags because they were looking for the team to tank in hopes of securing a top-5 draft pick in 2016.

The Chargers face the Denver Broncos at home on Sunday. The Broncos are coming off of a big win against the New England Patriots in Week 12.

With Peyton Manning on the shelf due to plantar fasciitis, Brock Osweiler has taken over the starting role at quarterback. The Denver offense seems to be performing better now that Osweiler is the signal caller.

Although the Broncos’ offense seems to be clicking on all cylinders, with their running game finally adding to their arsenal, their defense boasts one of the best units in the NFL. Philip Rivers and company will have their work cut out for them, as the Broncos have playmakers at all three levels of the defense.

Things do not appear to be in the Chargers’ favor today, but these are the type of games the Bolts seem to do just enough to win; they play up to the competition of quality opponents, and down to the level of lesser teams.

Well, that’s enough with me rambling on, let’s get right to the point of this post.

Are you hoping for a Chargers’ win today? Or are you wanting the team to take that much-expected ‘L’, helping to move them closer to a better draft pick in ’16?

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Booga Peters

 

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The Chargers (3-8) are coming off of their first win in six weeks after beating the Jaguars on the road (31-25). Sunday they take on the Broncos (9-2) who are coming off of their OT win vs the Patriots last Sunday Night.

Here are three things you should look for in order for the Chargers to come away victorious.

1.) Make Osweiler remember that he is a rookie starter
What this means is, put pressure on him at all costs. Make him move his feet, forcing him to make quick decisions. Pagano is going to have to “not play scared” and send the house, trusting that his secondary can cover the Broncos receivers one-on-one. If Pagano and the Chargers can do that, they should have no problem stopping Denver’s offense.

2.) Quick plays
We all know about Denver’s defense and their pass rush. One way to render their pass rush ineffective is by getting off quick plays. The Chargers have the personnel to do that with Danny Woodhead, Stevie Johnson, Antonio Gates and, yes, even Melvin Gordon. As Pagano needed to trust his secondary by blitzing, Reich needs to trust his QB and receivers by playing fast, up-tempo offense, getting the ball out quickly. Let Rivers get the ball out and have his receivers eat up chunk yardage.

3.) Touchdowns, not field goals
In order to beat elite teams in the NFL, you need to score touchdowns on drives, especially in the red zone, instead of field goals. Scoring three in the redzone should be considered a failure against a team like the Broncos. You need to score touchdowns, and you need to do it often to beat these guys.

Agree or disagree? Anything I missed that you think I should have mentioned? Let me know below!

– Zak Darman

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Sunday’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars was a landmark moment for the San Diego Chargers’ two most popular players, quarterback Philip Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates. The Chargers’ win signaled the end of a six-game losing streak. Philip Rivers became the 17th player to surpass 40,000 career passing yards and became the fourth-fastest player to accomplish the feat. With four touchdown passes in the game, Rivers leapfrogged Joe Montana and is currently in a tie with Vinny Testaverde for 11th place for career touchdown passes.

Not to be outdone, Rivers’ favorite target is rewriting the record books himself these days. The season began on the suspended list for Gates after testing positive for an unspecified performance-enhancing drug. Since returning, Gates has picked up where he left off, and to date has 33 catches for 371 yards and four touchdowns.

In the Jacksonville game, Gates caught two of Rivers’ four touchdown passes. In doing so, Gates passed Kansas City Chiefs great Tony Gonzalez into first place for most two-touchdown games from a tight end. Gates now has 21 such games and counting. Only nine receivers (wide receivers and tight ends) have over 100 touchdowns in NFL history. Gates sits in 7th place on that list.

Another mark Gates is chasing Gonzalez for is most touchdown catches from a tight end. Gonzalez leads the list with 111 touchdowns. Gates currently has 103. Had it not been for the suspension, Gates would have likely passed Gonzalez this season. Also worthy of note is Gonzalez has played four years longer than Gates has at this point.

While it’s still possible Gates could break the record this season, he would likely have to play one more season to set the new standard for tight ends. There has been no formal statement, but many expect the Chargers’ tight end to retire after the season.

Rivers and Gates are already the most prolific quarterback/tight end combination in NFL history, as they have connected for touchdowns 76 times counting the Jaguars game. Now in his 12th NFL season, Gates has more than cemented his place as a future Hall Of Famer. While we would love to see the pair ride off into the sunset together, Gates predates Rivers by one year and injuries have worn him down through the years. Gates is in the final year of his contract. It remains to be seen if he will return for another season or call it a career.

We have all been witness to a true rags-to-riches story. Antonio Gates arrived at Chargers Park in 2003 as an undrafted free agent. Chargers’ brass saw something special in the power forward — who led the Kent State Golden Flashes hoops team into the Elite Eight in the 2002 NCAA Division I Men’s basketball tournament. Gates was able to use his prodigious talent on the basketball court and translate it to football where he and Gonzalez revolutionized the use of the tight end in the passing game instead of predominantly as a blocker.

Twelve years later, he is arguably the greatest tight end to play the game. He has provided Chargers fans with countless jaw-dropping, show-stopping moments, keying many wins for San Diego. These may be the last five opportunities we have to see Gates in lightning bolts. Show him your support and wear the No. 85 with pride.

 

Bolt Up!!

 

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Due to injuries to the wide receiving corps in San Diego, second-year wideout Dontrelle Inman has been thrust into the starting lineup multiple times in 2015. Sunday against the Jaguars was no different, as Inman was called upon to start and contribute at the position.

He did just that.

In Sunday’s 31-25 win over the Jaguars in Jacksonville, the former CFL receiver had a career-high five receptions. He also managed to haul in the second touchdown reception of his brief NFL career. The Week 12 contest marked his third consecutive game with at least three catches. Inman was the only wide receiver to play all 76 offensive plays during the victory.

With Keenan Allen out for the season with a lacerated kidney, and Malcom Floyd dealing with a torn labrum while playing, it is expected that Inman will remain a key part of the San Diego passing attack.

The 26-year-old has put together a decent season, snagging 20 receptions for 286 yards and two touchdowns. He has managed to bring in multiple receptions in six games this year.

Increased reps for Inman during the last five games of the season will continue to speed up his development at the wide receiver position. The former undrafted free agent is playing in his last year under contract with the Chargers. If he continues to build on his rapport with quarterback Philip Rivers, it would make sense for the Bolts to bring him back in 2016 with what would be a team-friendly deal. The expected retirement of Floyd at the end of the season also lends itself to Inman returning to the squad next season.

Although it is not ideal that No. 15 is a starting wideout at this time, his play does say a lot for his ability to contribute in the coming years as a role player, possibly earning his way into a starting role down the road.

 

Thanks a lot for reading.

 

Booga Peters

 

 

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