On Sunday, June 12, BoltBlitz.com will be hosting a fans meet-up at the Tilted Kilt in Mission Valley. The event will begin at 4:00 pm. The meet-ups are a great place to gather and talk San Diego Chargers football with other fans as passionate as yourself.
These meet-ups are always well attended (as you can see in the picture above) and are amply covered by local media. To date, NBC, Fox and CBS have all confirmed they will have news crews at the event. There is a lot of buzz going on with the stadium and around the team itself after the additions they made in the 2016 NFL Draft and free agency. This is a great time to come out and show your support for your team and your city.
There will be raffles of autographed Chargers merchandise and local vendors in attendance will be present so you can purchase Chargers gear at the event. Local companies 619 Clothing and Evolution Lighthouse will be among those in attendance, too. In addition to the fellowship of fans wining (well, beering) and dining together, BoltBlitz is busy assembling local dignitaries to speak on the pertinent issues facing you, the San Diego sports fan and taxpayer.
Confirmed guests at the moment include:
David Frerker is a San Diego State University graduate and award-winning sports blogger covering SDSU and San Diego sports. He is the founder of the website San Diego Sports Domination.
Johnny Boltpride will be in attendance. Johnny was inducted into the Pro Football Ultimate Fan Association Hall of Fame last year. He is a member of Bolt Pride and co-founder of Save Our Bolts and more. Visit their website to show your support: http://saveourbolts.org
Evolution Lighthouse is a national charity that aids victims of domestic violence. A portion of the proceeds made from their custom jewelry line directly goes to aid these women and children. They also have an animal lovers collection that contributes money toward violence against animals. They have close local ties with the San Diego Padres wives and the Chargers. Evolution Lighthouse will have custom made items available for purchase. Visit their website: http://evolutionlighthouse.com
Derek Togerson covers the Chargers and all local sports for NBC San Diego. You see the multi-talented sports anchor, reporter and producer on TV a lot before and after games during football season.
Die Hard Bolt Club is another devoted fan-driven organization working hard to unite fans and keep the Chargers in San Diego.
We at BoltBlitz are very excited to announce San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Sean Lissemore has confirmed his attendance for the meet-up. We want to thank Sean for taking time out of his busy schedule to spend time with us!
Much more is still in the works as the meet-up draws near. We’re continually working on adding to our guest list. This will be an event you won’t want to miss!
The Greg One
Articles from Chargers.com:
- SD-Jax postgame victory vines
- VIDEO: Philip Rivers highlights
- Red-zone defense boosts Bolts to win
- “An offensive achievement over the last decade” for Rivers
- Finally, field position flips in Bolts’ favor
- VIDEO: Postgame victory speech
- Happy homecoming for pair of wide receivers
- Rivers burns Jags with his feet
- VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Chargers at Jaguars
- PHOTOS: postgame locker room celebration
Articles from ESPN.com:
- Chargers are four-point underdogs at home vs. Broncos
- Perryman, Te’o make dynamic duo for Bolts at linebacker
- Perryman up, Ingram down in Chargers’ win
- Rivers leads Chargers to win over Jaguars, snapping six-game skid
Articles from the San Diego Union-Tribune:
- Chargers chat with Tom Krasovic
- Melvin Gordon shows growth if numbers don’t
- Notebook: Gates helpful despite hip
- Rivers passes NFL greats, relishes opportunity
Articles from NBC San Diego:
Articles from Chargers.com:
- Important information for fans attending Monday night’s game
- Jones practices for first time since Week 1
- Scouting report: Chargers vs. Steelers
Articles from ESPN.com:
- Jacoby Jones to the rescue?
- Patrick Robinson provides production, experience at corner for Chargers
- Shannon Sharpe doubles down on criticism of Chargers’ Antonio Gates
Articles from The San Diego Union-Tribune:
- Philip Rivers to be Chargers’ new iron man
- Tired of stadium speculation, waiting for facts
- Bolts’ Addae saw Steelers’ stardom for pal
- Big Ben and Weddle spar off field
Ricky Henne of Chargers.com provides a scouting reports for Thursday’s opener against the Cowboys.
Eric Williams of ESPN.com talks about how former NFL receiver Eric Moulds is working a s a coaching intern for the Chargers.
Mark Maske of The Washington Post states that some NFL owners support the Chargers and Raiders over the Rams when it comes to relocating to Los Angeles.
Chargers.com interviewed cornerback Brandon Flowers.
Ricky Henne of Chargers.com provides all the information that you need to know about Philip Rivers.
Matt Calkins of The San Diego Union-Tribune writes that the Chargers’ stadium antics are a necessary evil.
Derek Togerson of NBC San Diego talks about the rumor that Curtis Conway may be Hank Bauer’s replacement.
Eric Williams of ESPN.com believes that Stevie Johnson is the X-factor among the Chargers’ wideouts.
Ricky Henne of Chargers.com interviews punter Mike Scifres.
Matthew Pagels of profootballspot.com asks the question of whether or not Darius Philon will take over at defensive end for Kendall Reyes.
Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune talks about how the young players on the Chargers must step up.
Derek Togerson of NBC7 San Diego writes about Philip Rivers focusing on his footwork.
John Clayton of ESPN.com believes that it is unlikely that Rivers leaves the Chargers.
Stay tuned in the next few days as we’ll be announcing our next meetup.
Ricky Henne of Chargers.com writes about Melvin Gordon’s first OTA performance.
Derek Togerson of NBC7 San Diego has a post where Philip Rivers talks about this offseason and contract talks.
Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune penned a piece about Melvin Ingram’s weight loss.
Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune explains how Jason Verrett stood out at the team’s first OTA.
Don Muret of Sportingnews.com writes that Mick Jagger is the newest person to support the Chargers staying in San Diego.
Kevin Acee of UT San Diego did a live chat with fans on Wednesday.
Chargers.com updates the list of all of the transactions in 2015.
Derek Togerson of NBC San Diego about he Carson Mayor stating the Chargers’ stadium would be on contaminated land.
Tom Krasovic of UT San Diego notes that Las Vegas pegs Melvin Gordon as the front-runner for rookie of the year.
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com grades the draft classes of the AFC West.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is not certain where he’ll be playing in 2016 and not just because of the team’s shaky stadium situation in San Diego.
In case you missed it, Rivers talked with the U-T San Diego about his future with the team.
Basically said he’s committed to playing out his contract with the Bolts, which expires after the 2015 season, but is unsure whether he’ll sign a new contract or try to work out an extension before training camp starts in July.
One of the reasons is, of course, family. Philip and his wife Tiffany have built a family in San Diego and if a move is necessary they will likely try to make it back South (both are from Alabama) instead of Los Angeles.
Add that revelation to the fact the Chargers are bringing in Oregon QB Marcus Mariota for a workout in April, and all of a sudden you have grounds for some serious speculation on a major overhaul of the Chargers offense.
So, let’s remove the emotion from the situation and sort some of it out logically.
First and foremost, the Chargers want to keep Rivers in place. General Manager Tom Telesco came from Indianapolis. His first year there was 1998, when the Colts drafted Peyton Manning. His last year there was 2012, when they took Andrew Luck. If anybody understands the importance of having a franchise quarterback in place, it’s Telesco (You can hear for yourself how Tom feels about Rivers in the video attached to this story, which was recorded December 31, 2014).
Telesco says he thinks Rivers has a number of good years left in him. The recent signings of Stevie Johnson and Orlando Franklin would suggest the Bolts still consider Rivers the key to their offense. For now, at least. Telesco also said he’s committed to Rivers retiring as a Charger.
But, what if Rivers is not? Then what do the Chargers do?
Bolts fans don’t have to think too far back to see what happened the last time the team let a QB walk out of town while getting nothing in return. In about 10 years they’ll see it on the bust of Drew Brees in Canton, OH. Rivers blossoming into a star eased the pain of Brees’ success, but the odds of having three Pro Bowl (and possibly Hall of Fame) caliber passers in a row are astronomical.
Here’s where Mariota enters the mix.
The reigning Heisman Trophy winner is going to have a private workout for the Bolts’ brass. Mariota’s athletic skill set could not be more different than Rivers, but having him learn for a year under #17 (who has already spent time coaching the youngster before the NFL Combine) would not be a bad thing.
If Telesco gets the vibe he’s not going to be able to retain Rivers long-term, he needs to be looking out for his franchise, and he could certainly do worse than adding someone as talented as Mariota.
Of course, that opens the question of … how would the Chargers get their hands on Mariota? He’s projected to be long gone before the Bolts make their selection in this year’s Draft (and no, the irony of that pick being #17 has not been lost). So, the Chargers would have to make a trade up.
Assuming Tampa Bay selects Jameis Winston first overall (which they’ve said publicly they’re leaning towards), the next team up also has serious QB issues: Tennessee. The Titans are quite the interesting possibility.
Ken Whisenhunt is their head coach. In 2013, he had a tremendous relationship with Rivers while serving as San Diego’s offensive coordinator. He would love to get his hands on Philip. However, sources close to the Titans tell me they’d be “shocked” if Tennessee traded the second overall pick for Rivers.
The Titans have a bunch of holes to fill. They are not one QB away from being true contenders. So, if they do deal the number two pick, it will be to stockpile other picks, and the Chargers are not likely to make that kind of gamble when they have as many issues to address as they do (o-line, d-line, running back, linebacker, etc.).
Looking at the rest of the NFL Draft order, there aren’t many teams who will use a pick on a quarterback:
3) Jacksonville – took Blake Bortles last year
4) Oakland – took Derek Carr last year
5) Washington – still don’t know what to do with Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy
6) NY Jets – ABSOLUTELY NEED A QB
7) Chicago – Possibility here. Jay Cutler could be released in another year
8) Atlanta – Matt Ryan
9) NY Giants – Eli Manning
10) St. Louis – just traded for Nick Foles but still a possibility
11) Minnesota – took Teddy Bridgewater last year
12) Cleveland – took Johnny Manziel last year
13) New Orleans – Drew Brees
14) Miami – Ryan Tannehill, although it’s possible they’re not 100% sold on him
15) San Francisco – Colin Kaepernick, basically the same style as Mariota
16) Houston – definitely in the market for a QB
So, the Chargers might not have to deal Rivers to get their hands on Mariota. If he falls far enough in the first round, they could conceivably move up just a couple of spots and not sacrifice too much (of course, the Eagles are lurking at #20 and, despite what Chip Kelly says about Sam Bradford, he’d make a more for his former recruit).
So you see there are a lot of moving pieces in play that would have to line up for Marcus Mariota to land in San Diego.
The other part of this whole scenario is this: The Chargers offense is built around Philip Rivers. If he is shockingly dealt before this year, or allowed to leave after the 2015 season, a whole lot of guys will go with him.
Antonio Gates, also a free agent, will leave. Eric Weddle, also a free agent, will leave. Those guys are not going to wait around for a rebuild; they’ve been through enough already. The entire identity of the Chargers, the franchise as we know it, will cease to exist. It will signal a complete personality change for the franchise.
Now, you can crack your jokes about that being perfect for a team playing in a new city, but the fact is this is a defining moment in Chargers history, not just off the field, but on it, as well.
Chargers.com talks to Jason Verrett and Chris Watt about the importance of the combine.
Eric Williams of espn.com takes a look at Mel Kiper’s mock draft for the Bolts and the running back situation.
Tom Krasovic of UT San Diego looks at the Chargers’ special teams units from last year.
Derek Togerson of NBC San Diego writes about San Diego head coach Mike McCoy.