Lately, I have been hearing, and reading, a lot about how fans cannot, “get into” free agency with the idea of the Bolts moving to Carson bouncing around in their heads. Scott Kaplan of The Mighty 1090 may be the loudest of all of the critics. On his radio show, Scott and BR, he has been working hard to find a way to get a new stadium built in San Diego, and has even said that he is confident that it will get done. Then he turns around and says that he is not excited about any Chargers personnel moves because they may only be in San Diego one more year.
If it were just Scott Kaplan saying this, I would chalk it up to a radio guy trying to drum up callers and listeners. But no, I have also been reading the same sentiment on various social media outlets. Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that the majority of Chargers fans are turning their back on the team, or giving up on the new stadium. I am not even saying that fans are not going to watch the Chargers in what could be their last season in San Diego. All I am saying is that it is sad to me that during this exciting time, fans are letting their anxiety get in the way of their enjoyment.
I understand their point. I get that it is hard to be excited about a guy signing a five year deal when he may be gone in one year. Then again, are you going to stop rooting for the Chargers if a move does happen? Haven’t they proven over the last 14 years that they wanted to stay? Okay, some fans will turn their back and not support the team after the move. That is certainly their prerogative. But should those same fans destroy their personal enjoyment of watching Chargers football, even if it is their last season in their rightful home? I think not.
Let’s be honest, this is an exciting time to be a Chargers fan! General Manager, Tom Telesco, is hard at work trying to spend cap money that he has not had the luxury to spend before and players are coming and going at a startling pace! Let’s be honest, there were several holes in the 2014 version of the San Diego Chargers. This is Telesco’s chance to fill those holes and get the most out of the money he has to spend. Does he go after a stud running back? Does he get a veteran nose tackle? Who is coming to visit? What positions will he try to fill with the draft? Who will he let go and then try to replace? All of these questions and more can be answered during this hectic time that we call free agency. To me, that is exciting and fascinating. Not something that I will fail to enjoy because of something that I have no control over.
What if? What if this is the season when all of the stars align and the Chargers finally get that ring? Will you be excited even if you discover they are leaving the following month? Those who allow the stadium talk to take away their enthusiasm may just find it hard to enjoy the experience. At the very minimum, they will not enjoy it as much as they would have if they had been all in from the beginning of the process of building this team. This is it! Free agency marks the beginning of building the 2015 San Diego Chargers. Anything could happen in 2016. That has nothing to do with today. Just sit back, relax and enjoy Chargers football. Don’t worry about 2016, just be happy about 2015. The future will come soon enough.
So, how about you, Chargers fan? Are you closely following free agency? Do you find yourself not caring that the Chargers signed Orlando Franklin and Jacoby Jones? Are you sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to see if the Bolts make a major move? I know I am. Please leave your comments below.
Thanks for reading.
Darren Smith of the Mighty 1090 is one of the smartest sports radio hosts in the business. He picked up on something that Rivers said in his remarks following the win on Monday night about how the Colts were going to play against Gates. It was really a great catch and Darren took it a step further asking Rivers about it on his Tuesday appearance on his show. Below is a tweet from 1090’s Jordan Carruth about the question and Philips’ answer.
Where did Philip Rivers hear Greg Manusky say they need to "bang" Antonio Gates around on MNF? "I checked out http://t.co/MGH7XQ7Lu0"
— Jordan Carruth (@JordanCarruth) October 15, 2013
So maybe Philip Rivers is more of a tech guy than we think. In his post game remarks, Rivers took a shot at ESPN for their ads leading up to the game as they blatantly only featured Andrew Luck. If you missed the ad or the response (at about the 26 second mark), I’m including them both below.
But the Manusky comment was even more compelling. It shows the level of research Rivers is doing for every game and really it’s quite brilliant. Why not take advantage of the information age we live in and find out as much as you can about what the other team is thinking about and how they’re going to approach you. Side note: this also makes me appreciate the cliche heavy speak Mike McCoy gives when he talks about the team.
So I took to the Colts site to find this alleged video of Manusky, and sure enough I found it. At about the 2:40 mark the question is asked about premiere tight ends and what the philosophy of Manusky is for handling Gates. Manusky goes onto mention exactly what Philip picked up on. The interesting thing is that Rivers first couple throws were to Gates (Colts were all over him) regardless of the intel, but this then helped him figure he should look elsewhere. I’m including the audio of the press conference below as I couldn’t include the video. But it’s all from Colts.com and the full video can be seen here.
Just when I thought I couldn’t love Rivers anymore, he goes and does this. Amazing.
Thanks for reading.
Links to full Youtube Videos:
Luck MNF promo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV6qOXLDUKo
Rivers postgame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2OWNHQX2Ok