I have been following the Chargers for a decade now, and have fearlessly defended the team at every corner. I was a huge Philip Rivers supporter in his first year starting (despite his relatively inconsistent play), and backed him up (despite not being able to change opinions) when people called him a "whiner," or a "crybaby," or "soft," or any other false descriptions you’ve heard to describe Philip Rivers. My thought and defense, time and time again, was that you had to actually watch the games, and watch interviews and other videos to see that the guy wasn’t really any of those things mentioned above. He was, and still is, a vocal, passionate leader for the team. I will defend him, his play on the field, his merit off the field, and him as an overall human being, until I am no longer able to speak.
I would say the same for quite a few current Chargers, including Keenan Allen, Jason Verrett, Melvin Gordon, and others, and some past Chargers, including Nick Hardwick, Eric Weddle, and others I am probably missing. If you question that LaDainian Tomlinson is a noticeable errata on the list, see above. I defend Philip Rivers at all costs, I wasn’t able to see Tomlinson much in his prime, and I’ve heard a lot about his poisonous locker room personality, despite his warm approach to his public face.
I understand that I am off track a bit, but here’s where I come back. If you notice, every single one of the people mentioned above are players. Not coaches, not owners, not managers, or any people like them. Why? Because I am absolutely fed up with the owners, and my anger grows by the day. If you honestly believe that the last two years, the Chargers were actually trying to get something done in San Diego, you’d be dead wrong. They, being Dean Spanos and Co. mainly believe that they’ll make more money in Los Angeles, and have been putting the bare minimum effort into finding a stadium solution in San Diego.
My view is that they wanted to show Roger Goodell and the NFL, and mainly, the fans located in San Diego, that they "tried." I call BS, and nothing you say will ever sway my view on them. I don’t like the Spanos family, and it will take a lot to get me to tolerate them. I watch the Chargers for the players, not for the owners. So, for that reason, I will always support the Chargers. I used to think that as soon as Philip Rivers retired, I would be a free agent if you will, but, as the NFL is an ever-changing landscape, and new players come and go each season, new favorites start to emerge.
If there was any question whether or not I will be a fan of the Chargers even if they move to LA and re-brand, there shouldn’t be now. Let us know down below what you think of the Chargers’ current dilemma, and what you would do if they moved and re-branded! If they do, we might have a few openings on staff!
Have a fantastic holiday, everyone!