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Do NFL Owners Hope the Chargers Will Return to San Diego? Does it Matter?

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I’m sure some of them do, but why would Spanos even consider it?

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter had this to say about various NFL owners and executives being upset with Dean Spanos earlier in the week:

As much as the Chargers' move to Los Angeles angered San Diego, it angered NFL executives and owners just as much, if not more.

Since the move was announced, the NFL has been "besides itself," in the words of one league source. "There are a ton of owners very upset that [the Chargers] moved," one source said. The source added that the NFL wants the Chargers to move back, though nobody believes that possibility is realistic.

But some NFL owners and some league officials are still hoping, now that the move has been made official, that Chargers chairman Dean Spanos will wake up one morning soon, recognize this situation has been "bungled so bad," and take his team back to San Diego, where it spent the past 56 years. Again, the chances are at best remote that this happens.

But some owners and league officials are still praying that the longest of long shots occurs and the Chargers bolt back to San Diego.

Aside from likely being completely meaningless, there are a handful of other parts of this report that are just dumb. The assertion that any of the NFL owners are as upset about the Chargers moving to Los Angeles as the people of San Diego are is absurd and honestly insulting. They had it within their power to prevent Spanos from moving and they gave him permission then a special waiver to allow him to do it.

Now, perhaps Jerry Jones and some of the other owners are beside themselves about how things turned out. They should be. The move is bad for everyone involved, but leaking to Adam Schefter that they hope Dean Spanos changes his mind is ridiculous. Spanos may, in fact, be a spineless coward and an incompetent fool, but he is also rather obviously a stubborn man that is incapable of admitting mistakes.

The Chargers “bolting back to San Diego” is less “the longest of long shots” and more a complete and total joke. The other NFL owners that helped Spanos move should consider leaving San Diego alone and not floating hopeless scenarios that make it harder for people to move on.