Chargers owner Dean Spanos is like many of his fans, not above pointing to one factor above all others for a playoff loss.
“Unfortunately, we missed a couple of field goals that would have made the difference,” Spanos said in comments to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Other than that remark, Spanos is taking the long view about his team. He quickly signed Norv Turner to a contract extension and loves the relationship between ownership, general manager A.J. Smith and Turner.
The team’s leadership has stability, but the Chargers stadium situation remains up in the air. A downtown site near Petco Park may be the last possible solution “before something drastic happens” according to the paper.
Spanos seems to be putting all his hopes into the downtown plan.
“If we can come up with an agreeable proposal with the mayor and the
City Council, I can see it coming to a 2012 vote,” Spanos said. “I don’t
want to go forward without an agreement from the mayor and the council.
“I have no secondary plan. We haven’t looked anywhere else. I’m not
working on an alternative. I’m not trying to leverage the city of San
The recent success of the Chargers should help the team’s chances of winning a possible vote. After many failed stadium plans over the years, it sounds like it’s downtown or bust for the Chargers’ future in San Diego.