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Jones-Drew agrees NFL needs to be in L.A.

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During his recent appearance on NFL Network’s Total Access, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew’s comments weren’t confined to his opinions on adding a high-profile wideout and his support for quarterback David Garrard.  Jones-Drew, a California native who played college football at UCLA, believes that the time has come for the NFL to return to L.A.

Everybody wants to come to L.A.,” Jones-Drew said.  “Whoever the face of the franchise is, he is going to have a lot of responsibility.”

It also sounds as if Jones-Drew wouldn’t mind playing in L.A. himself.  “To come back home to play in front of my family, so they don’t have to travel 2,000 miles to see me play, that is something I would love as well,” Jones-Drew said.

Before Jaguars fans begin breathing into the paper bags that in some years they choose to wear on their heads, Jones-Drew also said he loves Jacksonville.  And, as a practical matter, by the time the Jags or any other team moves to Los Angeles, Jones-Drew likely will be done playing, or close to it.

Still, it seems inevitable that the NFL will return to L.A.  The only questions are when, who, and how many teams.

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50 Responses to “Jones-Drew agrees NFL needs to be in L.A.”
  1. trbowman says: Jun 21, 2011 8:24 PM

    Why does the NFL “need” to be in LA?

    It’s done just fine without it.

  2. cincinnasti says: Jun 21, 2011 8:26 PM

    Raiders, Rams or an expansion.. I think to get L.A. behind a team they’ll have to have some kind of history or new found emotional connection to that team. Sending a hand me down failed franchise might not work out to well..

  3. plt2006 says: Jun 21, 2011 8:27 PM

    MJD seems to have contracted a case of Foot-in-mouth this off-season between questioning the Gabbert pick, insisting that Garrard is his guy forever, his other comments on NFL network last night, and now this? Seriously, I think his fame is going to his head a little.

  4. jacksaysfu says: Jun 21, 2011 8:28 PM

    Who cares about an LA team right now , we have a CBA to hammer out first.

  5. ravensfan4life52 says: Jun 21, 2011 8:29 PM

    Raiders and an expansion team (unfortunately). i don’t like the idea of expanding the league, but i think it’s going to eventually happen.

  6. hobartbaker says: Jun 21, 2011 8:30 PM

    If Leiweke thinks the town will support two teams, just expand the league. It doesn’t seem like any franchises are dying on the vine where they’re at now.

  7. zoxitic says: Jun 21, 2011 8:45 PM

    Maurice Jones-Spew

    He’s worse than a woman with that mouth that he can’t shut.

  8. billsfan1 says: Jun 21, 2011 8:57 PM

    My question is ….if they need to be in LA so bad, why weren’t there teams here the past decade or longer

  9. dontouchmyjunk says: Jun 21, 2011 9:01 PM

    It has finally dawned on me why so many fans don’t want NFL football in LA. They are terrified that it is the team in their town that is going to move here. Well, somebody is going to lose their team to LA. It’s not a matter of if, but when…and which one. Or maybe two.

    As far as expansion is concerned, the NFL would be better off contracting, not expanding. There aren’t 32 starting caliber QB’s to go around as it is. No way, no how is the NFL going to expand if they want the caliber of play to continue to grow.

    The teams that are out are the Chargers and the Raiders. The state of California already has those teams. The state would not help them relocate to LA. What the state will get behind is an entirely new business in the state. That means a team from one of your towns.

    Get over it because it’s going to happen.

  10. p4hbiz says: Jun 21, 2011 9:04 PM

    Everyone in the sporting world knows when LA is in it, the nfl/nba is a better place.

  11. ikickgypsies says: Jun 21, 2011 9:08 PM

    cowboys

  12. joj0420 says: Jun 21, 2011 9:09 PM

    why. Not move the jets? They have done anything since namath. Makes perfect sense

  13. 504in860 says: Jun 21, 2011 9:14 PM

    I’m waiting for LA to steal yet another franchise from Minneapolis. That would be so hilarious.

  14. goldsteel says: Jun 21, 2011 9:26 PM

    Perhaps, Jones Drew wants the Jaguars to move there? LA isn’t a football town regardless of the size of the television market.

  15. Soulman45 says: Jun 21, 2011 9:30 PM

    I live in Buena Park just out side of LA please all teams stay away from LA we don’t need you.
    We get all the games we won’t on TV their is no money to build anything in LA that is money that can be use for a need people is in need of food housing the thing it take to live.
    You can’t build a stadium with no money.

  16. jutts says: Jun 21, 2011 9:33 PM

    Who in the world cares what Drew has to say?

  17. tommyf15 says: Jun 21, 2011 9:35 PM

    trbowman says:

    Why does the NFL “need” to be in LA?

    It’s done just fine without it.

    All businesses have to operate with the MEAT Principle- Maximize Earnings at All Times.

    Every year the NFL isn’t playing in LA is a year they’re leaving money on the table.

  18. riverhorsey says: Jun 21, 2011 9:37 PM

    Jones-Drew: “Whoever the face of the franchise is, he is going to have a lot of responsibility.”

    F__ the face of the franchise, you play like a team Drew that’s what wins football games.

  19. Robert says: Jun 21, 2011 9:55 PM

    The return of the Raiders to L.A.!!!

    As soon as the shovel hits the So Ca dirt, the Silver and Black will be back!!!

  20. njphin says: Jun 21, 2011 9:55 PM

    “Raiders, Rams or an expansion.. I think to get L.A. behind a team they’ll have to have some kind of history or new found emotional connection to that team. Sending a hand me down failed franchise might not work out to well..”

    Why not it worked for Baltimore..

  21. philtration says: Jun 21, 2011 10:21 PM

    If they could not support the Rams and the Raiders then why does anyone believe that they would come out to see an expansion team?

    Los Angeles is not some mythical destination just waiting for an NFL team to love.
    They had their chances and they did not care.
    Move on already.

  22. jimmysee says: Jun 21, 2011 10:31 PM

    Another country heard from!

  23. thenewwisewoo says: Jun 21, 2011 10:35 PM

    Newsworthy because MJD’s opinion is influential enough to move an entire NFL team!

    Oh wait, no he isn’t.

  24. rhf123 says: Jun 21, 2011 11:21 PM

    Knock knock.
    Who’s there?

    Jacksonville.

    Jacksonville who? Jacksonville who?

    Don’t deserve an NFL team either.

  25. paulbrownsrevenge says: Jun 21, 2011 11:34 PM

    If the raiders wont go back at ice cubes request, the jaguars will be headed to L.A. Jacksonville’s economy cant support a franchise. i think if this happens the jaguars name has to be dropped, or at least the hideous colors. my god, im not a big fashon football guy, but have some tradition, or look like you do. turquoise???? such a terrible color for anyone to be taken seriously in. almost as bad as the Ravens Flintstone numbers.

  26. paulbrownsrevenge says: Jun 21, 2011 11:37 PM

    The Raiders should just go back…… But Al Davis wont F*cking DIE!

  27. ravensfan4life52 says: Jun 21, 2011 11:43 PM

    the league is going to expand to include at least two more teams whether we like it or not. one expansion team is going to be in L.A. and another is going to be in England.

  28. recon163 says: Jun 21, 2011 11:43 PM

    @ philtration:

    “If they could not support the Rams and the Raiders then why does anyone believe that they would come out to see an expansion team? . . .They had their chances and they did not care. Move on already.”

    Not exactly what happened, but if it makes you feel better you continue believing it.

  29. recon163 says: Jun 21, 2011 11:51 PM

    @ Soulman45:

    “We get all the games we won’t on TV their is no money to build anything in LA that is money that can be use for a need people is in need of food housing the thing it take to live. You can’t build a stadium with no money.”

    You do know the proposed stadiums, if built, will be built with private money? So unless AEG or Majestic Realty is in the homeless shelter business, the poor will not lose out on housing.

    Check out the LA Times and the San Gabriel Valley Tribune for the stories…..

  30. judgejuday says: Jun 22, 2011 3:08 AM

    dontouchmyjunk says:
    Jun 21, 2011 9:01 PM

    “The teams that are out are the Chargers and the Raiders. The state of California already has those teams. The state would not help them relocate to LA. What the state will get behind is an entirely new business in the state. That means a team from one of your towns.”
    ————————————–

    You obviously know little about team relocation, funding and the process that goes behind it…the “State” plays little to no role. If Davis or Spanos see Los Angeles as a viable market with a Stadium ready to fill…they will relocate…plain and simple.

    Get a clue bud, this like any other business, not politics…and as a Charger fan this is a reality I hate to accept.

    F-the lockout

    Juday

  31. redskinsrt says: Jun 22, 2011 3:36 AM

    How many teams will L.A. have had if so?

  32. nekelund says: Jun 22, 2011 3:45 AM

    The thing about Los Angeles is that they had not one but two teams and managed to lose both of them decades ago, so I don’t see why the NFL “needs” to be in LA. This isn’t a situation where the Rams and Oakland were suddenly whisked away under cover of night a la Cleveland Browns (or conspired out of town a la Seattle Supersonics). L.A. managed to drive two teams out of town so I don’t see where the impetus to return there comes from.

    LA is the second or third biggest potential NFL market in the US, but they were 2nd or 3rd biggest market when they had 2, then

  33. nekelund says: Jun 22, 2011 3:46 AM

    2, then 1, then 0 teams. I want to know what LA has done, other than grouse about a stadium, to become a better NFL market.

  34. thermalito says: Jun 22, 2011 5:17 AM

    I think the Jaguars would be a perfect fit for LA. Move the Jags into the NFC West (gotta have that LA vs SF rivalry) and move the Rams into the AFC South where they would be within a few hours drive of both the Titans and Colts and you have a built in regional rivalry.

  35. dryzzt23 says: Jun 22, 2011 7:25 AM

    Oh ok, now that MJD has put his stamp of approval on this subject I feel much better about it (j/k)

    What is he gonna say next? that there needs to be a “player-owned team”?

  36. dryzzt23 says: Jun 22, 2011 7:38 AM

    I am sick & tired of MJD spewing his pro-player agenda on sirius NFL radio, I have yet to hear him debate an owner or an owners representative on the CBA issues. that way he can be educated on what the issues really are and how the business world looks at things b/c he has no clue whatsoever

  37. dspyank2k11 says: Jun 22, 2011 8:08 AM

    Bobby Kraft thinks there should be TWO teams in LA… TWO!

    They have already HAD at least 2 and failed every time.

    Raiders, Rams…

    MJD is welcome to take HIS team there :)

  38. harleyrider1973 says: Jun 22, 2011 8:32 AM

    @ judgejuday

    Jun 22, 2011 3:08 AM
    dontouchmyjunk says:
    Jun 21, 2011 9:01 PM

    “The teams that are out are the Chargers and the Raiders. The state of California already has those teams. The state would not help them relocate to LA. What the state will get behind is an entirely new business in the state. That means a team from one of your towns.”
    ————————————–

    You obviously know little about team relocation, funding and the process that goes behind it…the “State” plays little to no role. If Davis or Spanos see Los Angeles as a viable market with a Stadium ready to fill…they will relocate…plain and simple.

    Get a clue bud, this like any other business, not politics…and as a Charger fan this is a reality I hate to accept.

    F-the lockout

    Juday

    ______________________________
    I think what he talking about when he say the State wont get behind it is, AEG is asking the State for money (I think I heard 300 M) and they wont give money if a team from within CA just moves to LA. They want NEW business

  39. shackdelrio says: Jun 22, 2011 9:00 AM

    “paulbrownsrevenge says:
    Jun 21, 2011 11:34 PM
    If the raiders wont go back at ice cubes request, the jaguars will be headed to L.A. Jacksonville’s economy cant support a franchise. ”

    But California can support a third AFC team when the two AFC teams already there have blackout issues and need new stadiums?

  40. recon163 says: Jun 22, 2011 9:06 AM

    @ nekelund:

    “2, then 1, then 0 teams. I want to know what LA has done, other than grouse about a stadium, to become a better NFL market.”

    Hmmm…..your post reflects the differing attitude between LA and other towns.

    LA looks at it this way: We have 17 million people in the region with billions in discretionary spending money. We are the home of the TV, music, and film industry. We have the second largest TV market. We are the gateway to the Asian and Latino markets. So if you want to come and do business here, fine. If not, that is fine as well.

    And other localities see themselves as ‘needing’ the NFL. Smaller cities are more than willing to give the NFL and the team owner anything they want to keep a team, LA doesn’t.

    We don’t see a team as being our ‘identity’. It doesn’t define us nor does it reflect our self worth. Without a team we are still a big city with lots of money.

    As one wag wrote after the Lakers loss to the Mavs, “Lakers lose, but it is still 78 degrees and sunny outside the next day so enjoy another perfect So. Cal day.”

    So what have we done? Nothing, but then again we don’t need to do anything more.

  41. recon163 says: Jun 22, 2011 9:09 AM

    @ dspyank2k11:

    “They have already HAD at least 2 and failed every time. . . .Raiders, Rams…”

    You do know why these teams left don’t you? If not you should look it up.

  42. philtration says: Jun 22, 2011 9:20 AM

    recon163 says: Jun 21, 2011 11:43 PM

    @ philtration:

    “If they could not support the Rams and the Raiders then why does anyone believe that they would come out to see an expansion team? . . .They had their chances and they did not care. Move on already.”

    Not exactly what happened, but if it makes you feel better you continue believing it.
    ====================================

    You know what would make me feel better?
    The NFL settling the lock out instead of focusing on how to put yet another team in L.A.

    That and Jessica Alba.

  43. philtration says: Jun 22, 2011 9:28 AM

    LA looks at it this way: We have 17 million people in the region with billions in discretionary spending money. We are the home of the TV, music, and film industry. We have the second largest TV market. We are the gateway to the Asian and Latino markets. So if you want to come and do business here, fine. If not, that is fine as well.

    As one wag wrote after the Lakers loss to the Mavs, “Lakers lose, but it is still 78 degrees and sunny outside the next day so enjoy another perfect So. Cal day.”
    So what have we done? Nothing, but then again we don’t need to do anything more.
    ====================================

    Thanks for the tired steaming pile of crap that you call the TV, music, and film industry.
    What would we do without American Idol and Lady GaGa?

    California is broke. L.A. is a sprawling out of control cluster and you are being bleed dry by a ton of illegals.
    Enjoy that smog covered sun shine.

  44. recon163 says: Jun 22, 2011 9:35 AM

    @ shackdelrio:

    “But California can support a third AFC team when the two AFC teams already there have blackout issues and need new stadiums?”

    The California teams all need new stadiums, no doubt. Which will help the blackout situation.

    I think a team with a newer stadium and blackout issues probably has more to be concerned with.

    But if Al and Dean want to avoid blackouts they should follow the Weaver lead and cut ticket prices.

  45. recon163 says: Jun 22, 2011 9:37 AM

    @ philtration:

    “You know what would make me feel better?
    The NFL settling the lock out instead of focusing on how to put yet another team in L.A.”

    You must not be following along as that is exactly what is happening.

    “That and Jessica Alba.”

    Jessica would need someone that will pay attention to her, not sure you are up to the task.

  46. recon163 says: Jun 22, 2011 9:44 AM

    @ philtration:

    “Thanks for the tired steaming pile of crap that you call the TV, music, and film industry.”

    Your welcome. I see you pay attention to it so thanks for the money as well.

    “What would we do without American Idol and Lady GaGa?”

    Not sure, but we have plenty of other ideas and options for even the most ignorant amongst us. Like you.

    “California is broke. L.A. is a sprawling out of control cluster and you are being bleed dry by a ton of illegals.”

    Okay. Enjoy everything around you today. Your food? Probably picked by an illegal. The parts of your car, probably came through an LA port. The NFL Network? That is down the street from me. And I can go on, but you get the picture.

    Now where are you from again?

    “Enjoy that smog covered sun shine.”

    I will. Heading to the beach today and you?

  47. vadog says: Jun 22, 2011 10:32 AM

    LA has lost 3 teams. The Chargers started in LA before moving to San Dieago. LA has never really taken to the NFL for some reason. LA loves baseball and basketball, but has a history of apathetic support for the NFL.

    So, my question for all LA supporters is what has changed in the last 25 years? We know about the markets size, but it has been the 2nd largest market for almost 40 years! Why would citizens support an NFL franchise now, when they couldn’t or wouldn’t before?

  48. recon163 says: Jun 22, 2011 11:20 PM

    @ vadog

    “LA has lost 3 teams. The Chargers started in LA before moving to San Dieago. LA has never really taken to the NFL for some reason. LA loves baseball and basketball, but has a history of apathetic support for the NFL.”

    I always find the LA ‘failed as a market’ arguments as somewhat hypocritical. It can also be argued the NFL or in the case of the Rams and Raiders the owners, failed to work with the area to keep the team here.

    BTW: The NFL was set against the move of the Rams to STL, but allowed Georgia to move after losing a court case which Al Davis filed against the league arguing that he could move the team from Oakland to LA.

    If we use your criteria that the team moved so therefore the city failed, then should we also not lump Baltimore or Cleveland in the same category? How about Houston or Oakland?

    On the Chargers: They were the LA Chargers in 1960 and they competed directly against the established NFL franchise. In the early 60′s the AFL was viewed the same way as you see the UFL today.

    The Chargers competed against the Rams for one season in LA, the owner, seeing that he was not selling tickets, wisely moved his team to San Diego.

    So did LA fail him or did he fail to secure a place in the market?

    Curiously another franchise also competed against an NFL team for market share, the Dallas Texans. The NFL established the Cowboys specifically to claim the Dallas market. The Texans were unable to
    compete against the Cowboys and moved to KC. So can we also state that Dallas failed as a football market?

    The history lesson is simply a device to demonstrate that the rationales for moves are much more complex than the simplistic version
    you provide or understand.

    As for LA apathy for the NFL, well the late 70′s saw the Rams as one of the hardest tickets to get in LA. The Raiders also saw a great following when they were here. Of course, after the strike of 1987 attendance fell off dramatically.

    Both teams were looking for new stadiums by the time the 90′s rolled around and not getting one, moved on. Don’t believe me? The Raiders reasons for moving from LA are well documented in the court ruling for ‘Raiders V NFL’. The Rams reasons are to be found in the deal St Louis gave Georgia F.

    “So, my question for all LA supporters is what has changed in the last 25 years?”

    Does anything have to change? What do you think should be happening? There is a distinct difference in approach. You and others think LA has to do like most other NFL cities and give the owner anything they want.

    But yet more and more cities are adopting LA’s attitude, namely that they are not paying for stadiums. Minneapolis is saying no to public funding, New Jersey said no, New England said no, and New York City killed off the proposed Manhattan stadium. What we see is that bigger and more affluent areas don’t have a need to pay the NFL to come to town. Smaller cities that want to be considered as major players do.

    Let me use a golf analogy: The Masters doesn’t beg anyone to come there, the Houston Open does.

    It is clear the attitude of the people of LA is and will remain the same, we aren’t writing checks for the NFL. But that does not make it a failed NFL market.

    “Why would citizens support an NFL franchise now, when they couldn’t or wouldn’t before?”

    How many citizens does it take to support an NFL franchise? If we use the common fans model, (The stadium has to be filled.), I could argue that is not more than 120,000. You can’t get many more people into a stadium, now can you? But that 120k has to have some spending money, the ability to buy suites and club seats, and they have to do it 8 times a year.

    So how do you define support? I would offer that your POV and the NFL’s are different.

  49. jluttrell32 says: Jun 25, 2011 2:02 AM

    Soulman45 says: Jun 21, 2011 9:30 PM I live in Buena Park just out side of LA please all teams stay away from LA we don’t need you. We get all the games we won’t on TV their is no money to build anything in LA that is money that can be use for a need people is in need of food housing the thing it take to live. You can’t build a stadium with no money.
    _______________________________

    Soulman45, I agree with you I think? Seems as if you left out another need that L.A. could invest in is the public school system!

  50. bigvinnyinjax says: Jul 4, 2011 4:18 PM

    When the NFL finally does return to LA, MoRon MoJo’s career will already be over. He can be a paying fan of the new LA team whenever that is. MoRon MoJo has criticized the Jacksonville area fans and made it crystal clear he doesn’t like it here. He can spend plenty of time in CA during the lockout this year, and if there is a season he’ll miss half of the games anyway with a knee injury (all the while criticizing Cutler for doing the same).

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