Jason Peters: Chargers are basically playing 16 road games

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The good news for the Chargers is that, unlike their L.A. neighbors, the home stadium doesn’t have empty seats. The bad news is that plenty of those seats are occupied by fans of the visiting team.

“I mean, it’s almost like the Chargers got 16 away games,” Eagles tackle Jason Peters told reporters after Sunday’s Philadelphia win in L.A., via USA Today. “It’s going to be tough sledding for those guys.’’

The game was a sellout, but the Eagles had plenty of fans present. On offense, they never had to use a silent count.

“When we came out, it was like a home game,’’ Peters said. “A lot of fans here supporting us, and it helped us.’’

The Chargers have played three straight games at the StubHub Center, losing all of them. They host the Broncos there in three weeks. Up next, the 0-4 Chargers face the 0-4 Giants in the “something’s gotta give” bowl.

58 responses to “Jason Peters: Chargers are basically playing 16 road games

  1. When the Chargers were in San Diego there would be some games where the road team would have a good amount of fans, games against Oakland and KC being examples. But what is happening now that they’ve moved to Carson is even worse – that stadium was 90% Eagles fans, 10% Chargers fans. If this game had been in San Diego it would have been 70% Chargers fans 30% Eagles fans. Last week against Kansas City was the same situation – it was 90% Chief fans and 10% Charger fans. This is not a good look at all.

  2. They are the 3rd most popular team in the city at best, far behind the Raiders and Rams. Not to mention the fact that a large percentage of fhe LA residents with enough money to go to these games are transplants that didn’t grow up in the area. Poor planning by the league and Chargers ownership. I feel bad for the players, and the diehards of San Diego

  3. The Chargers should’ve remained in San Diego but they decided the economics were better in LA. I don’t feel bad for the Chargers but i don’t think they are long for LA.

  4. San Diego had a true fan base for their beloved Chargers. Win or lose they were always there for them unconditionally. To have an owner not named Gene Klein move them for financial gain and with no regard for the die hard locals is a travesty. A wise man once said “The bond of a true family is not of blood but of respect and love for each other” …

  5. The Chargers are in this deplorable situation because their owner and his billionaire friends who approved the move are clueless, greedy and hopelessly out of touch. I bet Spanos doesn’t even care that 1,000 Chargers fans show up at the soccer stadium for their “home” games. I still call them the San Diego Chargers.

  6. San Diego does not want them back if it’s the same owner….period

    The NFL blew it…San Diego is a great place to host a Super Bowl…every 4 years
    and who wouldn’t want to come to San Diego in February with 70 degree sunny weather

  7. Seriously, 3 years of this???

    What a total disaster.
    All AFC home field advantages will go through the AFC West for the next 3 years.
    That extra game is huge for the standings.

  8. Fans in L.A. have no clue what is going on. There are two NFL teams that call Los Angeles home. They both wear blue and yellow. Make your pick between the Chargers and the Rams. Stop rooting for road teams.

    Spanos should have looked closer at STL or San Antonio. Had measure C passed, they wouldn’t have needed to move.

  9. Gee, this will make it even harder for the team that refuses to spend on free agents to retain talent. Couldn’t think of a better owner for this to happen to!

  10. For franchises that need new stadiums, the NFL needs to provide low-interest loans to the franchise/owners, and have league controlled and league financed stadiums that take the burden off of local municipalities. This debt could be structured to be paid off with 30% of their annual revenue sharing. This would allow the league to keep teams in locales where they are supported by a strong fan base, without holding the cities and fans hostage every 20-30 years.

    That way, the Raiders stay in Oakland, and the Chargers stay in San Diego.

  11. This scenario that the NFL allowed to happen and where the Chargers have ended up and bailing on San Diego is why fans should tell the NFL to eff off. Not for silent, peaceful displays.

  12. Let’s see. They play Denver next at stub hub. Might as well invite all the Denver hall of famers for a halftime ceremony to make the home crowd happy.

    Maybe they should tighten up ticket buying rules. Like if you had to buy 2 galaxy soccer games with each charger game purchase?

  13. Dean Spanos should have rebranded the team and changed the team colors. The fact that he didn’t rebrand is proof that he wants to sell the team when the ban the NFL has placed on selling/flipping the team after moving it has expired.

    @mdintino1420: Unfortunately Dean Spanos had already mentally cashed in his ticket to move to LA when he opted to put Measure C on the ballot. The Chargers organization knew Measure C had no chance of passing because it required a two-thirds vote. Something that’s very difficult to achieve with any ballot measure in California. Even though the Chargers were already approved to move to Los Angeles, the Chargers needed Measure C as a “we tried” public relations excuse as proof to the NFL, the league owners and the rest of the citizens of planet Earth that they have exhausted all solutions in San Diego and now must move the franchise to LA. Dean Spanos claimed that 25% of their Chargers fanbase resided in the Los Angeles/Orange County region…well since their first official home game this season there has been 25% Chargers fans and 75% opposing team’s fans. Dean Spanos got what he wanted.

  14. Seriously, 3 years of this???

    What a total disaster.
    All AFC home field advantages will go through the AFC West for the next 3 years.
    That extra game is huge for the standings.

    —————-

    3 years of unfair competive edge in a small soccer stadium. Countless years after that being in kronke’s Los Angeles.

    Who honestly thinks the spanos family has the charisma and football smarts to turn this embarrassment around?

    The owners obviously thought the nfl was bulletproof when they approved this move

  15. Spanos’ rejection of San Diego is as bad as Art Modell’s was for Cleveland and John Irsay’s for Baltimore. The absolute worst of the three: it has to be Irsay’s move from Baltimore to Indy . . . it was done in the middle of the night.

  16. LA Native here. LA had great support when only the Rams played in LA and not in Anaheim. With the Raiders showing up, Rams moving to Anaheim, fans support got watered down. Rams and Chargers have kind of the same fanbase so they compete with each other for fans. Rams and Raiders have a very different fanbase that don’t care for each other. Rams should have been the only team to come to LA, maybe with the Raiders. Bringing the Charger there alienated Raider fans and created a tug of fans between the Chargers and Rams. And to those who say StL got screwed, they screwed LA in 1995, that was 49 years of history they took. Rams came back home. I do feel bad for SD and Oakland but not StL.

  17. riverhorsey says:
    October 1, 2017 at 11:57 pm
    The Chargers haven’t had a decent fan base for years.
    The place in San Diego was half full for years.

    —————

    The Chargers haven’t had a decent owner for years.
    The place in San Diego was half full since the raiders chargers stadium partnership plan in Carson was announced years ago

    Fixed it for you

  18. “The Chargers haven’t had a decent fan base for years.
    The place in San Diego was half full for years.”

    This impending slap in the face from their owner has been looming over them for years. You can hardly blame them for refusing to give him any more of their money.

  19. You guys always said to show your displeasure with teams and the NFL wth your wallet. We are doing just that. We in LA didn’t want the Chargers and especially not Dean Spanos. We all saw what Spanos did to our neighbors to the South of us. Why should we reward Spanos for his greed? You guys should be thanking LA

  20. The chargers need to go back to San Diego,this is going to turn into a huge issue eventually,nobody cares about them here in LA!LA will only support one franchise and that can only be the rams,the chargers will need to go back to San Diego if they want ta you chance to succeed.the clock is ticking on the death of their fan base.
    P.S
    GO NINERS!!!

  21. Leaving San Diego for Los Angeles was a terrible mistake by Dean Spanos, but the interesting question from here is if Goodell and the other owners lift a finger to correct the obvious problem. At what point does somebody admit that sending this team to LA is going to be a total and complete disaster?

  22. nsm70 said:”

    LA Native here. LA had great support when only the Rams played in LA and not in Anaheim. With the Raiders showing up, Rams moving to Anaheim, fans support got watered down. Rams and Chargers have kind of the same fanbase so they compete with each other for fans. Rams and Raiders have a very different fanbase that don’t care for each other. Rams should have been the only team to come to LA, maybe with the Raiders. Bringing the Charger there alienated Raider fans and created a tug of fans between the Chargers and Rams. And to those who say StL got screwed, they screwed LA in 1995, that was 49 years of history they took. Rams came back home. I do feel bad for SD and Oakland but not StL.”

    Didn’t the owner of the Rams team at the time (Georgia Frontiere) want to move the Rams back to her hometown (ST. Louis) after her husband died?

    BTW, I don’t think the move happens, if St. Louis hadn’t already lost the Cardinals to Arizona/Pheonix.

    I seriously doubt that there will be anymore team movement announced anytime soon, unless the Chargers move back to San Diego. The NFL has a problem that was absolutely forseeable. The NFL is acting like the hot girl that thinks she will always be hot. That everyone will always want to go out with her no matter where she goes and no matter who she is with. Only to find out over time that attitude, time/age, and location in and of themselves changes everything.

    If the Chargers move anywhere else other than back to San Diego, than I don’t see how they develop a fanbase at a new location. They are moving to Los Angeles, if they try and leave before they play one game at the new stadium, what new fan base regardless of location would want to invest any hard earned dollars going to the games and buying merchandise?

    It seems strange that reportedly, Goodell was at the Charger game yesterday. Why would he be there? He has to know that the Chargers can’t remain at that location until the new stadium is built.

    Apparently some of the fans in San Diego don’t want the Chargers back as long as Spanos is the owner. Then of course there is the franchise relocation fee. What happens to that if they move back to San Diego? Would the Chargers have to pay the fee twice? Does it get waived if they move back to San Diego, but not if they move anywhere else?

    As a former Charger fan, it is really fun watching this team fall apart game after game.

  23. LA never supported one team, why the NFL would give them 2 is moronic. Chargers will be on the move within 5 years.

  24. Even my Dolphins where our stadium sometimeshas 40% away fans outnumbered the Chargers fans also. Give it up and go back to SD. Admit a mistake and make it up to the fans. NFL greedy owners can do something good for once.

  25. I am confused why the posters are blaming the league for this – weren’t the owners the ones jockeying for the relocation to CA?

  26. Is there a mechanism in place for the league to remove an owner? San Diego fans don’t want a Spanos-owned team back. Los Angeles doesn’t want a second NFL team AT ALL. No other potential NFL city is going to put up with Spanos for long, either. The Chargers are going to start hurting the wallets of the league (the league IS the owners), and then what? I think you have to push Spanos out, somehow.

  27. Spanos moved an almost 60 year franchise in the nations 8th largest city with the best weather up north to a city that absolutely does not care about NFL football. He tore the hearts out of San Diego Charger fans. He gets what he deserves. I hope they don’t win a game.

  28. I know a few Chargers fans in LA. They will go to 1-2 games tops because it’s a 1-3 hour drive each way, and it’s really expensive. The fan with a small family got free tickets but still spent a few hundred on helping out with $100 parking, concessions, etc. The fan with the big family would probably have to spend $1,000 to $2,000 to go, and it’s a huge pain to get there and go home. Still not sure why anyone would do that.

  29. Honestly kind of amused to see this play out. I feel for San Diego fans and frankly the players, but this is an owner feeling consequences for abandoning a city for ‘greener pastures’ for once. They’ve been more than willing to ditch cities that have given them a ton, only to trade up for the equivalent of a new trophy wife. Well, this new trophy wife has the herp, and the owner seems to really deserve what he’s getting. A lot of the owners that moved teams deserve this. This just seems like an owner finally getting what they deserve for screwing over a fanbase.

  30. Zero Free Agents are going to sign up to play for the Chargers.

    That organizations will be begging players to come play for them.

    Record next 3 seasons:

    1-15

    0-16

    1-15

  31. I never understood the Chargers “plan” in the first place. The NFL shares TV revenue so simply moving to a larger TV market does nothing on its own–you’d need to be popular in that larger market OR have a sweetheart stadium deal to realize any benefits at all. And they’re not popular and knew from the beginning the new stadium will belong outright to Kroenke and the Rams. There’s no big windfall coming to the Chargers from stadium naming rights or anything–in fact, they’ll owe Kroenke rent. The only plus I can see for the Spanos clan is they can bill the team as “ready to relocate” without any local backlash when they do sell the team.

  32. WOW! I’m trying to digest these terrific comments. Here are the facts:
    1. Spanos trapped himself. He can’t move again with another relocation fee of $650 million.
    2. He won’t sell the team as a new owner would have to relocate for $650 million on top of the $1 billion selling price. LA can’t work with two teams.
    3. As I stated months ago, the Chargers have no “home games” for the next 3 OR 4 years.
    4. There is no Charger fan base in LA and one won’t be built in decades if ever.
    5. The NFL is facing a massive problem now as “relief” from moving again is not coming. Owners will not give up their share of relocation fees. If they do, it will set a bad precedent which they won’t accept.
    6. The NFL screwed up by allowing this disasterous move when they knew the LA entertainment dollar was spread too thin. The Charger to San Diego to LA,Rams to Anaheim to St. Louis to LA, the Raiders to LA back to Oakland and now to Las Vegas is a mess.
    7. The Charger unraveling will give Davis pause in moving to Las Vegas. Dropping a fan base can spell disaster. Davis thinks they’ll drive to LV. They won’t.
    8. The longer the Chargers remain away from San Diego, the less opportunity there is to recover their decades long fan loyalty. It can be recovered, but must be done quickly, in concert with a renovation of San Diego Stadium……if Spanos cares at all. The NFL has to move NOW to set this up. The 2018 Charger season will be a disaster in every way.
    9. NO team with perhaps Dallas, the Patriots and Packers can have good stadium attendance with a non-competitive franchise

  33. The NFL would have been better of giving Philly a second team then LA. We are all die hard Eagles fans but we are even bigger Philadelphia fans and sports fans in general. Even though our first love would always be the Eagles we would have still shown up for the games. Unlike LA who cant be bothered.

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