Chargers need to start making some moves

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As the Rams reshape their defense in an effort to get to the proverbial next level, the Chargers run the risk of getting left in the Southern California dust.

With both teams sharing the nation’s second-biggest market (and, soon, the NFL’s newest stadium), the Rams and Chargers currently are in a competition for hearts, minds, and wallets in L.A. The Rams are winning.

In contrast, the Chargers are in denial.

“I guess I just don’t look at it like that,” G.M. Tom Telesco said last week when asked whether he believes that his team is competing with the Rams. “It’s such a big city. I never look at it as we’re competing with the Rams at all. Maybe it’s because I know [G.M.] Les Snead well. I know coach [Sean] McVay well. They’re good people. . . . We’re competing with our division, number one, and then the rest of the NFL, number two. Not so much with the Rams. I think there’s plenty in the market for everybody. We know we’ve got a lot of work to do. We’re brand new to the market. We have a big fan base we have to build. It’s going to be measured in years. It’s not going to be games.”

He’s right, but the Rams got a head start in 2016, emerged as the better team in 2017, and are the early winners of the 2018 offseason. The Chargers, while they may have big plans for the coming weeks, need to consider trying to match what the Rams are doing.

Here’s a good start, suggested in Thursday’s PFT Live: Sign cornerback Richard Sherman, reuniting him with former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and bringing Sherman home to L..A. The good news is that, with the Rams trading for Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, the Chargers wouldn’t have to compete with their cross-town team to get Sherman.

The better news is that Sherman would bring sizzle to a Chargers team that needs to be treating each game of each season as a chance to build the fan base.

24 responses to “Chargers need to start making some moves

  1. The NFL needs to make two moves;

    Force that useless trust fund kid to sell his team.

    Move the Chargers back to their rightful home in San Diego.

  2. Mexico? The Chargers play in a picnic park. Only fans from the opponent buy their over priced tickets. The Chargers are extremely irrelevant in the NFL and will always be bridesmades.

  3. This guy is a fool. Heck yes you are competing for the fan base. Young kids will be shaped who they root for largely depending upon who their parents/family/friends will follow. The Rams already had a year head start. It just goes to show you the small market mentality of Telesco.

  4. The worst thing the Chargers can do is to start making “moves” in order to compete with the Rams. The best thing they can do is make smart free agent signings, select quality players, who fit in with their team philosophy/chemistry, in the draft, and trade expensive players away to other teams 1 year prior to becoming bad and avoid trading for expensive players 1 year prior to becoming bad. It also helps to have good coaching.

  5. “I guess I just don’t look at it like that,” G.M. Tom Telesco said last week when asked whether he believes that his team is competing with the Rams. “It’s such a big city.

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    A big city that hasn’t shown it can consistently support one football team, let alone two. One went to the playoffs last season, and just built a top tier secondary, maybe the best in football. Then there’s the Chargers. Always on the doorstep but afraid to ring the bell.

    I’d be looking for a new GM.

  6. I think Sherman reuniting with Saleh more likely. Niners are goin to match LA Rams with Sherman/Trumaine Johnson pairing.

  7. The Chargers are in denial? Doing nothing is what’s better known as business as usual for the Spanos family.

    What’s the last big free agent the Chargers broke the bank for? You’re going to be looking for awhile.

  8. I couldn’t agree more that they need to show some “outside of the box” thinking, but this is the Spanos family who have built an entire organization of nepotism. They are a talented team that with a few free agent additions and a solid draft will be in the thick of the playoff battle. Instead they have sat on their hands and their big offseason moves so far was signing Roberto Aguayo. I’m sure that caused at least 10,000 additional fans to buy season tickets.

    With that said, Richard Sherman does not make sense as they are really deep at cornerback with Casey Hayward, Trevor Williams, Desmond King, and Jason Verrett coming back from ACL surgery. They need to sign Zach Brown and/or Star Lotuleiei to bolster the middle of what could be a top defense.

  9. Love the Bolts players (Rivera, Gates, Bosa etc) but I love seeing the Spanos clan with egg on their face. Losing the Battle of LA is just another opportunity to see the Spanos’ humiliated and one step closer to the door that leads back to San Diego!

  10. “I never look at it as we’re competing with the Rams at all.”

    Based on the Dolts future success of winning over LA, that’s probably a wise approach.

  11. chargerdillon says:
    March 9, 2018 at 12:38 pm
    The Chargers are in denial? Doing nothing is what’s better known as business as usual for the Spanos family.

    What’s the last big free agent the Chargers broke the bank for? You’re going to be looking for awhile.

    Why whould they need to “Break the bank for anyone”??? Casey Hayward is arguably the best free agent signing in the league the last 3 years

  12. You kind of feel for guys like Tom Telesco having to be the public face for a self serving and greedy owner like Spanos. He has to make the best of bad situation and try to make something from the lemons he has been given. Adding Richard Sherman would only make a dysfunctional situation worse.

  13. I dunno why people keep talking about these teams competing for the PA market. Its pointpess. LA will NEVER be good for football. NY might be the city with the mosts transplants but that has a lot to do with immigration. LA is the city that Americans transplant to the most. People come there from every state trying to make it in hollywood, fashion, or be apart of the music or club scene. They arent the kind of people who care about football, and the ones that do already have rooting interests. Now u can say look at the Lakers. Yeah people go there but thats a status thing. They dont care about the games they just wanna be scene. That doesnt happen at football games, you are just another fan. Maybe theyll will show a celeb once in a while but not enough to get the to go like in the nba where they are right next to the players.

    Its just not that kind of city. Football is inherently blue collar which is the like the worst thing imaginable to be associated for these people.

    Im sorry but they will never have enough fans for 1 team let alone 2. Heck the Rams were a top 5 team this year yet the stadium was either 30% full each game or filled 70% by opposing fans. You cant bank on that everytime. Not every fan base travels like Eagles fans.

    I am 100% certain that when this new stadium gets old in the tooth no one will be clamoring for a 2nd 1. Not the team or city. They will not have a LA team 20 years from now. They will probably only have 1 team within a decade.

  14. By the way Telsco is right, he isnt competing with the Rams. That would be foolish. They have what a 10-15 year head start in LA. They have to do something else to get fans, trying to go head to head vs the Rams with “sizzle” isnt the way.

  15. ” Football is inherently blue collar which is the like the worst thing imaginable to be associated for these people.”

    Remains one of the most enduring lies about LA is that they can’t or won’t watch football.

    LA caught onto to the NFL while most of the rest of the country was still obsessing over baseball. Rams led the NFL in attendance 14 times during their first run in LA.

    Can’t complain about the turnout in the wild card game vs Atlanta. After a generation without football, it will take some time for football roots to set in again.

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