LaDainian Tomlinson was a fan favorite during his nine seasons playing with the Chargers in San Diego, and the team is now hoping the former star running back can help drum up support in a new place.
Tomlinson is joining the Los Angeles Chargers as a special assistant to the Spanos family, according to a press release from the team. His goal will be to focus on engaging fans in the community.
“L.T. is one of the most beloved and iconic Chargers of all time,” Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos said. “His active involvement in our fight for Los Angeles is vital, and he represents the very best of what it means to be a Charger on the field and in the community.”
Tomlinson currently works as an analyst for NFL Network, and he will continue with that role in 2017.
The Chargers have to compete with the L.A. Rams for a market share, and that will be no easy task. If you saw the way fans in San Diego reacted after the team left, you get the impression not many of them will be remaining loyal to the team in L.A. Tomlinson’s job will be to help bridge that gap, though it remains to be seen how much one former player is going to help.
The Los Angeles Chargers may be in the market for a quarterback in April’s NFL Draft.
Chargers general manager Tom Telesco refused to rule out the possibility of drafting a quarterback at some point during the draft.
“We’re very happy with Philip Rivers, and I think he’s got a number of good years left in him,” Telesco said on NFL Network’s Up To The Minute on Thursday, via Conor Orr of NFL.com. “We can win with Philip, and we’re happy with him. But since I’ve arrived here, we’ve always done a lot of work on the quarterbacks. You just have to.
“Even though we have our franchise quarterback, we always have to be looking toward the future. It’s work we’ve done every year. We’ll do work on all the quarterbacks. You never say never. You just never know in this business. You have to be prepared in this business, whether you’re picking at No. 7 or if we trade back, it’s just hard to tell right now. We will scout every position like we don’t have someone there, and we’ll make determinations draft day on what we end up doing. But right now we’re very happy with Philip. He’s the leader of this football team, and we feel like we can win with him.”
It would be silly for Telesco to rule anything out. Rivers is staying for now, but he’s also 35 and won’t be around forever. If the Chargers can find a young quarterback they’d like for good value in the draft, they should pull the trigger.
Are or were you a fan of the San Diego Chargers? Were you such a die-hard fan that you decided to get a tattoo to pledge your allegiance to the team? Does that tattoo make you sick to look at now that the Chargers are heading back to Los Angeles?
There may be a solution to your problem.
LaserAway, a company that specializes in laser removal of tattoos, is offering to remove or alter tattoos for San Diego residents who have Chargers artwork on their bodies. Todd Heckman, the president of the company, told TMZ that it usually takes six to eight sessions costing between $1,000 and $5,000 to remove a tattoo, but LaserAway is willing to offer the procedure for free to help scorned Chargers fans.
And that’s not all. If anyone with a Chargers tattoo is still going to follow the team, LaserAway will remove just the “San Diego” portion.
Judging by the reaction of Chargers fans after the team announced the move north (videos here), we’re guessing there are more than a few people out there who will capitalize on the offer.
Among those not happy about the Chargers moving to Los Angeles is a California Baptist church.
After playing in San Diego since 1961, the Chargers will be back in Los Angeles (where they called home in 1960) for the upcoming season. Not surprisingly, the decision to move hasn’t gone over well in and around the San Diego area. One church used it’s sign to display a message regarding the relocation.
The sign outside of Community Baptist Church in Fallbrook, CA read “God will never forsake you — unlike the Chargers”
The feeling of the team abandoning San Diego is one certainly shared by more than a few in the area. A group of San Diego movers have vowed to not help the franchise in their efforts to change cities. We know how many fans felt. You can see what some did with their old team gear here.
The Chargers are a bit of a punching bag right now for those around San Diego and it will likely be a little while before it dies down.
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It turns out that the San Diego Chargers’ decision to move to Los Angeles is unpopular pretty much everywhere else as well.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, NFL owners and league executives alike are unhappy with the team’s move, with the league office said to be “besides itself,” with the move having been “bungled so bad” that there is a hope that the Chargers may reverse course and return to San Diego. That is viewed as highly unlikely.
“There are a ton of owners very upset that [the Chargers] moved,” one source told Schefter.
It’s probably too late to turn back now, but this bodes poorly for the Los Angeles Chargers. Their move has been rather comical and they’re not being well-received in Los Angeles. There remains healthy skepticism as to whether the city can support two teams so soon after having none. It seems many associated with the league feel that way, too.
It’s safe to say that the fans in Los Angeles have yet to warm up to the Chargers.
The Chargers announced on Thursday that they are moving to Los Angeles despite making their home in San Diego since 1961. Many sports fans were excited to get the Rams back after the city went over two decades without an NFL team, but that excitement quickly wore off after the Rams started losing and worse yet — could hardly score points on offense. So you can imagine how thrilled the fans are to have another losing NFL team move to the city.
During Saturday’s Clippers-Lakers game, the Chargers logo — when shown on the Staples Center scoreboard — was booed.
LA Chargers logo gets put up on the big screen at the Lakers/Clippers game giving this crowd something to agree on. They booed it.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) January 14, 2017
So was Chargers tight end Jeff Cumberland at first, although the fans later softened after realizing he didn’t do anything wrong.
Jeff Cumberland has been a "Los Angeles Chargers tight end" for two days and Staples Center booed him too. pic.twitter.com/2Neme66Uk3
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) January 14, 2017
They booed until they realized Jeff Cumberland never did anything to them. Then they cheered a little. https://t.co/DpeIGowQBj
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) January 14, 2017
It’s going to take some time for fans to come around. And if it doesn’t, then the Chargers’ move to LA will not work out. For now, at least they’re listening to public opinion and discarded a widely derided logo they had unveiled.
That Los Angeles Chargers logo that you probably made jokes about on social media is no more.
President of business operations A.G. Spanos said in a statement Saturday that the logo would not be used by the team in any further material, admitting that the backlash caught them off guard.
“The logo that was revealed on Thursday was meant to help launch our brand into the market and supplement — not replace — our official team marks,” Spanos said, via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk. “Clearly, we miscalculated how the logo would be received, and we’ve taken it out of the rotation.
“If we make a mistake, we own it, learn from it, and move on without looking back.”
Spanos said it was possible the team may revisit an L.A.-style logo eventually, this time with fan input.
Even if this logo was only meant to supplement things, we’re guessing the Chargers would have much rather not had to deal with this so soon after announcing their move to Los Angeles. When other pro sports teams start clowning on your logo, though, you don’t have a lot of choices – it’s time to dump it and start over.