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BOSA Development… of our Defense!


This is the first draft I have really liked since we got Shawne Merriman and co.  There was a lot of underlying strategy to this draft from drafting Bosa’s teammate, Joshua Perry to drafting the 2015 MAC Defensive Player of the Year who was also a three time first-team All-MAC selection in order to bolster our LB depth.  DEEP… finally!  Let’s just hope we can make it through the pre-season healthy.


In addition to the Defensive additions, I like the fact that we brought in an NFL pedigree FB in Derek Watt who was Melvin Gordon’s teammate and lead blocker in college.  Oh yeah, he’s JJ Watt’s brother and they will face each other this year.  We also brought in a BIG offensive lineman in the 7th round, Donovan Clark.  We also drafted the best TE in this year’s draft who didn’t drop a pass last year… that probably means he’ll drop several crucial passes for us this year if you believe in the “San Diego curse” which is essentially; “We have beautiful weather, great people, and awesome beer so our sports teams are doomed to ultimately fail because we can’t have everything and other cities are not blessed with our amenities so the fairness gods throw them a bone and let them have some trophies.”  San Diegans ultimately come out on top in the long run even though we are usually heartbroken until the next wave of sunshine and swells come through.


Fact Check: Ease of the Chargers Leaving

This was a great article by Keegan Kyle posted on November 18, 2010 to Voice of San Diego.

Statement: “The Chargers are literally just a check away from leaving Qualcomm Stadium: between February 1 and April 30 of every year from now through 2020, the Chargers can get out of their lease by writing a check to the city of San Diego — this year, the amount is about $26 million, and it decreases annually,” Fanhouse reported Nov. 15 in a story about a potential NFL stadium in Los Angeles.

Determination: True

Analysis: The buzz surrounding a new Chargers stadium intensified this week after Fanhouse.com reported that Alex Spanos has hired Goldman Sachs to sell a minority share in the team. Spanos now owns 36 percent of the team while his four children split another 60 percent.

Spanos had been reportedly pitching the share to wealthy individuals in Los Angeles, where developers have recently increased their efforts to relocate an NFL team.

The Chargers are among several NFL teams viewed as potential candidates for Los Angeles, Fanhouse noted, because it could easily end its stadium deal with the city of San Diego.

The Chargers are literally just a check away from leaving Qualcomm Stadium: between February 1 and April 30 of every year from now through 2020, the Chargers can get out of their lease by writing a check to the city of San Diego — this year, the amount is about $26 million, and it decreases annually.

And in fact, that’s true.

If the team wants to leave, it must notify the city during the three-month period between February and May and pay the city for breaking the lease. The next period begins February 2011 and the cost of breaking the lease would be $25.8 million.

This graphic shows how the cost of breaking the lease decreases each year through 2020.

Essentially, yes, the Chargers are one check away from leaving Qualcomm Stadium.

But there’s still a major hurdle that the team would have to overcome before moving to Los Angeles or any other city. The National Football League requires the approval of at least three-fourths of the other teams in order for a team to relocate.

Before transferring a franchise to another city, teams must provide audited financial reports, explain efforts to improve the current stadium and describe how the stadium doesn’t meet its needs.

Weighing whether to approve transfers, the league looks at factors like fan loyalty, the willingness to remedy stadium deficiencies, the team’s finances, any change in ownership, other teams’ locations and whether the stadium owner opposes the transfer.

Since the city owns Qualcomm Stadium, it would be able to advise the league on whether to allow the Chargers to leave town. So while the Chargers could simply write a check and leave the stadium, that wouldn’t automatically cut the team’s ties to San Diego.

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Mayor, 2 supervisors discuss downtown site

Mayor Jerry Sanders

SAN DIEGO — San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders met privately with county Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Ron Roberts Monday to discuss building a downtown football stadium for the Chargers.

All three declined interviews through intermediaries after the Mayor’s Office sent an e-mail to the media about 6 p.m., 45 minutes after the session ended.

“The Chargers are a regional asset and helping them will require regional cooperation,” the e-mail said.

It ended: “This is the first of several meetings that we will have to discuss ideas for solving the significant challenges that lie ahead.”

The officials and some staff met for an hour in a conference room at the county building. They didn’t set a next meeting date, Roberts spokesman Tim McClain said.

McClain said Roberts “is interested in helping the Chargers stay in San Diego County. I can’t say that he’s interested in spending county resources. That’s not what was discussed. They met to discuss strategies.”

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Below are computer generated images of Downtown SD with a stadium.

Images Courtesy of The Scott & BR Show – XX Website