Report: Chargers to announce move to Los Angeles

And it is finally going to happen.

After entertaining the idea of moving, the San Diego Chargers will be the Los Angeles Chargers. According to ESPN, the announcement is expected on Thursday. I wonder if they will have a name change.

The Chargers have struggled to find a way to get a new stadium and the fan support hasn’t been strong in San Diego. That doesn’t mean that the support in Los Angeles will be that much better. The Rams are not good and fans aren’t showing up to the home games.

At this point, it looks like the Chargers will share the Coliseum with the Rams unless there are plans to use the Rose Bowl. Those are the two major stadiums in Los Angeles that can host an NFL team.

This is sad for San Diego. They deserve better. Los Angeles doesn’t need a second team. But here are we are. Welcome to Los Angeles, Phil. How do you feel about it?

 

Would a return of an NFL team to Los Angeles really work?

The more I hear about a football coming back to Los Angeles, the more skeptical I get. It’s been over two decades since Los Angeles had a team. In fact, they had two teams. But they have been trying so hard to get one back since losing the Rams and Raiders. And not surprisingly, those are the two teams (along with the Chargers) that appear to be candidates for a move to Los Angeles.

One problem I have always wondered was where they would play. You can’t get the team to play at the Coliseum again, so you have to build a new stadium. Can they get the land and voter approval? What about finances?

There are a lot of things that go into securing a location for a new team. There is a proposal going on tomorrow and the new stadium looks very advanced. Of course, these are ideas for now and I doubt we will see a team in Los Angeles at least for a few years. With cities trying to retain their team, this ongoing battle will go on for a while I believe. Los Angeles is a great big city but has failed in keeping two teams. They might have a better chance at doing it this time, but will everything align for them to even be in serious contention to get a team?

My predictions for Sunday’s Divisional round games

Here are my predictions for the second round of the playoffs.

The 49ers are healthier since their last meeting with the Panthers and are on a 7-game winning streak.

SAN FRANCISCO (5) VS CAROLINA (2)

The last time these two met, the 49ers had injuries to Vernon Davis, Ray McDonald. Aldon Smith was limited in snaps following his return from rehab and Michael Crabtree wasn’t playing. This 49ers team is different from the one that lost to the Panthers 10-9 in Week 10.

But does that mean the Panthers have no chance? The Panthers defense still pose a great threat to the 49ers’ passing game. Their secondary plays well and the pass rush is what gave Colin Kaepernick his worst performance of the year. If the Panthers can get the pressure on Kaepernick, then that just puts more pressure on the run game to bail the offense out.

Cam Newton makes his playoff debut and he has a lot of pressure on him to succeed. If Steve Smith is not at full strength, that means Newton has to make a lot out of his receiving weapons that is good, but not elite. Also, the running game for the Panthers has to set the tone against a stout 49ers defense.

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My predictions for Sunday’s Wild Card round games

It’s time for the playoffs once again! Here are my quick predictions on today’s games.

The Bengals won their first meeting last month.

SAN DIEGO (6) VS CINCINNATI (3)

What intrigues me about this rematch is that both teams are slightly different than the last time they met. Andy Dalton, while having a fantastic season, still has his inconsistencies with ball security. He is prone to throw interceptions and that is an issue that he has to fix or else it could cost the Bengals.

Philip Rivers has started to play better and the emergence of Keenan Allen has really helped the passing game grow. It could be a battle between Allen and A.J. Green in terms of who will have the bigger impact in stretching the field.

The key factor in this game might come down to how the defense can stop the run. Ryan Mathews has emerged as a running back that can change the pace of the game and the Bengals feature two solid backs in BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Gio Bernard. Whichever defense can hold the running game in check should win this.

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My Top 10 best NFL helmets of all time

Last night I started to think about the best helmets in NFL history. It was something that I decided to make a list of right here just because why not? The NFL helmet is the identity of the team. I remember the old Monday Night Football intros where both helmets crash into each other. That’s priceless.

So with that in mind, I’ve decided to create my own personal list of the Top 10 helmets in NFL history that I think stand the test of time. Feel free to disagree with me here.

Before I begin, here are some basic criteria that I used to determine which helmets should be on the list.

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Chargers making minor changes to uniforms

The Chargers officially announced three minor changes to their uniform set.

  1. The nameplates will be a two-tone look (see image below).
  2. The neckroll is gone and the collars will match the color of the jersey.
  3. The socks will feature a gold stripe midway up the calf.

This is what the nameplate will look like.

The Chargers are going through a minor nameplate change.

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Feeling a little Norvous?

Are you feeling it?

I know this was from Thursday but it still cracks me up. Chargers fans have been hoping for Norv Turner to lose his job, but a 31-13 win over the worst team in the league keeps him safe for now.

Even though the saying isn’t really a new one, it was the first I’ve heard of it and probably the same for the rest of the nation outside of San Diego.

I can’t imagine how it must feel to have a leader of a team that has underperformed for some time. The closest I can relate to is Bob Geren with the A’s but it’s still not the same since Turner has actually had success before this recent downward spiral. Geren was just not good — ever.

But this is the NFL and everything is either good or bad and somewhere, people are norvous about the whole thing.