The Chargers have been the Los Angeles Chargers for only two weeks now, and the 0-2 start isn’t the only thing worrying the organization.
Don Banks of The Athletic recently joined the Darren Smith Show in San Diego and he painted a picture that’s quite troublesome for the NFL. Apparently, according to Banks, the league — including commissioner Roger Goodell — did not necessarily want to see the Chargers moved out of San Diego, but the move was more of a courtesy to owner Dean Spanos.
Banks relayed that he believes the NFL would strongly like to see a league presence in San Diego, and right now, the lack of interest in the Chargers in L.A. is very concerning. Ryan Phillips of The Big Lead passed on Banks’ quotes:
“They’re saying the right things now and they’re going to keep a stiff upper lip and say that ‘we knew that this was going to be a hard slog uphill.’ There’s a lot of concern already. And there’s a lot of people who are thinking, ‘How can we put up with these optics for the next three years if the Chargers can’t improve the situation in Carson?’”
In fact, things are already so bad for the Chargers in Los Angeles that there’s actually talk about moving the franchise back to San Diego. Two games in and they’re already thinking that the move was a serious mistake, which tells you just how bad things have been.
Here is Banks discussing the league forcing the Chargers back to San Diego:
“I think they’re talking about it. I do. I think there’s already a level of concern at how far south it’s gone, that there are at least people talking about it…I don’t think a true tipping point has been reached, it’s too early for that. But I think there’s enough concern that people are saying, ‘What’s the best option perhaps among bad options?’”
The Chargers slow start sure hasn’t helped anything, but there is a fundamental truth that has to be addressed in Los Angeles, and that’s the fact that the NFL previously had trouble maintaining an interest in one franchise, but for some reason, the league felt the city was pining for two more.
Meanwhile, San Diego, a beautiful city, and league destination has been left without a team. How long will it remain empty as far as the NFL is concerend? If you’re to believe Banks, it may not be long at all.