“For more than a decade, the San Diego Chargers have worked diligently toward finding a local stadium solution, which all sides agreed was required. These efforts took on added intensity in the last two years. A year ago, NFL owners granted the Chargers an option to move to Los Angeles. Rather than immediately exercising that option, the team spent the past year continuing to work on finding a stadium solution in San Diego.
The Chargers worked tirelessly this past year with local officials and community leaders on a ballot initiative that fell short on election day. That work – and the years of effort that preceded it – reflects our strongly held belief we always should do everything we can to keep a franchise in its community. That’s why we have a deliberate and thoughtful process for making these decisions.
This is as much bold as it is sad. As the Cavaliers begin their title defense and the Indians recover from a heartbreaking defeat in the World Series, the Browns are careening toward rock bottom. But the future remains bright.
It’s difficult to go 0-16. It’s more likely that they’ll eventually pull one out. But these are bold predictions, and we’re going bold by placing the Browns among history’s worst. They’ll finish winless, joining the 2008 Detroit Lions, enter the offseason with the first pick in the 2017 draft and look ahead to better days. Coach Hue Jackson has begun the shift in culture, as evidenced by the effort the Browns put into each game, which inevitably ends in crushing defeat. Small strides will be made on the field, which will serve as encouragement for the future. The front office will continue to do its best to stock the team with talent. They’ll give their best shot at retaining recently acquired Jamie Collins and work with a gob of salary-cap space in the coming years. But it will come with a meeting with the record books for the worst reason in 2016. The night is always darkest before the dawn.
After signing Russell Okung to protect Philip Rivers’ blind side, the Bolts released veteran tackle King Dunlap, the team announced Monday. Good Morning Football’s Peter Schrager first reported the news.
Dunlap was arrested last month on suspicion of violating a protective order. Signed to a four-year, $28 million extension in February of 2015, he was due to collect a $500,000 roster bonus on March 18.
As well as Ingram played in 2016, though, Bosa is the headliner on defense. The draft’s No. 3 overall pick is already the dominant force on the field in many games, pulling off a convincing J.J. Watt impression. The most impressive rookie pass rusher of the past decade, finishing second only to the Rams’ Aaron Donald in QB hits per game.
Bosa and Ingram shouldn’t overshadow a well-rounded linebacker corps featuring the hard-hitting Denzel Perryman, fifth-round steal Jatavis Brown, tackling machine Korey Toomer and jack-of-all-trades Kyle Emanuel.
Taken 11th overall in 2013, Fluker was drafted to give the Chargers a plug-and-play starter at tackle. Instead, the 25-year-old has spent much of the past two seasons at guard, finishing 2016 as the league’s 54th-ranked player at his position, per Pro Football Focus. As the metrics site noted, Fluker allowed 2.5 pressures per game at right guard and 3.2 per tilt at right tackle while failing to stand out as a run blocker.
While Fluker has been a disappointment, he offers size — he’s 6-foot-5 and 339 pounds — and starting experience at multiple positions along the line. The former Alabama star joins a crop of solid free-agent lineman, with Kevin Zeitler, T.J. Lang, Larry Warford, Nick Mangold and Brian Schwenke all sitting out there as viable interior options.
I knew [the Chargers’ move to Los Angeles] could happen by the end of the week, you know, the week I interviewed. I didn’t really focus on that, though; it didn’t have any input on my decision whatsoever. I coach football, and, like I said, we’ll play wherever. I just looked at this organization and looked at this roster and just felt like this was a good spot.
In my press conference today I said, “San Diego Chargers” — I’m so used to saying that. And I can understand their pain and their frustration. But if you’re a Charger fan, we’re just two hours down the road. Nothing’s changed. And we’re gonna do the best we can to put a product on the field that makes you proud.