Let's look at the facts:
The Chargers have been spending insane amounts of money on players that did not warrant it. 15 million dollars for Stephen Alexander? A man who spends more time injured than Michael Jackson does in court. Same for Tim Dwight. Not to mention Cory Raymer, Marcellus Wiley, and David Boston. The last two players are great players but need a supporting cast around them. A kindergarten rendition of Romeo and Juliet has a better supporting cast than the Chargers.
As every Chargers fan knows, the team has an out in their lease with the city should they reach certain financial milestones in regards to player salaries. Once these levels are reached the Chargers can trigger an escape clause that essentially leaves San Diego behind. The team says it has reached these levels and has triggered the clause. Now the purge of players and salaries has begun. It doesn't take a genius to put two and two together.
And, of course, there's always the move to Carson. The stated reasoning for building team unity away from the beauty of La Jolla obviously didn't work. Perhaps the team is planning on putting all of its eggs in one basket.
Now, some of the less conspiracy-minded individuals may be saying, "But the team knows that if they put a sub-standard product on the field no one will come to the games and they'll lose money." The mayor and city council have eradicated that argument themselves. The Chargers offered to void the ticket guarantee and the city, so careful to avoid looking weak to the voters, shot it down. Now the city is on the hook for untold millions when the Chargers go 0-16. By the end of the season Qualcomm will look like a parking lot.
The Chargers will draft a quarterback this year with their pick. A quarterback takes a couple of years to fully develop. By the time he hits his stride the Spanos' will be sipping carbon monoxide-polluted Champagne in Los Angeles. And there's always the added bonus of having the first pick in the draft next year to haul in another impact player. The Los Angeles Chargers should be a force to be reckoned with.
Meanwhile, back in San Diego Qualcomm stadium will be a haven for birds and Monster Truck rallies and the City Council and Mayor will be saying, "Yes, we have no professional football team, but at least we weren't push-overs!" Maybe they'll be able to swing a deal to bring the world's largest open-air flea market to Qualcomm. That'll be exciting.
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