December 2016 - Los Angeles Chargers Wiretap

Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)

Dec 21, 2016 10:35 AM

The NFL has very teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA: the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are 9-5 after winning five straight games and must beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16 to ensure their place in the playoffs. Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball. The Chiefs are the closest team to joining the Steelers in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 12th.

The Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots rank first and second overall in DVOA as they rank second and third, respectively in Offensive DVOA but 20th and 19th in Defensive DVOA. The Atlanta Falcons rank first in Offensive DVOA, 27th in Defensive and fourth overall. The Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders have similar splits as the Cowboys and Patriots, while the Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants are the inverse of those teams with top-5 defenses and offenses below the NFL mean.

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Dean Spanos Admits Chargers Are Leaning Towards Move To L.A.

Dec 19, 2016 4:14 PM

San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos admitted on Sunday that he's leaning towards exercising his right to move to Los Angeles.

"I said I was not going to make up my mind until after the season," Spanos said. "[Scott Kaplan] asked the question, 'Are you closer to leaving than staying?' I said, 'That would probably be an accurate statement.' I also said I'm not going to make up my mind until after the season. ... Everything is in place. I'm waiting on the city of San Diego."

The deadline for doing a deal with the Rams to share space in Inglewood arrives on January 15.

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Report: Chargers 'As Good As Gone' For Los Angeles

Dec 18, 2016 10:49 PM

The San Diego Chargers may be forced to relocate to Los Angeles as they're close to exhausting all options in their current market.

"He doesn't have a choice from an economic standpoint, and he knows it," said one ownership source with another club with strong ties to Spanos. "He's as good as gone. He basically told us that he has no choice."

The Chargers have been in San Diego since 1961 but Spanos reportedly "has every intention" of moving the team.

If the Chargers move to Los Angeles, they will share a new stadium in Inglewood with the Rams.

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Chargers Won't Decide On Move To L.A. Until After Season

Dec 15, 2016 7:28 AM

NFL owners unanimously approved a final tenant-lease contract between the San Diego Chargers and Los Angeles Rams on Wednesday.

The contract was agreed to in principle in January, when Rams owner Stan Kroenke received approval to move his team to Los Angeles. Owners also unanimously approved the Chargers using a debt waiver to finance a portion of the $650 million relocation fee.

Dean Spanos reiterated that he will not make a decision on whether his Chargers will remain in San Diego or move to Los Angeles until after the season is completed.

The Chargers have until Jan. 15 to exercise the team's option to move to Los Angeles.

"They've been working for 15 years [to keep the team] in their community," Roger Goodell said. "They're a big part of that community. They believe in that community, and they want to be a part of it.

"It's Dean's option by Jan. 15 to make a determination of whether he thinks he can make it work in San Diego or whether he decides to take the option to Los Angeles."

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

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Melvin Gordon, Chargers' Offensive Line Chasing 1,000-Yard Season

Dec 2, 2016 8:28 AM

Melvin Gordon and his San Diego Chargers' teammates along the offensive line are chasing a 1,000-yard season.

Gordon is already at 908 yards this season, making it conceivable that he could surpass the mark this weekend with several games to spare.

"It'd be a nice accomplishment for my young career," Gordon said. "I think every back wants to get to 1,000. I am chasing it, but it's really not the focus. I'll be glad if I get it."

Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said it'd be meaningful for Gordon to hit 1,000.

"The lineman have said something to me a couple times, so I know it means something to them," Whisenhunt said. "I think the idea of a 1,000-yard rusher, to accomplish that goal, speaks a lot about those guys, too. Obviously, we all know what it means about Melvin, but that group of guys including the tight ends and the fullback Derek (Watt) because they're an important group in that -- it's hard to be recognized as a group with those guys a lot of times. 

"Most of the times the recognition is not favorable if you're giving up sacks or not running the football. When you have a 1,000-yard rusher, a lot of people associate that with the offensive line being successful. So yeah, it means something to them."

Michael Gehlken/San Diego Union-Tribune

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Chargers Expected To Exercise Option For Los Angeles Relocation

Dec 1, 2016 11:21 PM

The San Diego Chargers are expected to exercise the team's option to move to Los Angeles in 2017.

During the NFL owners meetings in January, in which the league approved the relocation of the Rams to Los Angeles, the Chargers were granted the option to relocate to L.A. with a deadline of Jan. 15, 2017.

The Chargers received only 43 percent approval on Measure C in November, the team's $1.8 billion plan that proposed raising hotel taxes from 12.5 percent to 16.5 percent to secure $1.15 billion in bonds to help pay for the stadium project.

"Dean has said that he wants everyone to be able to focus on the remainder of the Chargers' season, and so won't be making any final decisions until after the season is over," said Mark Fabiani, the point person on the stadium situation for the Chargers. "That hasn't changed."

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