Sep 9, 2010; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers chief executive officer Dean Spanos during an interview and photo session in his office at Chargers Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Benson-US PRESSWIRE

The Bussiness side of the NFL and our beloved Bolts

The business side of the NFL and our Bolts is rude and crude! We as fans want to keep certain players no matter what. In reality that can’t happen. As much as I wanted to keep VJax and Tolbert this season, Sproles last season or even Osgood a few years back, it didn’t happen and for good reason.

I’ll start with Osgood, he left for Jacksonville, why? Is it because AJ doesn’t know what he’s doing and didn’t like him? No, fact is he was offered more money to stay and be a special teams ace but, he wanted to be a wideout. Both sides paid dearly for that, we lost a stud and beloved SDSU alumni. Our special teams was the worst in the league. Osgood wasn’t able to perform as he wanted to as a wideout and is now waiting to be signed somewhere else.

Sproles, now that one is different. We wanted to keep him, but not for 7 million. I personally don’t believe he was worth the money he got the season before on the Franchise Tag. I don’t believe a 3rd down back and kick returner is worth 7 million. Besides the fact N.O. snapped him up with in 2 days after the lockout (tampering? Maybe!) Yes he is an explosive player, but you can’t build a team around him. He is just a small cog in a big motor.

VJax is kind of the same story, just a little different. His off the field issues were a major factor of him not getting a contract 3-4 years ago. I mean really 2 DUIs, driving on suspended license and (the one I hated most) showing up late to the 2009 Jets playoff game. Then he holds out, even after seeing that it didn’t work for Gates. If he would have signed the tender in 2010 he’d still be here with a fat wallet and awesome QB. He was offered just a little less to stay this season than what he got in Tampa but, I don’t think that would’ve been the right move. We were able to fill a lot of holes with that money, and after his blunder against Oakland in November I don’t think he wanted to stay with us. I hope it works out for him but, I remember another #83 that left for more money and did him no good. (JJ would be in the HoF had he stayed).

Now for Tolbert. He was offered more money to stay here but he wanted to be closer to home and his family. None of us can blame him for that, I wish I could have stayed in SD close to my family, but it wasn’t logical for my wife and I to stay there. Will moving on hurt either side, probably… but we wont know until next year at the earliest.

Most everyone blames (in our case AJ and Spanos) the owners and GMs for players leaving, yes sometimes that’s the case, others it’s not. Football IS a business first. We as fans usually don’t understand how that aspect of it works, we think having 1 player will get us a championship, when getting 3 players for the price of 1 will help the team as a whole and possibly get us 3 or 4 championships.

Thanks for reading, let me know what your opinion is! BoltUp


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  • SandyPeisner

    Good article. Sorry to see Sproles go. I don’t think VJ is worth 10-12 million.Before AJ I remember the days of Mike Reilly.AJ big mistake was firing Marty and letting him and large number of ast. coaches go. Truth is Norv performance is questionable. Don’t know many coaches who won 14 games and got fired.Has his replacement improved the Bolts? NOPE

    • biggsybolt

       @SandyPeisner Thank you for the kind words! I’m not going to defend Norval here, although I do believe that having a healthy Rivers in the Chargers v Pats in the AFC championship game 2008 we would have won and gone on to beat the Giants in the Superbowl. Would that have changed your opinion of Norv at all? For me, yes it would have. What I don’t like about Norv is the game management aspect of it, and the utilization of a “smaller RB” running up the gut on 3rd/4th and short.

  • SandyPeisner

    Ha Ha YES it would have changed every ones and if Kadeing makes the field goal against the Jets do they fire Marty. My issue with Norv is he seems to get out coached against league elite teams. His game management is in question. The lack of improvement by the Bolts, slow starts, or simply poor play like we have seen the past few years. I think Norv has a great offense oriented mind.Ijust don’t think he has proven to be head coach.

    • biggsybolt

       @SandyPeisner I would have to say yes Marty still gets fired, unless he won the superbowl. With the way things went down that season and the couple of seasons before, he didn’t want Rivers, he believed in Drew. He also wanted to hire his brother Kurt as DC and AJ/Dean weren’t going for that either. I believe it was a mutual separation. Marty’s teams also had poor play… Marlon McCree fumbling  the INT against the Pats the 4-12 season. Like I said earlier, I’m not trying to defend Norv in any way at all. It was a business move, and like it or not (most of us don’t) we have to take it with a grain of salt and look at the bigger picture.

  • SandyPeisner

    I guess we have to agree to disagree. Marty and AJ had been feuding all year. If it had been mutual our offense or defensive coordinator would have taken over. So if MCcree doesn’t fumble or Kadeing hits the field goal and the Chargers are in the super bowl?
    Of all words spoken by man the saddest are these IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN!

  • Rachel Hicks

    one of my biggest pet peeves was when we got rid of Michael Turner & kept LT. LT was done THEN. I’ll admit though that Atlanta has served Turner well but I for one still miss him.