The St. Louis Rams are heading back to Los Angeles, and the San Diego Chargers may or may not be joining them.
Thirty of 32 NFL owners voted to approve Stan Kroenke’s pitch to move the Rams from St. Louis to Inglewood, which is roughly 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The Chargers have a one-year opinion to join the Rams – and Dean Tardino believes they should.
“I think the Chargers are going to have to accept that offer to come to L.A.,” the Rams fan and CBS Scorpion producer said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “Because if they don’t, they won’t be able to compete with the two teams down in L.A., and they’ve already alienated their city.”
Tardino, however, doesn’t sense a whole lot of support for the Chargers in Los Angeles.
“There is a large Raider contingency down here, so I think the Raiders would do every well down here,” he said. “I just don’t see it for the Chargers. I just don’t think people are going to buy into the Chargers. I have not heard anybody talking about it in a positive fashion.”
Tardino said the Chargers have “really painted themselves in the corner.”
“When the Rams left and the Raiders left the same year, (the Chargers) ended up gaining a lot of the Orange County/South Los Angeles fan base,” he said. “So that’s why they were really concerned about who comes to L.A. Now they’re stuck in this predicament. If they don’t come to L.A. and they stay in San Diego and the Raiders come down here, they are going to be in some serious trouble.”