Bears in Los Angeles, Hicks Highlights, Re-visiting LeBlanc's Pick, Coaches Move, and Other Bullets

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Bears in Los Angeles, Hicks Highlights, Re-visiting LeBlanc’s Pick, Coaches Move, and Other Bullets

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The Chargers made their move from San Diego to Los Angeles official on Thursday with this letter from owner Dean Spanos:

The move is a curious one for the Chargers, who will say they did everything they could to stay in San Diego – except for, you know, finance their own stadium.

They will play two years in a 30,000-seat stadium in nearby Carson that is currently home to MLS soccer. In 2019, they will play in a stadium in Inglewood that will be shared with the Rams.  In essence, Spanos is paying a $650 million dollar relocation fee to be a tenant of Stan Kroenke’s entertainment wonderland. Is the NFL in a place where its teams can only survive in major markets where taxpayers can foot the bill for new stadiums?

In case you’re curious, the Bears haven’t played a game in Los Angeles since closing out the 1993 regular season with a 20-6 loss on Jan. 2, 1994. And according to Larry Mayer, the team won’t play the Chargers on the road until 2023. The final Bears-Chargers tilt in San Diego was a 22-19 win on Monday Night Football in 2015. You might recall this remarkable catch by tight end Zach Miller, who had his coming-out party under the bright lights. Heck of a throw by Jay Cutler, too, wrapping up a two touchdown performance in which he threw for 345 yards.

For the record: The Bears are 7-5 all-time against the Chargers – but just 3-4 in San Diego. We’ll have to wait and see if new head coach Anthony Lynn will make it to 2023.

  • Pro Football Weekly has a rundown of 10 NFL franchises that have relocated. This list includes the Chicago Bears.
  • Akiem Hicks did some relocating of his own last offseason when he left the New England Patriots and signed a free agent deal with the Bears. Hicks, who started his career with the New Orleans Saints before moving on to New England, started all 16 games in his first year in Chicago and picked up a career-best 7 sacks. Not a bad get for GM Ryan Pace. You can take a look at some of Hicks’ best plays here.
  • Jordan Howard is off to the Pro Bowl, which is remarkable because he was a fifth-round pick (150th overall) and he only had three carries in Week 1. Over at the Chicago Tribune, Rich Campbell looks back at Howard’s first week in his Pro Bowl story. Off the field, Howard is fighting for a great cause.

#TBT #Strap4it? #FirstCareerPick #Pick6

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  • The coaching carousel continues with the Rams – not to be outdone by the Chargers on moving day – hired the youngest head coach in modern NFL history. Meet Sean McVay, the former Washington offensive coordinator who will be in charge of developing quarterback Jared Goff and getting the most out of workhorse running back Todd Gurley. He joined Washington as an assistant tight ends coach in 2010 and had just concluded a three-year run as the team’s offensive coordinator. On the defensive side, McVay hired one of the NFL’s most decorated defensive coordinators, hiring Wade Phillips of the Denver Broncos to that position.
  • Phillips isn’t the only coach leaving Denver, as the Jacksonville Jaguars poached special teams coordinator Joe Decamillis – who served in that capacity in Chicago for two years under Marc Trestman. However, the Broncos could add a coach on the Bears radar with Mike McCoy in the running for Denver’s offensive coordinator position. In other ex-Bears news, Leslie Frazier is leaving the Ravens to become the Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator.
  • With all the noise about the Chargers’ move up the interstate, let’s note that the move will impact other NFL teams, too:

  • And lastly on the Chargers, the new logo that came with the move announcement was not especially popular on social media:

  • But it sounds like the Chargers are making sure folks know that this is not necessarily THE new logo for the team:

  • So, make your jokes while you still can, I guess.

Brett Taylor contributed to this post.

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Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.