Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/10/12
Good afternoon, everyone. My name is Jarrod Argobright, and I am the new owner of the San Diego Chargers. From 2002 until January of 2005, I lived in Coronado, CA, right across the Pacific Ocean from downtown San Diego, thus allowing me to get a further glimpse into this fine city’s NFL franchise. Unfortunately I moved back to Ohio in 2005 to deal with family matters, but I am now back to return this storied organization to its place among the elite teams in the NFL. With that in mind, here are a few changes that I am pledging to you, the fans, to make in the coming months and years:
  1. I am replacing Head Coach Norv Turner with Jon Gruden, whom I hired to a 4-year contract:
I must admit, I never agreed with General Manager AJ Smith’s decision to fire Marty Schottenheimer, a man whom I believe to be one of the greatest coaches to never win the Super Bowl.  Since taking over the reins in 2007, Turner has taken this team from its winningest season ever (14-2 in 2006) to an 8-8 record this season, failing to make the Playoffs. Not only should the Chargers have had a better record this season(including an unblemished AFC West record, one of the worst divisions in the National Football League right now), I have grown tired of the slow season starts. Furthermore, I was rather displeased with how Turner handled the playing time of Ryan Mathews and Mike Tolbert, and it has nothing to do with the number of minutes or carries either guy received.
 
Upon hiring Gruden, I had a 2 hour long conversation with him behind closed doors as to the direction I want to see this team headed. I won’t get into specifics here, but the gist of the conversation was that the goal was no longer division crowns or the AFC Championship, but I expect San Diego to win the Super Bowl within the next three to five seasons. I asked Chucky if he felt the layoff from coaching would have a negative impact on his ability to lead the Chargers. He assured me that the time away gave him a fresh perspective, and he is eager to take the Bolts to heights they have never seen before.


2.  I am tearing down Qualcomm Stadium, only to build a new one closer to downtown San Diego, financed by myself, Chargers minority partners, and other private investors: 


As the years have gone by, I have grown tired of the ongoing battle between previous Charger ownership and the City of San Diego on whom would pay for a new football stadium. I also told Commissioner Roger Goodell that this decision was none of the league’s business, but I felt I owed it to the city to give them better accommodations. I still am not pleased with the league’s involvement in this decision, and have withdrawn our bid to host a future Super Bowl, but I will sit down when the time is right and talk to Commissioner Goodell about the matter.

 

3. I am not pleased with the performance of AJ Smith, whom I am giving one more year to prove himself:

Since 2006, Smith has run out of town one of the league’s best quarterbacks (Drew Brees), a coach that has won in three different cities (Schottenheimer), and not done much to improve a defense that once was regarded as the most feared in the NFL. His lone bright spot in the Draft has been Philip Rivers, a guy who can be a first-ballot Hall of Famer with the right personnel and coaching around him. Smith has this year’s Draft and free agency sigining period to prove himself, or, he also will find himself a pink slip like Turner.

 4. Speaking of the defense, I believe it is time to revamp the defense, and I plan to hit the pavement running in the Draft and free agency toward this end:

The biggest weaknesses I see on this team’s defense is the line and linebacking corps, and I have noticed two individuals who would be a big boon if we drafted them. The first is Courtney Upshaw, linebacker from Alabama, defensive MVP for last season’s BCS National Championship. This guy has an excellent motor, and, from all I can tell, he could be even better than what we had in Shawne Merriman. If he is not available, then the Chargers will go after Melvin Ingram, defensive end from South Carolina. He should be another guy who can pick up multiple sacks in his rookie season.  As for free agency, I don’t know who we’re going after yet, I am waiting to see who is available once the signing period starts.
 

5. Vincent Jackson will get an incentive-based contract offer that will make him one of the highest paid receivers in the game; if he doesn’t agree I am willing to listen to trade offers:

The agreement calls for Jackson to average at least 1,100 yard receiving and 11 TDs through the first three seasons of the deal, and he can’t be in any off-field trouble either. I refuse to guarantee any part of his deal, as I feel that San Diego’s wideout group is good enough they are not dependent upon V-Jax.

6. The powder puff blue uniforms are gone, at least for the players:

This may not be popular with fans, but I am trying to  re-establish San Diego’s reputation as one of the more intimidating teams in the league. Not to worry, fans: the Charger Girls will be sporting the powder puff blue uniforms in certain games.

 

7. I will attempt to bring the fans and players together during the offseason, including a Charger girl/Charger Player beach volleyball tournament open to the public (tix will start at $15) on Pacific Beach, and player meet and greets with the fans at such events as ComiCon, at the San Diego Zoo, and fan appreciation day at the Padres ballpark.

 
These are just a few of the changes I am making as I try to restore the Chargers to greatness. Thanks for your support.

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