The San Diego Chargers confirmed the move that many have criticized, as they will be moving to Los Angeles, and will be known as the Los Angeles Chargers beginning next season. The next two years they will play at Stubhub Stadium in Carson, California, before joining the Rams in L.A. Stubhub Stadium seats just 30,000 people, as the organization is promoting it as a chance to be "up close and personal with the team." Chargers chairman Dean Spanos had until January 17th to exercise the move to Los Angeles, as speculation began late Wednesday night that the deal was done. The team quickly changed their name and revealed a new, very Dodger-like logo on social media. The franchise was founded in the "City of Angels" and played one season there in 1960, but had been in San Diego since 1961.
NFL's L.A. Squads Hire New Head Coaches
Not only did the Chargers make the move to Los Angeles on Thursday, but they also found their new head man, hiring Bills interim coach, Anthony Lynn, as their new head coach. The 48-year-old will be the team's 16th head coach in history and the team's first African American coach. Lynn was one of six candidates that interviewed with the Chargers, as he has just one game of head coaching experience. He coached the Bills in their season finale after Rex Ryan was fired this past year. He has been an assistant with the Bills the past two seasons, and did also interview for the Rams' position.
Speaking of that Rams' position, that was filled on Thursday as well, as the team went with Washington Redskins offensive coordinator, Sean McVay. At 30 years of age, McVay becomes the youngest head coach in the NFL since 1938. The young coach replaces a veteran in Jeff Fisher, who was fired in mid-December. McVay received a five-year contract with his new position. His first move as the Rams' head coach was a wise one, hiring Wade Phillips as his defensive coordinator. McVay has spent the past three seasons with the Redskins.
Price Rocked in Loss to Wild
Carey Price has been the one consistent part of the first-place Montreal Canadiens, although Thursday night showed only signs of bad consistency. Price allowed seven goals, including two to Nino Niederreiter, as Montreal fell on the road to Minnesota, 7-1. Tomas Plekanec's power-play goal with nine seconds left ended the shutout bid for Devyn Dubnyk, who stopped 20 shots on the night. The Wild got the best of Price and the Canadiens for a second time in three weeks, but this time in much more dominating fashion. Christian Folin, Jason Zucker, Jordan Schroeder, Eric Staal, and Ryan Suter all scored, while Matt Dumba had a career-high three assists in the win. Minnesota is now 17-2-4 over their last 23 games, including a 12 game win streak that was stopped on December 31st. In that span, the Wild have outscored their opponents, 86-54.