Ryan Leaf On Chargers: "It Seems Like A Struggle"

Leaf, the No. 2 overall pick in 1998, shared his candid thoughts on his former team

Tiki and Tierney
January 07, 2020 - 6:41 pm
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The Los Angeles Chargers will play their home games at SoFi Stadium in 2020. They just don’t know who their quarterback will be.

Will it be 38-year-old Philip Rivers, who completed 66.0 percent of his passes for 4,615 yards, 23 touchdowns and an AFC-worst 20 interceptions this season? Will it be a veteran free agent? Or will it be a rookie?

“You look at the draft, especially with the sixth pick in the draft, I think that’s something,” former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf said on Tiki & Tierney. “You can go in many different directions. You could look at a big-time arm and body in Justin Herbert at 6, or you could even look at a banged-up Tua Tagovailoa there and let him redshirt a year, sit behind Philip Rivers and learn. So there’s a lot of things you can do.”

That includes, potentially, signing six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, who could be on his way out of New England.

“I know speculation has been you try and get a big trade or a free agent even like Tom Brady,” Leaf said, “but there’s so many quarterbacks. Can you imagine Drew Brees back in Los Angeles in a Chargers uniform? So there’s so much that can be done.”

Whatever the Chargers decide, it needs to be right. They went 5-11 this year, and fan support was, well, not good.

“Right now, it seems like a struggle,” Leaf said. “You’re about to move into a $5 billion facility after you really couldn’t fill a soccer stadium in Carson, California. So it’s a scary idea, but they’re not going anywhere. They got to make it work.”