Professional auto racer Nicholas Esayian takes out full-page ad bashing the San Diego Chargers

Everyone's shocked that the Chargers aren't making more changes, including some random pro auto racer

1/20/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

San Diego native, Chargers fan and professional auto racer Nicholas Esayian felt so strongly about his favorite football team retaining head coach Norv Turner and GM AJ Smith that he paid $1000 for a full-page advertisement in the North County Times admonishing the Chargers for the lack of change.

Esayian doesn't mince words, as you can see in his letter below:

Esayian isn't alone. There are plenty of other Chargers fans who are tired of the Chargers underachieving, whether it's by missing the playoffs altogether or by losing their first or second playoff game.

Norv Turner has had many chances in the NFL. He has proven that he's a damn good offensive coordinator, but a mediocre head coach, at best. AJ Smith has done some incredible things as the GM, most notably the trade during the 2004 Draft that sent Eli Manning to the Giants in exchange for several draft picks that ended up being Philip Rivers, Shawne Merriman, Nate Kaeding and more.

Unfortunately for the Chargers, Smith hasn't struck gold lately. Letting Darren Sproles go was clearly a mistake, as was letting Drew Brees walk away in favor of Rivers. The Chargers missed the playoffs this year for the 2nd year in a row, despite being in arguably the weakest division in the NFL.

Esayian is right. It's time for a change in San Diego. But do you think his message will get across? I wouldn't hold your breath, Chargers fans.

Newspaper Ad Voicing Displeasure Over Chargers Decision [Bolt Beat]
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7/20/12   |   kumarakama

Two years in a row is a pretty long time for us to come to some conclusions, I think. I've always respected Esayian for his somewhat brutal decisions, though. I even bought a set of wheels from an used cars Spokane company and tuned it to look like the one he was driving. I'm no professional auto racer, but still, I can dream.

7/19/12   |   ethancorneille

Esayian's deed deserves respect from the point of view that he still hopes this team can do something better. I have a friend who works at a transmission repair in Tucson and he said that until we get another coach, there's not much we can do about it. When you see something isn't working, you must do what's best to change the situation.

1/20/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Not condoning gambling... but a friend of mine (from San Diego) bet me $20 before the beginning of this football season that the Chargers would go undefeated through the Super Bowl. Easiest $20 I've ever made. And my buddy may not have a team to root for in a few years.