From 2004-through-2009, the Chargers won the AFC West five times in six years. It was a rough time for the Broncos and their fans—San Diego owned Denver.
Such is not the case in the present day, however, as the Chargers have not won the division in four years while the Broncos own two consecutive division titles. Times have changed in San Diego and the Broncos have greatly improved, thanks in large part to the addition of quarterback Peyton Manning in 2012.
In a Sunday piece by U-T San Diego's Kevin Acee, San Diego was dubbed Denver's "farm team" after the Broncos signed three former Chargers—Quentin Jammer, Shaun Phillips, and Louis Vasquez—earlier this offseason.
"Face it, the Broncos own the Chargers," wrote Acee.
"The two straight division titles weren’t sufficient. The comeback from 24-0 wasn’t the ultimate humiliation. A Manning as their quarterback is not nauseating enough."
"Now they’re treating the Chargers like their farm team."
"The Broncos this offseason have harvested the Chargers roster, taking three players who started every game in 2012."It's a well-written piece giving the perspective from San Diego on the former Chargers that have signed the Broncos this summer and worth a read.
After years of being humiliating by the Chargers, the Broncos are now in control. And they own San Diego.