AFC West fans better hate their rivals now — before the division dies

Broncos and Chiefs fans better relish this upcoming season before it’s too late.

Los Angeles relocation threatens to tear the current AFC West apart — especially if the Raiders and Chargers move in together in Carson, Calif.

One team will probably move to the NFC if their $1.75 billion joint stadium venture comes to pass. In that new configuration, each conference would have its own L.A.-based team.

It works for the NFC’s Giants and the AFC’s Jets. But Broncos president Joe Ellis doesn’t want league symmetry to ruin decades of NFL and AFL history.

"We have tremendous tradition in these rivalries with the Raiders and Chargers," Ellis told the Denver Post. "If we have to die on our swords to keep those rivalries, we will. We’ll fight to keep those rivalries."

One clear solution? The Rams move to Los Angeles, and either the Chargers or Raiders move too. It’d preserve NFC-AFC balance and eliminate the need for re-conferencing.

If not, Ellis promises to get involved. He doesn’t want to picture a league without Broncos-Chargers or Chiefs-Raiders.

The NFL is thinking about its future when it comes to Los Angeles. Maybe it should consider its storied past.

(h/t Denver Post)