Monthly Archives: January 2015
I feel it is time to throw my two cents in regarding the stadium issue. The only problem is that I tend to waffle when I think about it. Some days I feel optimistic and think to myself, “No one really wants to see the Chargers leave San Diego”. The next day I’ll do a complete turnaround and pessimistically say, “There is no way to get the 2/3’s vote that is needed to use any tax payer’s money to build a new stadium”. So let’s take a look at both sides of my split-personality.
What kind of fool would allow the Chargers to leave San Diego? The Chargers are in one of just 32 cities to host an NFL team and reap the benefits. Having the Chargers is a large reason why San Diego is relevant in the sports world. Building a new, multi-purpose stadium would open the door for hundreds of events to take place in San Diego, hence funneling money that is currently going to other cities. The new San Diego stadium could be “Jerry’s World West”! Final Fours, Championship boxing, MMA Championships, major college football bowl games, SDSU football, high school football, Pro Bowls, The World Baseball Classic, World Cup, Olympics, Super Cross, Comic Con, major concerts, etc. Oh yeah, I forgot that every 10 years or so; the Super Bowl. There are countless opportunities for the city and county of San Diego to benefit from building a new stadium. How can people not see that?
Wait! I think I know the answer to that question. Stop saying that San Diego needs a new stadium for the Chargers! Too many wealthy people have no interest in the Chargers or sports in general! I have heard people say, “Why would we spend a billion dollars for 10 games a year?” Also, I have heard, “Why are we paying money for a rich guy to get richer?” Honestly, those are valid questions. That is why the Mayor and the Chargers must stop talking about “saving the Chargers” and focusing on a multi-purpose stadium that will be filled more than 200 nights a year. Put enough events in that stadium and the revenues that San Diego brings in will be enormous. The Chargers staying will be a nice bonus, but not the main benefit (I secretly wink to Chargers fans). I don’t care if the number one reason to build a new stadium is to retain the Chargers. It won’t pass unless the rich folks think they will profit from the stadium. Hopefully, that angle will take the headlines soon and the public vote will sway toward the positive.
I hate to say it, but I find it hard to believe that the “leaders” in charge of getting this stadium vote through will be able to pull it off. As I understand it, if the city has to raise taxes in order to finance the new stadium, it must receive a 2/3’s vote to pass. The Padres were only able to muster a 59% vote to get Petco built and that was after going to a World Series! If the city of San Diego wanted to keep the Chargers that badly, it wouldn’t have waited 14 years to get the project done. Once the NFL said that there would be no more Super Bowls in “The Q”, the city should have used that as a reason to get it done ASAP. But they didn’t.
Now, here we are in the eleventh hour and still no stadium. That is extra bad news as the St. Louis Rams are talking about moving to Los Angeles and have already purchased property! It wasn’t so long ago that the Chargers said that a team moving to Los Angeles would force them to leave San Diego due to losing the LA and Orange County markets. It looks more and more like by the end of the 2015 season the Rams will announce their plans to move. If they do, the Chargers will have to make a decision on their future. The only problem with that is that the vote for a new stadium would not take place until November of 2016! Without knowing the outcome of that vote, the Chargers may be forced to move to LA, or another city that has been trolling around for an NFL franchise. Not good.
Another, less important issue that I have with the new stadium is, will San Diego fans be willing to pony up the money for tickets at a new stadium? I hate to say it, but a new billion dollar facility will certainly increase ticket prices by quite a bit. The Chargers already have trouble selling tickets without the ridiculous prices that may be in our future. Then there is Personal Seat Licenses (PSL) where people will pay thousands of dollars to basically have the right to get a seat for the season. You still have to pay for a ticket, but you get first chance. At least that is my basic understanding of what has been happening around pro sports. Now, some stadiums only have PSL’s in their luxury boxes and more exclusive seats. Let’s hope it is no worse than that in San Diego.
The moral of the story is that San Diego fans need to get the word out that not only do they want the Chargers to stay, but they don’t want the city to lose a great opportunity to create jobs and revenue through a multi-use facility that would also keep San Diego as one of the elite cities in the country; a true destination city.
Remember, “…I’m Just Sayin’”, represents my opinion on Chargers topics of the day. I would love to ready your opinions too. Just leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you. Thanks for the read and Go Chargers!
Despite the NFL draft being months away, there are already hundreds of mock drafts all over the internet. A few times a year I take the time to check out the various mocks and look at which players the draftniks have pegged as draft selections for the Chargers.
This post will mark the first time I am doing that this offseason. I went through 75 different mock drafts and tallied up all of the prospects that were mocked to the Bolts in the first round.
Here are the names that came up after scanning the web.
Players receiving one vote:
SS – Landon Collins Alabama
RB – Todd Gurley Georgia
CB – Trae Waynes Michigan State
OLB – Vic Beasley Clemson
CB – Marcus Peters Washington
CB – PJ Williams Florida State
DE/LB – Shane Ray Missouri
CB – Ronald Darby Florida State
CB – Ifo Ekpre-Olomu Oregon
DT – Jordan Phillips Oklahoma
OT – Ty Sambrailo Colorado State
DE – Alvin Dupree Kentucky
CB – Kevin Johnson Wake Forest
Players receiving two votes:
DE – Arik Armstead Oregon
OT – Brandon Scherff Iowa
Players receiving four votes:
C/OT – Cam Erving Florida State
OT – Cedric Ogbuehi Texas A & M
Players receiving five votes:
OT – Ereck Flowers Miami
OT – Andrus Peat Stanford
DT – Eddie Goldman Florida State
Players receiving six votes:
OT – TJ Clemmings Pittsburgh
Players receiving eight votes:
NT – Danny Shelton Washington
Players receiving ten votes:
OT – La’El Collins LSU
And with the 17th pick in the 2015 NFL draft, receiving eleven votes, the San Diego Chargers select……
RB – Melvin Gordon Wisconsin
Although Melvin Gordon has a ton of potential to be a fantastic running back in the NFL, there are so many other needs that might need to be filled prior to drafting a ball carrier. Many draft experts have compared him to Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles.
This offseason will be very interesting in San Diego. Tom Telesco has his work cut out for him and it should be fun to watch his plans unravel.
Thanks a lot for reading.
When outsiders think about the city of San Diego, their usual first response is about the lush beaches and laid-back lifestyle. If you were to ask non-Charger fans about the team, the words soft and finesse would be immediate responses.
Are our beloved Bolts a finesse team? Does the team lack the ability to strike fear into their opponents? Does the beautiful city and it’s sedated ambiance spill out onto the field?
Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego interviewed Nick Hardwick after the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in week 17. To read the full interview with Nick Hardwick, click here: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/jan/13/hardwick-chargers-fluker-king/
Here is what Nick stated that stuck out when I read this piece:
“We’ve got to bring some bad, bad dudes in here.”
He mentioned the likes of Randall Godfrey and Steve Foley as former “bad boys” of the San Diego Chargers; types of players that the organization needs if it wants to get to the next level. Whether or not you believe Godfrey and Foley illustrated the bad boy mentality, does Nick have a valid point? Does San Diego need to bring in “nasty” players and let the veterans and leadership mold them into team players?
From the mid-80’s through the early 90’s, the Detroit Pistons – known as the Bad Boys – won back-to-back championships. After their departure in the 1986 playoffs, Coach Chuck Daly and Isiah Thomas collaborated and decided, that in order for them to seize their conference, they needed to do it with a much more aggressive and physical style of play. Bill Laimbeer was the key enforcer of this team, but there were other key players that contributed to their “nastiness.” Then of course there was the fictitious Hanson brothers in the hockey movie, “Slap Shot.” Those crazy brothers were not the most talented players on the ice, but they brought a bruiser mentality to the team; a disposition that the rest of the team got behind and they then began winning games.
The Chargers are known to not bring in players who have off-the-field issues or who are deemed to be a possible problem in the locker room. Would it be dishonorable having players who bring some illicit baggage land in San Diego?
Hitting more on the point, it appeared that the strategy to beating the Chargers was to minimize their strengths. We all know that Keenan Allen is one of the best route runners in the NFL and with Floyd’s height and hand strength, combined they make a dangerous duo. However, the teams that defeated the Bolts used a lot of press coverage with their very good outside corners. They would put a physical corner on Floyd while leaving a safety over the top. With Keenan, they would put their best corner on him and leave a LB covering the middle to eliminate the short, quick passes. In the same interview with Hardwick, he mentioned that the offense seemed to get away from the run game and the short passing game; trying to throw downfield too much. If Floyd or Allen can’t get separation, and if the O-line continued to crumble, there was not a lot Philip Rivers or the running backs could do. Scouting opponents is not only about finding chinks in their armor, but finding their specialty in order to counter-attack. When they are able to do this, they have now exploited the player’s weakness and strategize to do so on the field. Of course the main ingredient to make this theory successful is to have the talent at those key defensive positions.
There is another aspect to a team’s intimidating mentality: The coaching staff. Out in Denver, Josh McDaniels showed up and seemed to mellow out the Broncos. Once they brought in John Fox, their whole outlook changed. There might be a lot of heat for saying this, but I approved of the departure of Marty Schottenheimer. I felt he was too passive and did not bring the fire and intensity that was needed to go deep into the playoffs. When he was let go, I wanted a coach to the likes of Jon Gruden or Bill Cowher; both seemed to bring a tough mentality to their respective teams. Of course what we got instead was….sorry, I can’t go there. With Mike McCoy, I see a no-nonsense guy and I feel confident that his attitude and tough work ethics will continue to spread through the locker room and onto the field.
These players that are labeled “bad boys,” are assertive, cocky, confident and competitive. Of course they also portray arrogance, selfishness and they tend to be irresponsible. Can the Chargers win with those players infused with our current veteran leaders? Can San Diego be to “bad boys” what New England was to Randy Moss? Who currently on the Charger roster would you tag as a bad boy?
I believe that Hardwick is right. San Diego has a core of strong and inspirational leaders in Antonio Gates, Philip Rivers and Eric Weddle. With their experience, philosophy of being a San Diego Charger, and strong desire to win, providing them a challenging project would be something they might embrace. Especially….if their reward is obtained in the month of February.
Eddie Brown III of UT San Diego posts a two-round mock draft.
Kevin Acee of UT San Diego held a chat today on the paper’s website.
Fansided.com has a Super bowl video teaser courtesy of the Victoria’s Secret models.
Joe Klatt of Fox Sports puts out his top-50 big board for the upcoming NFL draft.
Great people come and go without notice. We welcome newborns with open arms daily, but in return we lose the one’s closest to us. Today is one of those days that we remember and celebrate the life one that left us far too soon.
Junior Seau would have been 46 today. Unfortunately, he isn’t here to rejoice with his family, friends, and fans. Yet, it would have been Seau’s nature to encourage celebration without him. He was just one of those guys.
On May 2, 2012, the NFL and San Diego lost its very best. Yes, I will say it again, the very best. Seau wasn’t your typical football player. His physicality on the field was feared by every opposing offensive player, especially quarterbacks. The tenacity to plow and attack through offensive lines was second nature to him. Seau was so good, he could read the offensive calls and knew exactly where he needed to be in order to shut down the play. A player like him can’t be replicated because he already broke the mold.
Most, if not all of you remember the chants in the stadium, “SAY- OW” and how even to this day, people still purchase the no. 55 jersey. As painful as it may be, you can still see the weather mark “SEAU’s” imprinted on the Mission Valley mall surface of where his restaurant used to be. Flags, banners, and mementoes are found all over the City of San Diego. This man was more than just a football player, he is the face of America’s finest city.
There are many questions as to why he is no longer with us, but let’s not remember those memories, but revel his life and what he meant to Bolt family and the community. His contributions on and off the field are forever embedded in the hearts of Charger fans. His legacy continues to carry through our children and grandchildren which will never be forgotten.
Fans, continue to remember and rejoice this day on behalf of Junior Seau because “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live”. As long as Seau lives in all of us, we will never see his death as a loss.
This year, Junior Seau is one of the 15 finalists for the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this prestigious and commemorating award. During his career, Seau was selected to 12 Pro Bowls, the Chargers MVP six times, and named to the NFL’s All Decade Team of the 1990’s. What birthday present could possibly be better than to receive an induction to the NFL’s Football Hall of Fame? Nothing could be better.
Happy Birthday, Seau. Today is a day to remember you and your legacy. Taken too soon, we can only discuss what you did in this world and how you continue to affect others. There’s no need to be sad because he wouldn’t want us to be. Here’s to you, Junior!
The hurry-up or “no huddle” offense was adopted by Philip Rivers and company as the previous coaching tenure came to a much desired end. From 2007 to 2012, the former coach called the plays and ran a huddle offense. The team rarely run a no huddle unless there was a need to speed up the play. Well, good thing we don’t have to worry about that train wreck anymore. Since then, head coach Mike McCoy and offensive coordinator Frank Reich have handed the reins over to Rivers and allowed him to run with the hurry-up offense. If you haven’t noticed the difference, you must have been living under a rock for the past few seasons.
First off, the hurry-up offense has been utilized in football dating as far back as 1899. The concept of it is to limit the huddle time and avoid delays between each play. Additionally, the hurry-up no huddle offense (HUNH) is used to pick apart and confuse the defense because the quarterback can call the plays at the line of scrimmage. In recent years, the philosophy has been used by the New England Patriot’s Tom Brady and the Pittsburgh Steeler’s Ben Roethlisberger, arguably some of the best offenses in the league.
The Chargers offense has flourished with the leadership of Rivers. The HUNH offense allows for up-tempo play and an increased amount of high-percentage passes which ultimately drives momentum. In 2013, the Bolts led the NFL in team completion percentage with a 69.51% completion rate. In 2014, they declined a bit (probably injury driven) but still finished at 66.20% ranking them 6th in the NFL. We all know that Rivers does not excel in the deep passing game, so this system is extremely favorable for the entire offensive unit.
Along with an increased completion rate comes the improvement of first down percentages. Back in 2012, the Chargers had only a first down percentage of 29.7%, ranking them 21st in the NFL. Once they implemented the hurry-up offense, it was no wonder that they finished the 2013 season with a 35.2% in first downs, 2nd in the league and just shy of the Denver Broncos. It’s no coincidence that the offense has thrived with the new system. Even with a very vanilla play calling, the Chargers can still put up points with the no huddle scheme.
The offensive line certainly had the most ailments and setbacks this season, and as crazy as it sounds, it could have been worse. The HUNH offense favors the offensive line by limiting the number of huddles performed. Ultimately, the structure decreases the amount of trips to and from the huddle making it very merciful for the players. Imagine a banged up line and having a huddle system in place? I don’t even want to think of how the 2014 season would have ended. Linemen are big boys therefore by prolonging their onset of fatigue allows them to play longer and continuously protect the quarterback.
Due to many injuries this year, the run game suffered greatly. It should be no surprise that San Diego ranked 30th in the league in rushing yards. Yet, without the HUNH offense, the Bolts certainly would have ended the season worse than 9-7. Since the scheme favors the passing game, Rivers and the offense became less dependent on running the ball and resorted to passing it. At the end of the year, the Chargers ranked 10th overall in passing yards. This couldn’t possibly have been accomplished without a system that aids the offense. Just to prove that point, back in 2012 the team ranked 27th in rushing yards and 24th in passing while running the huddle offense. Coincidence? Not at all.
The no huddle outline is simple for all players on the offense to understand. The focus is about speed and yards gained. Speed is no issue considering the average 40-yard-dash time of Rivers’ top receivers is 4.5 seconds. The hurry-up offense has made the Chargers a better team and has assisted the units that struggled in the previous regime.
Moving forward, Philip Rivers will continue to prefect his version of the hurry-up no huddle philosophy. There’s only a few reasons as to how the Chargers came back from a 21-point deficit to defeat the San Francisco 49ers late in the season, and the HUNH is certainly one of those reasons. With healthy players and the mentality to win, there’s no question that the Bolts will enter the 2015 season as playoff candidates and dare I say it, Super Bowl contenders.
As the 2014 season came to a closure a few weeks ago, the Chargers organization and personnel are already moving forward and working on the 2015 season. With free agency and the draft approaching, the off-season really isn’t an off-season.
Mike McCoy is busy tweaking playbooks while assisting Tom Telesco with recruiting, finding talent, and preparing for the draft. It is Telesco’s priority to fill positions and replace those that may no longer be in a San Diego uniform next year. The running back position is now under a microscope since one player is already expected to hang up his no. 24 blue and gold jersey as he hits the free agency market. Unfortunately, that player is Ryan Mathews.
You might be asking, “Why does Telesco need to focus more attention to a position that is easy to fill?” Well, it really isn’t that simple to replace an established running back like Mathews. Injury history, age, ability, and how to find a running back are all taken into consideration when searching for a replacement.
Let’s start with free agency. Many NFL running backs are seen as expendable or the term “a dime a dozen”. There is no need to snatch a 30 year-old back who may have only a few years left in the league. Yet, there also isn’t a necessity to sign a 27 year-old with an extensive injury record. Most backs are a two-down player while another player will come on the field for a third-down passing situation. As a general manager, you almost are taking a gamble with cap money to sign a free agent running back. There’s a sense of caveat emptor, which is Latin for “let the buyer beware” when it comes to these situations.
The next is the 2015 NFL draft. Recruiting new talent is one of the most difficult tasks for a general manager. Let’s face it, San Diego needs to address the offensive line first and foremost. You won’t see a running back in the first round this year. Yet again, the draft is a gamble. Whether it be injury or underperformance, drafting a running back doesn’t always work out. For example, Marion Grice was drafted in the sixth round (201 overall) in the 2014 draft, but ended up not making the 53-man roster and was signed to the practice squad. It was Branden Oliver, undrafted rookie out of Buffalo, which earned a spot. Over 100 players give up college eligibility to enter the draft, yet almost 40% go undrafted.
Yes, famous backs such as Priest Holmes, Arian Foster, and Joe Perry went undrafted, but finding them is like finding a needle in a haystack; unlikely. Now, imagine drafting a running back in the third or fourth round, only to end up as a disappointment. Finding and selecting the right player isn’t as easy as you may have thought.
Moving forward, the Bolts are looking for a specific set of skills. First contact effectiveness, open-field quickness, and an eye for open holes are all needed in San Diego. Have ever watched Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell? He has a special talent that allows him to break tackles and gain extra yardage even after contact. Seattle Seahawk’s Marshawn Lynch’s open-field speed landed him most recently a 67-yard touchdown run against the Arizona Cardinals stout defense. A player with all these abilities is needed in America’s finest city next season.
Ryan Mathews was a first round pick in the 2010 NFL draft but has suffered unfortunate injuries which has kept him sidelined through-out his career. He knows the system and knows how to play, but the team may be ready to part ways with the Pro Bowler. Replacing him won’t be easy and Telesco is already preparing for a brute running back that can be utilized effectively in third-down situations. With three backs on the roster already, there is absolutely no room for error when finding the right guy. I am no genie or fortune teller, but I do know the Chargers are ready for a powerhouse running back to make some noise.
For the Chargers, this last season was full of emotion, injuries, and underperformances. Frank Reich added to the plentiful reasons which bared the team’s deficits.
Reich was promoted from quarterbacks coach when offensive coordinator (OC) Ken Whisenhunt left San Diego to become the head coach for the Tennessee Titans. With no formal offensive coordinator experience, Reich was dependent on his play calling abilities which he learned when he was a NFL quarterback for the Buffalo Bills and the rapport he had already built with Philip Rivers during the 2013 season. Unfortunately, the injuries and lack of experience exposed his inability to excel and was incapable of lifting the team to some much needed wins.
Yes, it can be argued that Reich performed well during San Diego’s five game winning streak, however the those teams that the team played ended the season with a combined record of 31-49; only one team make the playoffs. Not very impressive other than the Chargers defeating the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Seattle Seahawks. I’m sure all of you remember the New England Patriots game and how well the defense performed, yet the offensive blunder cost them the win. Some have even said Reich’s play calling is so predictable that defenses know exactly what the next call will be. To be honest, when I heard that Reich will be interviewed by the head coach needy New York Jets, I was ecstatic. Yet, when I thought about it, I realized how the Chargers would in fact benefit from his return in 2015.
This was Reich’s first season as an offensive coordinator. How many of you have excelled in their first year of employment at a new job? Besides a fast food joint, I’m guessing not many of you. That’s acceptable considering we are all human. Many historic coaches didn’t have stellar first year tenures as an offensive coordinator. Bill Walsh, remarkable coach who perfected the west coast offense, became the San Diego Chargers OC in 1976. That year the team went 6-8, which is worse than the 9-7 record which is worse than where they ended with this year. Yet he still went on to win his first of three Super Bowl titles as head coach for the San Francisco 49ers just five years later. In reality, the first year of anything isn’t a true indicator for future success.
Not only was this year Reich’s first, he also was forced to overcome some severe adversity due to injuries. In the first five games of the season, Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead, Nick Hardwick, and Doug Legursky were all either placed on injured reserve or out for a significant amount of time due to injury. The injuries to run game caused for an increased production in the passing game which in turn causes more blitzing packages by the defense and a more predictable play calling.
I have to add that a poor rushing game doesn’t always indicate a poor offensive coordinator. The Green Bay Packers ended their 2010 season ranked overall 24th in rushing offense. Yet, with a 5th ranked pass offense, they still went on to win Super Bowl XLV in 2011. This season, the Bolts ended 30th overall in rushing offense but 10th overall passing offense. Reich was able to improve the offense from overall ranked 13th last year to 10th this year. This just goes to prove that with healthy players and an established offensive coordinator, the Chargers can be future Super Bowl contenders.
Reich has already built a continuous relationship with Philip Rivers and the offense for the past couple of years. To remove or lose him will hurt the Chargers organization more than advance them. Reich deserves a second chance to redeem himself and prove that he can make the appropriate diverse play calls and make the offense an unpredictable stealthy unit. Let’s face it, he does have a background with some fairly experienced and noteworthy coaches; Tony Dungy and Jim Caldwell to name a few. I cannot predict the future, but I will say that Reich will remain in San Diego for the 2015 season and the team will benefit from the second-year offensive coordinator.
Coming into the 2014 NFL season, the Chargers had some significant talent on the team. Future Hall of Famer tight end Antonio Gates, wide receiver Keenan Allen, and even running back Ryan Mathews were some that were to make big strides this season. Unfortunately, it didn’t pan out like most expected which left some areas with a void. Yet somehow, there was still one player who stepped in and produced great numbers, but remained under the radar. The unsung hero of the 2014 season for the San Diego Chargers is Eddie Royal.
The Chargers picked up Royal back in 2012 via free agency who previously was drafted by the Denver Broncos. He was signed to a 3-year contract worth $13.5 million, $6 million of which was guaranteed. He was set back his first year with the Bolts due to injury and personal matters, yet was determined to prove his worth. This season alone, Royal recorded 62 receptions, 778 receiving yards, and 7 touchdowns. Not to mention, Royal had some catches in clutch situations to give the team their much needed wins. Do you remember who caught the game winning touchdown with only 38 seconds left in regulation against the Baltimore Ravens, leaving the Chargers organization to become the only west coast team to defeat them in Baltimore? It was Royal, the slot receiver that seems to always go unnoticed.
This season, Royal had his best year yet America’s finest city. With injuries to Danny Woodhead, Ryan Mathews, and a late injury to Keenan Allen, Royal was just the guy to fill the void. He averaged 12.5 yards per reception and had a long of 47 yards. Although his punt return stats weren’t stellar, he still had 100 in return yards with a long of 58 yards.
Royal is also the type of player that will help his team in any way he can. This last offseason, Royal restructured his contract and took a pay cut in order to create cap space for free agency. The details were not released, but he took the cut from the $4.5 million salary he was set to make. San Diego’s general manager, Tom Telesco, inherited a team with limited cap space, but Royal again delivered to help in any way he could. It was blatant that Royal was committed to remain a Bolt.
If there was a post-season award given for the Chargers unsung player of the year, Eddie Royal would be the recipient. He continuously comes through in clutch situations and delivers for the team. He has even become the player that Philip Rivers leans on to convert a much needed third and long situations. Looking back at the 2014 season, Royal led the Bolts in a much undisclosed manner.
Like many other websites out there, BoltBlitz.com will now be providing Charger-related articles containing links from other websites. If you read a story out there that you really liked, feel free to message me via Twitter or Facebook.
Via Chargers.com, Mark Fabiani discusses the organization’s reaction to Mayor Faulconer’s proposal about another city task force.
Walter Cherepinsky of walterfootball.com takes a look at the 2015 offseason for the Bolts.
Fanspeak.com has a mock draft simulator where you can make the picks for any NFL team.
Michael Gehlken of UT San Diego writes about Philip Rivers declining his invite to the Pro Bowl.
Eric D. Williams of espn.com/nfl states his top-three needs for the Chargers in 2015.