Serious Business: 1/5 San Diego Chargers Links

SAN DIEGO: Safety Eric Weddle #32 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates a sack against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego California. The Chargers won 38-13. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The five most underrated players of the 2011 season - Aaron Schatz (Insider)
The Chargers have spent two years trying to figure out who should get more carries in their running back committee: Mathews or Mike Tolbert. Based on 2011, the answer should clearly be Mathews. In his second year, Mathews carried the ball 222 times for 1,091 yards and six touchdowns.

A.J. Smith needs to step up, knows it - Kevin Acee
As the season progressed, it became apparent that perhaps A.J. Smith had done a poor enough job assembling the 2011 Chargers that he might actually save Norv Turner’s job.

Free agency provides an opportunity for Chargers - Kevin Acee
"We are always open-mind," Smith said. "… It depends on the roster, how many pieces are missing. You might sign some more, depending on the quality of free agents available."

Smith: "I haven't been good enough"
Smith began to dissect his own decisions even before team president Dean Spanos determined his and coach Norv Turner's fate earlier this week, too often with less-than-stellar findings.

Goodman, O-line honored - Christopher Smith
Kickoff returner Richard Goodman earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his 105-yard touchdown against Oakland, while San Diego’s offensive line was recognized with John Madden’s weekly award.

Raiders must prepare for small draft class - Bill Williamson
For most teams that are out of the playoffs, it is time to starting thinking about draft plans. But it is difficult for the Oakland Raiders to go that route. As of now they own just two picks in the entire draft: one each in the fifth and sixth rounds.

Chargers regular-season wrap-up - Bill Williamson
Team MVP: Safety Eric Weddle. He had seven interceptions and made several big plays. Weddle followed up his signing of a monster contract to stay in San Diego this summer with his first Pro Bowl. He is the quarterback of the defense and a clutch performer.

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