San Diego Chargers Daily Links: December 4, 2012

Jeff Gross

Your daily dose of San Diego Chargers news & notes from around the web.

Was Philip Rivers overrated? - Tom Krasovic
Few quarterbacks entered a better situation than Rivers did when he came to the NFL in 2004, having been tutored at North Carolina State by Norm Chow, one of the college game’s brighter teachers of offense and quarterbacking.

Chargers offensive line at crisis - Michael Gehlken
"So we have some work to do in terms of the offensive line," Turner said. "Number one, we've got to find where we're going to play the guys and, number two, who those guys are going to be."

Alexander diamond in rough season - Eddie Brown
lexander hasn't only flourished -- he's led the team in receiving yards every game he's played in -- he's helped balance out the receiving corps by allowing Malcom Floyd to return to his more natural role as a No. 2 receiver.

Chargers, Mathews Finding No Room to Run - Ricky Henne
"I would (like more carries)," he said. "That’s me. But, I’m going to do whatever I can and do whatever I’m asked for the team. Whether that’s two carries or 25 carries, no matter what it is. I’m going to try to make the most of my opportunities and help the team win."

Lessons From Week 13 - Ricky Henne
Once a great vertical passing team, the Chargers have struggled mightily in that area of late. For the game, the Bolts were just 4-of-10 on passes of 15-yards or more. Even more alarming was the fact that the team was only 1-of-7 in those situations in the second half after being a perfect 3-for-3 in the first half. Part of the reason for these struggles has to do with the injuries to the offensive line and Rivers not having enough time to sit back in the pocket and let receivers get open down the field.

O-Line Injury Woes Continue - Ricky Henne
Injuries have taken such an unexpected toll that as of his Monday press conference, the head coach was still in the midst of figuring out how the team would address the banged up unit. That’s especially true for the tackle position, where the only healthy player remaining is Kevin Haslam, who was signed off the practice squad nine days ago.

Who is going to protect Philip Rivers? - Bill Williamson
Nothing personal against Charlie Whitehurst, but the San Diego Chargers might want to think about sending him out at quarterback Sunday at Pittsburgh. Why subject starter Philip Rivers to such potential punishment given the team's 4-8 record?

ReFo: Bengals @ Chargers, Week 13 - Khaled Elsayed
How bad do you have to be playing when the camera takes not one, but two long looks at Charlie Whitehurst? This performance was worse than the statsheet would let on for Philip Rivers (-6.1) who is playing with the kind of fear I don’t recall seeing in him even in the "Dombrowski Days". Feeling phantom pressure, Rivers is making a tough job harder for his offensive line and, what’s worse, his accuracy is gone with it.

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