SAN DIEGO CA: Linebacker Shaun Phillips #95 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates a sack in the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Bolts' Mathews having one of those offseasons - Michael Gehlken
Mathews is having one of those offseasons, the kind that build a buzz about a young player coming into his own, about the strong season that, in a few months’ time, could follow.
Should the Chargers re-sign Tomlinson?: Final verdict says no - Dan McLellan
The idea of RB LaDainian Tomlinson finishing his career in San Diego sounds wonderful. It would give Tomlinson one last chance at a Super Bowl and allow fans an opportunity to see him play in a Chargers uniform one more time. The Chargers, however, need to win now. Many consider Tomlinson to be the greatest player to ever wear a Chargers uniform, but his production since his MVP season of 2006 has dramatically depreciated.
Phillips happy to welcome new blood - Scott Bair
Ever since the effectiveness of former Charger Shawne Merriman waned due to injuries starting in 2008, the Chargers have looked to Phillips to lead the way. The players opposite him have been underwhelming during the Chargers' two-year playoff drought, a period in which Phillips' snap count has spiked.
Hands on approach - Scott Yoffe
New secondary coach Ron Meeks has an impressive resume and brings a hands on approach to the Chargers secondary.
Defensive Prototypes: Defensive Line - Sam Monson
The differences in modern defenses is in exactly how they defend those gaps, and how they assign players to control them. The same gaps can be manned either by small, quick defenders, or by giant linemen expected to control and defend more than one gap at a time, freeing up other defenders in the process.
Third is first at Chargers' OTAs - Michael Gehlken
The offense and defense will, for the first time all offseason, square off in 11-on-11 drills when they begin organized team activities (OTAs). This is the third and final phase of a nine-week voluntary workout program, running 10 days over the next three weeks.
Sporting News ranks NFL coaches; Turner 20th - Michael Gehlken
So, the Chargers are an underdog team full of largely underdog players with an underdog coach. More fodder to the fire, indeed.