San Diego Chargers Daily Links: July 18, 2012

San Diego, CA, USA; A general view as the San Diego Chargers warm up during minicamp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

San Diego Chargers Season Preview - Steve Shoup
The Chargers (and the whole AFC West) face a tough draw as they have to face the AFC North and NFC South divisions this year. In addition the AFC West may be the most competitive it’s been in years, as the Chiefs have a good bit of talent coming back from injury and the Broncos added Peyton Manning. San Diego has some of the best offensive skill position talent to go along with an All-pro QB and an improving defense. That should be enough for them to retake the division.

The Evolution of the Zone Blitz - Greg Cosell
Dick LeBeau, the defensive backfield coach for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1980 to 1983, recognized this significant shift. He intuitively understood that the objective was to impact the quarterback without sacrificing bodies in coverage. It was a numbers game: Teams had to rush with fewer defenders while forcing offenses to keep more blockers in pass protection, including eligible receivers like running backs and tight ends.

Who is the AFC West's top defender? - Matt Williamson
Without further ado, here are my thoughts on the three defensive studs who have the best chance to emerge as the best in the AFC West in 2012.

Video: AFC West preview - ESPN
Cris Carter and Marcellus Wiley break down the AFC West.

Advanced Trends in Packaged Reads and Concepts - Patrick McCarthy
My primary focus was on the offensive side of the ball, and a recurring theme with all teams (and has been noted before) was the proliferation of read run plays and how they are packaged with other concepts, whether run or pass. Many of the following plays are in a similar vein as attaching a run play to ‘Stick’.

Writing Styles - Randall Munroe
I liked the idea, suggested by h00k on, of a Twitter bot that messages prominent politicians to tell them when they've unnecessarily used sms-speak abbreviations despite having plenty of characters left.

Packers, Patriots Lead NFL Offensive Line Rankings - Ryan Van Bibber
The left tackle was released, the left guard retired after some serious concussion issues, right guard has never played in all 16 games in three seasons. In San Diego, the offensive line is filled with a lot of ifs and has lost a lot of talent. There's potential for them to be good, but not great. There's just as much potential for them to be awful.

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