San Diego Chargers Daily Links: September 28, 2012

Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

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

The absurdly premature 2012 playoff picture: Week 3 - MJD
Atlanta does take over the top spot, though, on the back of its 27-3 de-pantsing of the Chargers. It wasn't just Matt Ryan and his armory full of weapons this week, either. The Falcons' defense held the Chargers to 280 total yards and made Philip Rivers look like a chump. As the Falcons swaggered out of Qualcomm Stadium, there was a little bit of an "I'm afraid the Death Star is fully operational" feel.

Defense hopes to get off the field this time - Scott Bair
"There were five opportunities to get off the field," Pagano said. "And it was something we really analyzed and studied. In those five plays we learned a great deal. We need to get off the field on third down. And it's something that we've been stressing and working on. It's disappointing, without a doubt, to keep extending that drive. I shouldn't sit well with the players. It doesn't sit well with us as coaches."

Pagano Identifies Three Key Elements for Defense's Success - Ricky Henne
Defensive coordinator John Pagano has spent countless hours poring over the game footage from last Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Yet he knew right off the bat the areas his team would need to improve upon as they head into Kansas City to face their division rivals this Sunday.

Guest Blog: Corey Liuget - Chargers.com
Even though we lost on Sunday, I’m feeling good about this season. Personally, I’m more comfortable with what’s going on and feel like I am up to speed. The game is slowing down for me and I’m focusing on being very sound technically. I really think I’ve gotten a lot better at coming off the ball, striking guys and handling blocks.

Gaither longshot to play Sunday - Bill Williamson
San Diego left tackle Jared Gaither continued to practice on a limited basis and he hopes to play Sunday at Kansas City for the first time since injuring his back in July.

One guy to watch - Bill Williamson
The pressure is on Mathews in his second game of the season. After he fumbled near the goal line last week, San Diego coach Norv Turner said Mathews may not carry the ball in certain situations. This is a player the Chargers want to see grow. This is not a good step for his development. Let’s see how Mathews reacts at Kansas City.

3TFO: Chargers @ Chiefs, Week 4 - Kevin Grauel
Left Guard Tyronne Green (-6.0) is currently the lowest rated player at his position. He has allowed seven hurries in pass protection and has struggled even more as a run blocker. He certainly isn’t making anybody forget the recently retired Kris Dielman.

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