San Diego Chargers Daily Links: January 16, 2014

Donald Miralle

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

Donald Butler contract talks to resume - Michael Gehlken (paywall)
"I've enjoyed watching Donald play this year," Telesco said. "I've enjoyed watching his growth. I remember him watching him when he played at Notre Dame his senior year with the University of Washington. They lost in overtime; it was a great game. I came away from that game really liking a couple guys. He was one of them, and I've been able to follow his career from afar and now here this year.

Reich: "I Love Everything About the No-Huddle" - Chargers.com Video
Offensive Coordinator Frank Reich speaks to the media for the first time since being promoted.

San Diego Chargers season wrap-up - Eric Williams
Rivers elevated the play of the entire offense and deserves to be part of the conversation of league MVP. In his 10th season, Rivers benefited from former offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt's conversion of San Diego's offense to a short passing game. Rivers finished in the top five in completion percentage (69.5 percent), yards per pass (8.23), passing yards (4,478), passing touchdowns (32) and passer rating (105.5). At 32 years old, Rivers looks like he still has the ability to play a few more years at an elite level.

Scramble for the Ball: The Value of Field Goals - Tom Gower & Mike Kurtz
I had a brief theory that teams with low TD/FG ratios, like the Patriots and Chargers, had offensive success because their offenses were consistent and consistently had drives that at least reached the 40. San Diego fits this theory with, 3.8% offensive variance. New England ... not so much. 8.8% variance, 24th.

Telesco Speaks Out on State of Team - Ricky Henne
"I think offensively we can probably infuse some speed. The more weapons we can give Philip (Rivers) the better. Defensively, one thing we have to do better is get off the field on third down and create some turnovers, which we started to do late in the year. In the beginning of the year we had a hard time creating turnovers. Special Teams-wise it would be nice to add a return game with some dynamic ability there. There are two guys here who we have pretty high hopes for in Kerwynn Williams and Tobais Palmer, who were two of the better returners in college last year when they came out. So let’s see what they have."

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