San Diego Chargers Daily Links: January 20, 2014

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

Philip Rivers Named PFWA Comeback Player of Year - Ricky Henne
Behind Rivers, the Chargers won their last four regular-season games to finish 9-7 and qualified for the AFC playoffs for the first time since 2009 after a 7-9 record in 2012. Rivers threw for 400 yards three times, tossed three or more touchdown passes in six games and completed a career-high 36 passes in a victory at Philadelphia in Week Two.

Dean Spanos encouraged by future - Michael Gehlken (paywall0
"I think we have a really, really outstanding general manager and coach," Spanos said. "For the future, I think fans, and myself being a fan, am pleased with what I saw. I'm not satisfied, as the players aren't; the organization isn't. But we're really looking forward to next year.

Players Chargers should target at No. 25 - Eddie Brown (paywall)
Yes, the Chargers could use some able bodies in the secondary, and perhaps along the offensive line, but finding a proper nose tackle could really tighten up this defense. If you want Manti Te'o not having to fight off blocks, then the Chargers must upgrade over Cam Thomas inside. Hageman (6-6, 311 lbs) is an explosive player who can play every position on the defensive line.

2014 Senior Bowl preview - Dan Kadar
Before a week's worth of practices, Fisher wasn't viewed as a possible No. 1 pick. But he left Mobile as the top choice for the Kansas City Chiefs. Although the Senior Bowl isn't expected to churn out the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the North and South rosters are loaded with talent.

2014 NFL mock draft: Senior Bowl week - Dan Kadar
San Diego is another team that tried to get by with average corners, using players like Derek Cox, Richard Marshall and Shareece Wright heavily in 2013. It's true that Roby had a down junior season, but the talent is there. It wasn't long ago that Roby was considered as the best cornerback prospect in this year's draft. Good coaching could make him that player again.

Nick Hardwick to weigh retirement - Michael Gehlken (paywall)
He and wife Jayme, 2-year-old son Hudson, and weeks-old son Theodore will be back in Indiana this offseason to see family. He'll get tattoos done at some point in the coming months. And he'll think. Hardwick knows the physical price to play this game.

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