San Diego Chargers Daily Links: March 27, 2014

Stephen Dunn

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

NFL Rule Changes for 2014 - Ryan Schuler
The goal posts will be extended by five feet to give officials a better view of field goals, and the game clock will now continue to run when the quarterback is sacked outside of two minutes. One of the most noteworthy rule changes was the "NaVorro Bowman Rule," which allows officials to review a fumble recovery. This rule came to fruition after Bowman clearly recovered a loose ball in last season’s NFL Championship game, but the play could not be reviewed.

Why Goal Post Dunking Was Banned - Chargers.com Video
NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino joins "NFL Total Access" at the annual owner's meetings to explain what went into the decision to penalize players for goal post celebrations.

Fewer Kids Are Playing Football, But Mark Cuban Might Be Wrong About Why - Neil Paine
In fact, kids are moving away from all three of America’s big-time sports, football, basketball and baseball (even though baseball is regarded by pediatricians as one of the safer sports for children). And among the big three, football’s decline was actually the smallest (baseball and basketball saw their participation rates drop by 7.2 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively).

Teddy Bridgewater or Blake Bortles? - Bill Barnwell
Bridgewater’s pro day was a fiasco, with the Louisville product struggling with deeper throws and managing to complete just 57 of the 65 passes he attempted.1 Bortles’s pro day, meanwhile, conjured all the right adjectives. Impressive. Solid. Bortles’s strong pitch might very well be the final piece of the puzzle he needed to rise to the top of this year’s quarterback class.

McCoy: Rivers should start 2014 off strong - Eric Williams
"He should start off where he finished and have the type of year he had last year," McCoy said. "Our team will only improve. There were a lot of first times for our team also, in a new system. There's things you're learning -- you practice things all the time but they may not be against a certain coverage.

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