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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: January 17, 2012

OAKLAND, CA :  Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers drops back to pass against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA : Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers drops back to pass against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Personnel Decisions Await Chargers - Michael Gehlken
Twenty players are scheduled to become free agents March 13 at 1 p.m. PST, a long list composed of 12 offensive and seven defensive players and one special teamer. Sixteen of the players will be unrestricted free agents, barring the usage of a franchise or transition tag.

Fox and Elway agree: Tim Tebow’s earned the right to start in 2012 - Doug Farrar
Anyone who worried that Tebow's performance against the Pats would have team president John Elway and head coach John Fox looking elsewhere for a starting quarterback in the 2012 preseason need concern themselves no longer — in the Broncos' season-ending press conference on Monday, both Elway and Fox made it very clear that Tebow is their guy going forward.

The most popular Smart Football articles of 2011 - Chris
The coming of each new year gives us a chance to look back, and 2011 was a productive year here at Smart Football. In addition to my pieces over at Grantland, I had a number of fresh pieces here on the site. Below are links to some of the most popular pieces of 2011, in no particular order.

2012 NFL Draft order: 1-28 determined following Packers' loss - Dan Kadar
The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft is about set. Following this weekend's games, picks through No. 28 are set. The 28th, of course, goes to the Green Bay Packers, the defending Super Bowl champions. Needless to say, having a pick in anything but the 30s has to mean a disappointing year for the Packers.

Finhead's 2012 NFL Mock Draft: Version 2 - Finhead83
18) San Diego Chargers - Andre Branch, DE/OLB: He has good speed, but is sometimes slow off the snap. He has good hands and a good upper body. While he has been very good against the run, the Chargers will look to benefit from his pass rushing as Larry English just hasn't lived up to expectations.

DB coach Wilks leaves Chargers for Panthers - Kevin Acee
New Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano was known to be looking for an assistant in the secondary. It is unclear whether the Chargers will promote assistant secondary coach Cris Dishman.

Top Five NFL Players Involved in Charities for Children: A Female’s Perspective - Rebecca Bardelli
Philip Rivers is a quarterback for the San Diego Chargers. He is involved in the Rivers of Hope Foundation. Their goal is to assist children who are orphaned, not wanted or left behind by finding them long term families. On Dec. 11, 2011, Rivers gave away 10 tickets, so eight children and two adult chaperones could watch the Chargers play against the Buffalo Bills, a game in which the Chargers won.

Chargers stadium week in review: Playoffs - Matthew T. Hall
All the stadium stories you missed since my last roundup while you trying to figure out just who it is that Raiders owner Mark Davis looks like…

Rivers spoke up for Turner, and now needs to show up in next postseason - Tim Sullivan
If you’re still wondering why Dean Spanos would choose to infuriate his fans, imperil his season ticket sales, ignore a ski-slope trend line and bring A.J. Smith and Norv Turner back by unpopular demand, Rivers is probably the safest starting point.

Rare White Penguin Spotted in Antarctica - Lauren Sher
Screw you guys. I like penguins.