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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: December 21, 2012

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

Stephen Dunn

Who calls the protections, and why? - Paul Kuharsky
"Personally, I think it ties the quarterback into everything," said Colts offensive coordinator and interim coach Bruce Arians, who asks rookie Andrew Luck to call protections most of the time. "I don’t think the center can see what the quarterback can see. When the center depends on the [middle linebacker] because of safety locations, he gets fooled too many times.

Dual-threat QBs not a fad - Tom Krasovic
We’ve no clue how long Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick will last in the NFL, but don't expect dual-threat quarterbacking to go the way of toe-first placekicking. Three of the youngsters could be in the playoffs, validating their "read option" planned runs, fakes and pitches.

My Special Week - Antonio Gates
This has been a special week for me, and not just because I tied the franchise record for touchdown catches.

Turner "Frustrated" Despite Getting Six Back from Injury - Ricky Henne
The last few weeks have not been kind to the San Diego Chargers in terms of injuries. Each week, new players have found themselves on either injured reserve or the inactive list on Sunday. But as the team reconvened on Wednesday for practice to prepare for the Jets, a large number of players who have missed time this year returned to the fold.

Third-Round Pick Brandon Taylor to See Extensive Time on Sunday - Ricky Henne
Taylor got the first extensive run of his career late in Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers. It left head coach Norv Turner wanting to see more as it is hard to evaluate a player in the conditions he was playing in.

Jarret Johnson Faces His Mentor on Sunday - Ricky Henne
There isn’t much doubt in Jarret Johnson’s mind that he wouldn’t be where he is in the NFL had it not been for Rex Ryan, who was Johnson’s defensive coordinator for the majority of his career with the Ravens. Ryan took a defensive tackle out of Alabama and transformed him into one of the most solid outside linebackers in the game.

Jarret Johnson raises bar for defense - Michael Gehlken
There used to be downtime for the Chargers defense in practice. It would jog off the field and to the sideline, rest and hydrate, rest and hydrate, standing around, waiting idly for its turn while the offense took reps. Jarret Johnson saw this in September. It hasn't happened again since.