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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: March 9, 2012

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Perry one defender Chargers may have eyes for - Michael Gehlken
Colleague after colleague praised how Barry game plans and develops players, how he prides himself as a teacher first and coach second. Shawn Howe, a USC defensive line coaching assistant, called Barry a "phenomenal teacher" and "the best coach I’ve ever seen."

2011 Run Stop Percentage: Interior Defensive Linemen - Khaled Elsayed
We’re going to focus on our "Run Stop Percentage" for defensive tackles to give you an idea of which DTs running backs should be worried about most. The Run Stop % Signature Stat works in quite a simple fashion. It’s done by determining the amount of times a defender has caused an offensive failure as a percentage of how many plays he is in on run defense, excluding plays nullified by penalty.

Team Needs and Top Free Agents - Rick Drummond
All 32 NFL teams have areas of need that they’ll attempt to shore up through A) bringing their own free agents back, B) snagging quality players cut loose by other teams, or C) loading up on young talent in the draft. Any way they decide to go, you can be sure NFL front office staffs aren’t taking many days off right now.

Chargers sign veteran linebacker - Michael Gehlken
Williams, 31, will add depth to the position, joining a rotation led by Donald Butler, Takeo Spikes and Jonas Mouton. He is also expected to contribute on special teams.

Two Chargers up for Madden cover - Michael Gehlken
Online voting launched this week to decide the cover athlete, and quarterback Philip Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates are among the candidates.

San Diego QB Philip Rivers endorses Santorum - Catalina Camia
San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is dabbling into presidential politics and throwing his support behind Rick Santorum.

Vincent Jackson would take less money to remain in San Diego - Lester A. Wiltfong Jr
Even though sources report it, I don't see him staying a Charger. He's sure to command a contract in excess of $10 million a year, and as the consensus top WR on the market teams will fight for his services. The Redskins are rumored to want a high profile wide out to pair with who ever is taking snaps for them in 2012. The Bills are prepared to make a serious run at him to pair with the newly re-signed Steve Johnson. The Buccaneers have a boatload of cap room, the 49ers believe they just need to tweak their offense to make a Super Bowl run.

Chat wrap: Manning madness - Bill Williamson
I think we will see a lot of movement, but I think San Diego will be the most aggressive because they have the biggest mix of in-house needs and outside needs. So, the Chargers will be making noise out of sheer necessity.