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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: August 27, 2012

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San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Mike Willie (83) celebrates after scoring during the second half against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 28-20.  Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Mike Willie (83) celebrates after scoring during the second half against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 28-20. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Willie Making a Name for Himself - Ricky Henne
"I feel like I really did my part in the fourth quarter," Willie said following Sunday afternoon’s practice. "It all came together in that last drive in our two-minute offense, and I tried to make as many plays as I could to help the team win."

Uni Watch Power Rankings (NFL) - Paul Lukas
Memo to the Chargers: Want to jump a few spots in these rankings? Put the uni numbers back on the sides of the helmets. Come on, there's all that white space under the lightning bolts -- go ahead and use it!

Mathews still optimistic about returning for opener - Scott Bair
Mathews can't wait to get back on the field again and, despite medical opinions that state he'll be out for six weeks, he's determined to be ready in four for the season opener Sept. 10 at Oakland.

A.J. Smith: Completing the Circle - Chris Earley
Life is filled with twists and turns. In some cases, life can turn full circle. This is the case for Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith and his family.

Healthy English Channeling Potential Into Results - Ricky Henne
"It feels great to be completely healthy, especially coming down a long road to be here at this point right now," he said. "I’m just really grateful and focused on the future. I feel fortunate and I’m just excited to go play how I’m capable of this year."

Kaeding looks as sharp as ever - Scott Bair
Nate Kaeding drilled a 50-yard field goal through the uprights on Friday night against the Minnesota Vikings. Big whoop. The Chargers' kicker has been doing that all training camp, with customized goalposts a Smart Car couldn't drive through.

Replacement Officials Will Determine NFL Games in 2012 - Neal Coolong
Last night's Chargers at Vikings game may have been the straw that broke the camel's back. Hopefully, that same straw breaks the NFL's back as well, because it's to the point where I'm even wondering if the replacement officials aren't just plants from the officials' union who are tanking it at the union's direction to help their bargaining position with the league.