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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: January 14, 2013

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


The 4-3 Under Defense, Part I: An Introduction - Danny Kelly
The 4-3 Under defense is the base defensive package that the Seahawks run. Pete Carroll has been running this defense nearly his entire career, so as long as Carroll is the coach of the Seahawks, this is most likely the defense you're going to see on the field.

How did Ray Lewis go from murder suspect in 2000 to NFL royalty in 2013? - Jay Busbee
Lewis was already a three-time Pro Bowler, certainly a star but not yet an icon. That night, he and a group of friends found themselves in a heated argument with another group outside an upscale bar. The argument turned physical, punches were thrown and Lewis and his companions piled into a limousine to leave the scene. Behind them, Jacinth Baker, age 21, and Richard Lollar, age 24, lay dying of stab wounds.

Endorsements, head coach interviews piling up for Seattle’s Gus Bradley - Doug Farrar
"I've told people I've talked to in the last week or so, if you interview him, there's a good chance you'll hire him," Kiffin said of Bradley. "He'll walk in [to the interview] and take over the room. Philadelphia should strongly consider hiring him. I think he's special."

Bolts Madness: Mathews vs. Weddle - Ricky Henne
After a short hiatus due to the hiring of Tom Telesco as the next GM for the Chargers, Bolts Madness is back! Today’s matchup pits Ryan Mathews’ soaring touchdown against the Saints vs. Eric Weddle’s pick six at Denver.

Telesco's Emphasis on Draft Well Warranted - Ricky Henne
"We get so much information on the draft process for almost 13 months," he explained. "So for 13 months we’re working on these college players. We watch them on tape, we watch them in practice, we watch them live, we talk to their coaches, we do psychological, we do medical and we have all this information. When you look at free agency, you don’t have any of that. All you see is what you see on tape. You don’t have that intimate feeling of what the guy really is. You can’t interview him. So in the draft process, we draft and then develop.

Bolts Madness: Liuget's Sack vs. Meachem's TD - Ricky Henne
Bolts Madness continues with a weekend matchup between the four and 13 seeds. First up is a monster sack by Corey Liuget on Greg McElroy, which will face off against Robert Meachem’s deep bomb touchdown against his former team, the New Orleans Saints. The winner will go on to face Eric Weddle’s pick six against the Denver Broncos.

Chargers Interview Lovie Smith - Ricky Henne
Smith’s first year was a disappointment as the team finished with a 5-11 record. The following year in 2005, however, he masterminded a sharp turnaround as the Bears finished 11-5. As a result, he was voted the Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year. Smith’s best season came during the franchise’s Super Bowl season when he led the team to an NFC best 13-3 record.

Chargers Meet with Ken Whisenhunt - Ricky Henne
"From my brief involvement since I’ve been a head coach, I’ve also had great respect for the Spanos family," he said. "A couple years ago they came out for a week when they had the fires out here and used our facilities, so I had a chance to meet them. I really enjoyed that. I think you have to have great respect for what they’ve done and how they brought this franchise along."

Interviews Continue with Jay Gruden - Ricky Henne
Prior to joining the NFL coaching ranks, Gruden spent time as a head coach in the Arena Football League. His most successful stint came coaching the Orlando Predators for nine seasons (1998-2001,2004-08) as he led the team to two titles, four championship game appearances, and had a 93-61 record. From 2002-2008, he also spent time in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an offensive assistant. In 2011, he became the Bengals offensive coordinator and the team reached the playoffs in each of his first two seasons.

Chargers' John Pagano is in limbo - Bill Williamson
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Cleveland wants to hire Pagano as defensive coordinator. Former San Diego head coach Norv Turner is likely going to be Rob Chudzinski’s offensive coordinator. The three men worked in San Diego together. However, the Chargers aren’t letting Pagano out of his deal, because they might have plans for him.