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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: January 21, 2013

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


There Is No Red Zone: The NFL's Scoring Myth - Kirk Goldsberry with Kevin Meers
The red zone is not a real place on any football field, and its prominence in football parlance is only limiting our understanding of the game. After spending thousands of hours of my life with Dierdorf, Buck, and all the other great orators of our time, it’s still unclear to me why everyone seems to think the "red zone" is an acceptable concept.

There is No Red Zone: The NFL's Scoring Myth - Aaron Schatz
So yes, there is no red zone. But really, there is a red zone. It just happens to be a general concept rather than a tangible, physical area that exists only between the 20-yard line and the end zone. You can't ask coaches and writers to explain this nuance with a whole paragraph every time they want to talk about teams getting close to a score.

NFL fixed grades for desired Super Bowl ref - Ben Austro
This season began with the NFL using a pool of replacement officials who were retired or came from lower college divisions and junior colleges. It will end with the NFL using a referee who might not be the most qualified.

What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? - bp
I decided I’m not calling Ken Whisenhunt "the Whiz" like everybody else. It’s boring. I’m calling him Kenneth. Because it’s funny. I love this hire.

Chargers Thrilled to Retain Pagano as DC - Ricky Henne
"I want to thank the Spanos family, Coach McCoy and the entire organization for believing in me," Pagano said. "These are very exciting times for the Chargers and I look forward to keep building our defense to where we want it to be."

McCoy Retaining Four Defensive Coaches - Ricky Henne
"I’m very excited to be back here to continue to work with coach Pagano" said Barry. "We have unfinished business. We played very well last year but I think we can play even better. It’s great to be here with Coach Mike McCoy. I’m encouraged by the little bit of time we’ve gotten to visit. I’m very excited about his vision and what he sees this team and this defense doing. It’s obviously great to still be a Charger and I’m very excited about our future."

Fan Forum Replay with Mike McCoy - Ricky Henne
As a continuation of the team’s upgraded season ticket holder benefits, the Chargers conducted a Fan Forum with Head Coach Mike McCoy this afternoon. Here is a replay of the 35 minute call.

Chargers add to staff - Bill Williamson
He is the third former Arizona coach named to new coach Mike McCoy’ staff. Spencer was the special teams coach in Arizona under Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt is McCoy’s offensive coordinator. Former Arizona receivers coach Frank Reich is San Diego’s quarterbacks coach.