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San Diego Chargers Daily Links: February 20, 2014

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Donald Miralle

Projecting Team Wins Using DVOA — Chase Stuart
The standard deviations for pass offense, rush offense, pass defense, and rush defense, are 22.0%, 11.1%, 15.1%, and 9.4%. Add in the 3.9% for special teams, and here’s another potential conclusion: pass offense is 33% of the game, rush offense is 17%, pas defense is 22%, rush defense is 14%, and special teams remains at 14%. Those numbers sound and feel appropriate to me.

Football helmets don't provide much protection from concussions, study suggests - Michelle Castillo
"Biomechanics researchers have long understood that rotational forces, not linear forces, are responsible for serious brain damage including concussion, brain injury complications and brain bleeds. Yet generations of football and other sports participants have been under the assumption that their brains are protected by their investment in headwear protection," study co-author Dr. Frank Conidi, director of the Florida Center for Headache and Sports Neurology a, said in a press release.

CFB 24/7: Missouri DE Kony Ealy - Podcasts
Matt "Money" Smith, Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah chat with Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy about his reaction to Michael Sam’s announcement, the lineage of Missouri defensive players in the NFL and the difficulty of defending against Johnny Manziel.

Ranking the 2014 Free Agents: Linebackers - John Breitenbach
After combining for a +9.3 grade in 2011 and 2012 when he first got on the field, much was expected of Butler this season in combination with Manti Te’o. Thus far results have not met expectations. Te’o struggled as a rookie and Butler did absolutely nothing to help him. Missing seven games on the past two seasons hasn’t helped but his play on the field really stood out in a negative way in 2013.

Projected Lineups: San Diego Chargers - Rick Drummond
The balance to their cap space worry is the potential to gain back large chunks through a few sensible releases. Getting back to Clary, the $4.5M in cap savings he represents when compared to his 79th-ranked (of 81 qualifying guards) -19.8 run-blocking grade in 2013 makes it a fairly simple call – the only larger savings on the roster would come from letting either Rivers or Weddle go. There are others, though, as Eddie Royal, Nick Hardwick, Freeney, Gates, Jarrett Johnson, and Le’Ron McClain could each offer $2M+ of relief (Royal and Hardwick $4M+). Some combination of cuts and/or restructures from that group would create the space needed.