Chargers team doctor to step down - Michael Gehlken (UT$)
Christopher Wahl, head team physician the past two, plans to step down in the coming weeks. Family reasons and the possibility of franchise relocation were the chief factors for his decision, he said Friday. Wahl replaced David Chao in early 2013 after the latter handled the role for 17 years.
Rival Roundup: Analyzing the Raiders Offseason - Ricky Henne
Like the Broncos, the Raiders infused their team with a new coach, hiring Denver’s former defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. He grew up a die-hard fan of the franchise and passionately wanted to take over the reins. Del Rio previously served as head coach of the Jaguars from 2003-11, guiding Jacksonville to a 69-73 record over his tenure while going 1-2 in a pair of playoff appearances. He spent 2012-14 with the Broncos, and was named interim head coach in 2013 when John Fox had to step away for a few games due to health issues.
Mailbag: Behind the Scenes Photos & McCoy on Rivers - Ricky Henne
I’m really happy we were able to get Stevie Johnson! Like many, I think he will be a big boost to the offense. Johnson badly wanted to play with Rivers, so I’m really looking forward to watching how he meshes with number 17 when the team returns for the offseason program. I believe his skillset fits in with the Bolts offense as he is a versatile playmaker who can play outside and in the slot.
NFL bans Patriots’ ineligible receiver ploy -Michael David Smith
The league has made it illegal for an offensive player with an eligible receiver’s jersey number (1-49 and 80-89) to report as an ineligible player and line up outside the tackle box.
2014: Year of the Short-Yardage Pass - Scott Kacsmar
Clearly, there is a bigger decline in success from 1 yard to 2 yards with running than there is passing, but running has produced a higher conversion rate in each of the last six years. One problem with running may be that too many teams telegraph the play by loading up a big formation, which the defense can counter with its own mass of humanity, making it hard to get a good push. If teams ran out of normal personnel more often in these situations, we may see even better results.