Stadium talks open, Carson still looms - David Garrick & Roger Showley (UT$)
San Diego officials and the Chargers wrapped up their first negotiating session on a proposal for a new stadium on Tuesday afternoon, meeting for more than an hour in a downtown office building and releasing no details.
CB Lowell Rose Believes Second Stint Will Have Different Outcome - Ricky Henne
“I’ve grown a lot since I was last here. I learned a lot with the Dolphins such as technique things, but really to play in NFL games and spend the year in the NFL helps anyone. It was very valuable. My defense was good, and on special teams I made a difference as well. I learned a lot about the little things, so I grew a lot.”
Depth Chart Update: Chargers - Ben Stockwell
As worrying as things are up front, there is cause for optimism in the defensive backfield. Brandon Flowers is still a good cornerback, with Eric Weddle remains one of the premier safeties in the NFL. There’s genuine excitement in San Diego about last season’s first-rounder Jason Verrett, with two huge games in the first six weeks of the season standing out. He missed the second half of 2014 through injury, but his development will be one to watch this season.
Defensive Prototypes: 0-Technique - Sam Monson
The reality is true two-gapping systems are dying out in the NFL, replaced by schemes and systems that prefer the attacking, one-gap fronts whether they are three or four-man lines.
Defensive Prototypes: 1-Technique - Sam Monson
The 1-technique is very similar to the 0-technique, and is still called the nose tackle in most systems, though instead of being the fulcrum for a three-man line, they are usually the centerpiece of a four-man front.
Defensive Prototypes: 3-Technique - Michael Renner
The reason they face fewer double teams is that in a typical under front, the 3-technique aligns to the weak side with a defensive end outside of the weakside tackle. This means the tackle can’t double down and the center has a long way to go to try and execute a double team.
Defensive Prototypes: 4-Technique - Sam Monson
The traditional position of the two-gapping 3-4 end may not quite be dead, but it is clinging by just a thread, with very few teams employing it with any kind of regularity in today’s NFL. The 4-tech is dying, long live the 4i (and very few people are playing the 5 at all).