Why the Padres aren’t (yet) supporting the Chargers downtown - David Marver
Completely destroying Tailgate Park, as proposed in part of the Chargers’ stadium plan, means that the Padres will lose 1,000 of the parking spaces they themselves control. Last year, these spaces went for $20 on weekdays and $25 on weekends, representing a potential value of $1.8 million dollars if every spot was filled and the Padres took in 100% of the revenue. That probably isn’t the agreement they have, but an estimate of roughly $1.0 million per year isn’t far from the truth.
2016 Free Agency Cost-Benefit Analysis - Andrew Healy (h/t @jaystokes)
A bunch of very good players appear on the list of the deals that leave the signing team worse off for signing them. At the right price, any team would be thrilled to add players such as Alex Mack or Eric Weddle. But Age-Adjusted Value finds the 30-year-old Mack not worth his big deal ($28.5 million guaranteed), nor 31-year-old Eric Weddle worth his ($13 million guaranteed).
Chris Watt on Recovery & O-Line Improvement - Chargers.com (video)
Center Chris Watt talks about the new offensive line coach and what his goals are for 2016.
Chargers among 3 best NFL team fits for Deforest Buckner - Jeff Dooley
The Bolts were awful on defense in 2015, meaning they can use help anywhere – and given their 3-4 base defense, Buckner would be an excellent choice for them if he’s available at No. 3 overall. The Chargers earned the fifth-worst overall PFF pass-rush grade in the NFL in 2015, and got absolutely nothing from anyone on the interior (edge rusher Melvin Ingram provided the majority of the pressure). An underrated element of Armstead’s game is his pass-rushing ability – while he was the ninth-best interior lineman in run-defense grade, he had by far the best pass-rush grade, on the strength of his position-leading 67 quarterback pressures in 2015 (12 sacks, 16 hits, 39 hurries).
Losing the scowl, Chargers coach Mike McCoy tries softer tone - Eric Williams
"It’s a learning experience," McCoy said. "In everything you do, there’s going to be some mistakes that you make. Working with Bill [Johnston, Chargers PR director,] every day, I always want his advice too, and have him evaluate me like a player. He’s the coach, and I’m the player. So I want him to evaluate some things to see if there’s a better way I can give information to you guys and say it differently."