Hey Chargers fans! I’m Kenneth and I’m going to start helping out around here and writing about the Chargers, beginning with some links posts like this one. Previous to this I was the managing editor at Field Gulls, where I started officially writing about the Seahawks in 2011. But two years before that I moved to Los Angeles and that’s where I’ve lived ever since. As you may already be aware of, there were recent changes at SB Nation and that included me getting a chance to write about some of my local teams.
And yes, the Chargers are my local team! In fact, I’m exactly the type of person who the Chargers desperately want to attract because I call LA my home, I’m a huge NFL fan, and I have no AFC affiliation. And not even when they were in the same conference did Seattle and San Diego have any sort of rivalry, so there’s not even the possibility of bad blood. In fact, I’ve always liked the Chargers and I’ve been immensely curious in the direction of the team in 2020 and beyond, so if it’s cool with you and Richard and the great people around here, I’m going to be chipping in as we figure out together what the future of the California blogs — and the Chargers — will be.
Onto the links...
Bright spot for Melvin Gordon after trying season? He’s healthy entering free agency - ESPN
Gordon also had a difficult season off the field that included the death of two uncles and a close friend.
”Never let mistakes or adversity break you,” Gordon said during locker room clean out when asked what he learned this season. “You have to overcome it at some point. The pain and disappointment that it brings, it only lasts for so long. And you’ve just got to keep fighting and push through it.
”At the end of the day, people care, but no one really cares because it’s life and it hits everyone. Everyone has their thing, or something that’s going on with them. It is what it is, so you can’t let it break you.”
Seven possible quarterback scenarios in 2020 - BoltBeat
It’s clear right now, especially with the emergence of Ryan Tannehill, that Marcus Mariota isn’t in the future plans for the Tennessee Titans. With free agency looming for Mariota, is it possible the Chargers take on a potential redemption project with him as a starter?
Los Angeles Chargers: 3 major needs for the NFL offseason - Clutch Points
To be fair, the Chargers were missing two key offensive linemen for much of the year, as Mike Pouncey was knocked out after five games and Russell Okung did not take the field until Week 8. But Los Angeles’ offensive line has been an issue for several years now, so even with Pouncey and Okung in the fold, this unit is still a problem.
15 most-expensive Chargers against 2020 salary cap - Chargers Wire
The Los Angeles Chargers have a lot of work to do this offseason, and it all starts in free agency. The Chargers have the most salary cap space that they’ve had in years – but it might take some contract structuring and surprise cutting if they wish to really be aggressive in free agency.
Philip Rivers: If not with the Chargers, there is one logical landing spot - BoltBeat
The Colts have the pieces to win right away, but the team was thrown a crushing blow right before the season started when Andrew Luck chose to retire. That thrust Jacoby Brissett into the starting role and though he did an admirable job, he might not be the starting quarterback the Colts are looking for.
But Rivers very well could be.
Chargers’ Keenan Allen, Joey Bosa Named to PFWA All-AFC Team for 2019 - SI
Unlike the Associated Press which names first- and second-team All-Pros for the entire league, the PFWA breaks up the selections by NFC and AFC players and then names one compromising the best players from both conferences. The inclusion on the 2019 All-AFC team represents the first such honor for either Keenan Allen or Joey Bosa.
Burbank Teen Receives Special Gift From L.A. Chargers Player - KTLA
A Burbank teen who’s been dealing with type 1 diabetes since he was a toddler received a special surprise Saturday from Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu. The NFL player and nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award showed up at 14-year-old Charlie Wehrenberg’s basketball practice at Providence High School and gifted him with Super Bowl tickets.
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