Morning links: Philip Rivers and short passing


Good morning.

According to Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus, San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw 44.7 percent of his passes in the 1 to 10-yard range. Of the quarterbacks charted, only Carson Palmer [43.2 percent], Drew Stanton [41.6] and Nick Foles [37.3] had a lower percentage of passes thrown in that range.

My take: Offensive coordinators want quarterbacks to take what the defense gives them, and at times Rivers passed over easy completions to push the ball down the field. When he talked to reporters this week, it’s one of the things Rivers talked about improving on during this offseason.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com talks with new linebackers coach Mike Nolan about his position group.

My take: Nolan goes into detail on each player on the depth chart, including new rookies Denzel Perriman and Kyle Emanuel, along with veterans Donald Butler and Melvin Ingram. It’s worth a look this morning.

Tom Krasovic of The San Diego Union-Tribune debates whether San Diego’s offensive line can be the best in the AFC West in 2015.

My take: It’s certainly not out of the question. Although the Chargers did not draft an offensive lineman, they added Orlando Franklin, Joe Barksdale, Chris Hairston and Michael Huey in free agency, along with bringing back King Dunlap and Trevor Robinson. San Diego should have more depth available up front than last season.

Film student and Chargers fan Jim Wolak chronicles the Save Our Bolts grassroots effort to keep the team in San Diego in this video.

My take: It’s a very polished effort by Wolak and shows that there is a core group of fans in this city who still wants to keep the team here.