Morning Links: Stopping explosive plays

November, 15, 2013
11/15/13
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SAN DIEGO -- Good Morning. Cole Schultz of Pro Football Focus gives us three things to focus on in the San Diego Chargers' upcoming matchup against Miami -- Keenan Allen vs. Brent Grimes, Miami’s rushing woes and the Dolphins' ability to create explosive plays against San Diego’s secondary. Open-field tackling is a struggle for San Diego’s defense. The Chargers have allowed 36 passing plays of 20-plus yards defensively, sixth-worst in the NFL.

In Greg Bedard of Sports Illustrated’s weekly look at the best pass-rushers, San Diego’s defense ranks 25th in creating pressure, while the Chargers’ offensive line ranks No. 4 in keeping Philip Rivers clean.

Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com provides a preview of the top college prospects and who they are playing against this weekend. USC-Stanford tops his list. Check out one of the best draft-eligible pass-rushers Friday evening when UCLA’s Anthony Barr plays against Washington on ESPN 2.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego says the Chargers are getting healthier at outside linebacker with Jarret Johnson returning to practice.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com writes that the Chargers are concerned about Miami’s ability to create turnovers.

This Chargers fan isn’t too concerned about a tight-lipped Mike McCoy providing few details to reporters.

In this ESPN Insider piece Insider, Mel Kiper Jr. examines the teams looking for a quarterback in the 2014 draft. San Diego’s not on the list, but Kiper’s piece is a good look at other teams like Jacksonville, Tampa Bay and Houston that will be looking for a quarterback early in the draft.

One of the lowlights from Thursday night football: this Colts fan dancing with a Tennessee Titans cheerleader.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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