Morning Links: Martyball


SAN DIEGO – Good morning. I hope you had a chance to see the NFL Network’s “A Football Life:Marty Schottenheimer” on Tuesday evening. The show provided some good perspective on Schottenheimer’s time coaching in San Diego, including some time devoted to the meaning of “Martyball”, which you can see in this video.

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com provides draft needs for every team in the league. Currently, the Chargers would select No. 16 or 17. Jeremiah says that cornerback, offensive guard and outside linebacker are San Diego’s top needs. Jeremiah: “The Chargers' offensive line has played much better this season, but they could still use an upgrade along the interior. They have spent a lot of picks on pass rushers over the last decade, but they're still in the market for a difference-maker on the outside.”

Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post evaluates to cornerbacks expected to go high in the draft that could be potential targets for the Chargers -- Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert and Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller.

Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated provides 10 draft prospects to watch in the first week of bowl games, which start on Saturday.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland places Mike McCoy’s decision to punt on fourth down from Denver’s 37-yard line late in a one score game one of the worst coaching decisions of Week 15. The Chargers did get a stop the next series when Thomas Keiser intercepted Peyton Manning.

Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com ranks Keenan Allen as his top rookie of the week.

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego writes that Ryan Mathews is here to stay after showing toughness and durability this season.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com provides a scouting report on the Raiders.

Darren Smith of The Mighty 1090 AM radio talks with Chargers general manager Tom Telesco in this audio link.

Aaron Gordon of Sports on Earth evaluates and ranks the best and worst football announcers of 2013. Gordon rates Dick Stockton and Ronde Barber the best crew with only 19 infractions, and Chris Myers and Tim Ryan the worst crew, with 87 infractions.