Morning Links: Rivers and bolo ties

Good morning. Wesley Morris writing for Grantland says that San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers created an identity for himself nationally by wearing bolo ties and rattlesnake skin cowboy boots on game days, a lasting image from his team’s 2013 season.

Morris: “Rivers seemed to find himself in these clothes. They made sense on him. He’s always seemed like Jon Voight in a PG-rated version of Midnight Cowboy: long in both length and old-fashioned innocence. The ties and the belt buckles also lent the impression of fun. The bolos caught on, but this isn’t a look you just go out and own. It’s as if Rivers spent the first half of the season doing a dry run, making sure it wasn’t the costume it would be on most men. His size ensured the bolos never upstaged him. The clothes themselves fit. The colors and the plaids popped. The shirt he wore after a regular-season Chargers win actually caught the turquoise oval on the arrowhead fastener. Rivers, or someone, was thinking about these clothes. He didn’t take it too far. He looked neither like a used-car salesman nor the singer in a country band from Red Hook, Brooklyn.”

Sound FX provides an inside look at the AFC divisional round playoff games between the Chargers and the Broncos in this video.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com talks with San Diego defensive coordinator John Pagano about the 2013 season, and his unit can build on late-season success for next year.

Matt Calkins of U-T San Diego ask if Chargers general manager Tom Telesco can follow last year’s strong effort in the draft and free agency with a repeat performance in 2014.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated tells us why former Chargers defensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt was the right man to take over as head coach of the Tennessee Titans.

Scott Kaplan and Billy Ray Smith of The Mighty 1090 AM radio talk with Whisenhunt about San Diego's offensive struggles in last week’s loss at Denver in this audio link.

Richard Wade of Bolts from the Blue offers five things he learned about the Chargers from the 2013 season.

Dan Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com provides a list of the underclassmen leaving school early for the NFL draft.

Jack Bechta of the National Football Post talks about the importance of All-Start games for college draft prospects entering the NFL this year.