Monday, November 11, 2013
Morning Links: From contender to pretender
By Eric D. Williams
SAN DIEGO -- Good Morning. ESPN’s John Clayton writes that the Chargers (4-5) might be pretenders when it comes to the 2013 playoffs. Clayton: “The Chargers have had enough close losses that they may have fallen into pretender mode. The Mike McCoy-Philip Rivers union is a good one, but the Chargers aren't getting enough big plays to win these games at the end.”
Will Brinson of CBS Sports gives the Chargers a C-minus for their effort in the loss against the Broncos. Brinson: “The Chargers mounted a late comeback and managed to sack Peyton Manning twice but they still didn't have much of an answer for Denver's offense. Philip Rivers needed to have a bigger game if the Chargers wanted a shot at winning.”
Ricky Henne of Chargers.com writes that the Chargers are not taking a moral victory from hanging tough with one of the best teams in the NFL.
Jason Zink and Michael Shamburger of The Big Lead take a big-picture look at what pass plays work in the red zone. They say teams should shy away from throwing fade routes and look to attack the middle of the field in front of the goal line, letting an elusive player like Danny Woodhead work his way into the end zone.