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Brett Hundley back to L.A. in ’16?

James Santelli/Neon Tommy

James Santelli/Neon Tommy

Brett Hundley could be calling the Rose Bowl his home again — in 2016.

The former UCLA quarterback worked out for the San Diego Chargers in Los Angeles on Wednesday and plans to do the same for the St. Louis Rams before the draft, per the St. Louis Post Dispatch’s Jim Thomas. Hundley has also worked out for the Arizona CardinalsNew York Jets and Dallas Cowboys, among others.

Just a year ago, Hundley was widely-viewed as a high first-round draft pick. But when he returned to UCLA in 2014, Hundley produced film that’s led to legitimate questions about how his game will translate to the NFL.

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Chargers, Rams work out Marcus Mariota

Scott Enyeart

Scott Enyeart

Two NFL teams linked to Los Angeles in 2016 went duck hunting this week.

Per UT-San Diego’s Michael Gehlken, the San Diego Chargers conducted a private workout with quarterback Marcus Mariota in Eugene, OR on Tuesday. Two days later, the St. Louis Rams were in town to work out the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, according to NFL Media’s Albert Breer.

The Chargers hold the 17th overall pick in the this month’s NFL draft. With no commitment from Philip Rivers beyond this season — only apprehension about potentially playing in L.A. — the organization must seriously consider drafting a quarterback. The last thing the Chargers want is to move the franchise without a bonafide signal-caller on the roster in ’16.

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Philip Rivers not keen on playing in Los Angeles

Nathan Rupert

Nathan Rupert

Don’t count on Philip Rivers taking a snap as a member of the Los Angeles Chargers.

Rivers told U-T San Diego‘s Kevin Acee he plans to play out the remainder of his contract in San Diego, which runs through this upcoming season. As for one of the reasons Rivers doesn’t want to commit beyond 2015: the Chargers’ potential move to Los Angeles.

“What we’ve established here with my growing family is hard to recreate,” Rivers said. “It’s hard to up and recreate that. I know that moves are part of life. But that certainly is fair to say that (not being sold on moving to Los Angeles) is part of it. The good thing is I’m not under contract in a year where we’d potentially be in Los Angeles.”

This isn’t surprising to read. Los Angeles is currently viewed as public enemy number one in the eyes of Bolts fans in San Diego, a place where Rivers has spent his entire 11-year career. There’s a sense of loyalty Rivers has to the city, the fans and most importantly, his family.

Bolo ties may not be popular in L.A., but fierce competitors are. Perhaps Rivers will have a change of heart if rampant speculation becomes reality.

 

Player information courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

The Deeper Meaning Behind Bill Belichick’s Press Conference

Bill Belichick’s impromptu Saturday press conference was about more than just PSI’s, atmospheric conditions or My Cousin Vinny references.

Eight days before Super Bowl XLIX, it was a rallying cry.

The past week has been a nightmare for Belichick. Hours after beating the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 to win his sixth AFC title, allegations arose that the Patriots used underinflated footballs in that game, and—just like Spygate—cheated. Boy, did the media pounce.

Belichick was grilled relentlessly at his Thursday press conference. Shortly after, his quarterback’s presser turned into an over-the-top interrogation.

The work and preparation his players and coaching staff put into the 2014 season was being flippantly dismissed.

On Saturday, the man of few words suddenly had plenty. Belichick struck back with an honest, refreshing assessment of what he thinks happened with the footballs on that damp New England night. But buried in the technical jargon was a message to his players:

It’s us against the world. Again.

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Redskins Fans Should Use Context Before Bashing Joe Barry

January 20, 2015 Daily Content Comments Off

The Washington Redskins hired San Diego Chargers linebackers coach Joe Barry as their new defensive coordinator on Tuesday and judging by the reaction on social media, a majority of fans are not pleased.

Why is that?

Those who don’t know much about someone will tend to cling to that person’s greatest accomplishment or failure as a starting point from which to judge. In the eyes of Redskins faithful, Barry’s greatest perceived failure is so glaring that his accomplishments are seemingly meaningless.

Forget that he has 10 years of NFL coaching experience or that he helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win a Super Bowl as linebackers coach. Barry will forever be known as the defensive coordinator for the only team in NFL history to go 0-16, the 2008 Detroit Lions.

That’s a difficult label to shake, no doubt. That season, Barry’s defense gave up 6,470 yards and 517 points, the second-most ever.

But how convenient, lazy even, is it to judge a football coach off of 16 games, without context?

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