DAILY LINKS: San Diego Chargers begin head coach interviews

Chargers begin head coach interviews, now head East – San Diego Union-Tribune
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith was in San Diego on Thursday to interview for the Chargers’ head coach position.

It was a start.

To continue the interview process, the team now must head east.

A four-man interview team led by Chargers President of Football Operations John Spanos is scheduled to travel to Rhode Island today, a source said. There, the team will meet today with Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott (age 42). The location was arranged so the team also can sit down with Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, 42, as part of a packed weekend.

REPORT: Chargers to Interview Bills Interim Head Coach Anthony Lynn – Bolts from the Blue
Lynn took over for the final game of the 2016 season for the Bills after the team fired Rex Ryan. Prior to the firing, Lynn was the offensive coordinator for 14 games following the departure of Greg Roman.

Lynn has been coaching in the NFL since 2000. Where he got his start with the Denver Broncos. Lynn then worked as a running backs coach for the Jaguars, Cowboys, Jets, and Bills.

VIDEO: BR’s Chargers Head Coach Candidates
Former Chargers linebacker Billy Ray Smith weighs in on who he’d like the Chargers to select as their new head coach.

Former NFL doctor gets probation in Junior Seau case – USA Today
In the months before his suicide in 2012, former NFL linebacker Junior Seau didn’t receive proper care from his doctor, David Chao, according to a case filed against Chao last year by the California state medical board.

The board accused Chao of gross negligence. Chao’s attorney fought back. And now the two sides have reached a settlement: The former San Diego Chargers team doctor will be placed on probation for four years and will not be allowed to prescribe the drug Ambien during that time as part of the settlement and disciplinary order related to his treatment of Seau, a Pro Football Hall of Famer.

AUDIO: Kevin Acee Gives Explanation On Former Chargers Team Physician Dr. David Chao’s Legacy
Kevin Acee takes a segment to explain and defend the legacy of former Chargers team physician Dr. David Chao.

Bosa named AFC Rookie of the Month – ProFootballTalk
Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa has been named the AFC Rookie of the Month for December, his second rookie of the month award this season.

AUDIO: Vincent Bonsignore On Raiders To Vegas & Why It Helps The Chargers In SD
Daily News Vincent Bonsignore on why the NFL owners are in favor of the Raiders to Las Vegas, their disinterest in Los Angeles and why sentiment is swaying towards the Chargers staying in San Diego.

With deadline looming, San Diego faces heavy lift to keep Chargers – ESPN
“The building that is going to be built in L.A. is going to be spectacular, which will attract a lot of fans and a lot of money,” said sports business consultant Marc Ganis, who works closely with the NFL on relocation issues. “The building that would be built in San Diego would be more of a basic, open-air football stadium — a lot better than the Q [Qualcomm Stadium], but still a basic, open-air football stadium. That means the team has to be the total draw, not the building, where in Inglewood the building will be more of a draw.”

AUDIO: Lorenzo Neal: “I Got To Be On The Field With Greatness”
Charger great Lorenzo Neal joined Scott and BR to talk about Ladainian Tomlinson being named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the chances he gives the Raiders of beating the Texans with Connor Cook at QB.

VIDEO: Hunter Henry Reflects On His Rookie Season & The Great Antonio Gates
Chargers rookie tight end Hunter Henry reflects on his rookie season, in which he lead all NFL tight ends with eight receiving touchdowns and playing along the great Antonio Gates.

The Padres traded Anthony Rizzo to the Cubs for Andrew Cashner five years ago – Gaslamp Ball
Five years have passed since Padres general manager Josh Byrnes pulled the trigger on what already goes down as one of the worst trades in team history. Barely two months into his tenure, Byrnes sent hard-hitting 22-year-old first baseman Anthony Rizzo to his predecessor, Cubs GM Jed Hoyer, who had a long history with Rizzo.

Not only had Hoyer acquired Rizzo for the Padres in the late-2010 trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez to Boston, he was previously instrumental in the Red Sox selecting Rizzo in the sixth round of the 2007 draft, back during Hoyer’s first stint serving under Theo Epstein. In exchange for Rizzo and the Padres’ 2010 third-rounder, starting pitcher Zach Cates, San Diego received 25-year-old relief pitcher Andrew Cashner and slap-hitting A-ball outfielder Kyung-Min Na. History will recall the deal as a one-for-one swap, and essentially it was; both Cates and Na retired without having reached the majors.

PODCAST: Gulls In Flight S2E16: Stefan Noesen LIVE At Banzai!
A great crowd of Gulls fans joined B.J. MacPherson and Craig Elsten on Wednesday, January 4, as we hashed over the Gulls’ four-game points streak, and the latest edition of Ups and Downs, with Brandon Montour getting a long-awaited call-up to the NHL Anaheim Ducks. Then, we were joined for a terrific, funny and candid conversation by the top-line starting center of the San Diego Gulls, Stefan Noesen.

Kyle Korver Just Put the Cavs Closer to a Back-to-Back Title – The Ringer
The Cavaliers have agreed to a deal with the Hawks that would send Kyle Korver to Cleveland for the Cavs’ 2019 first-round pick and Mike Dunleavy Jr., according to The Vertical. Because the Cavs are well over the cap, we can assume they’re using the Anderson Varejao trade exception to absorb Korver’s deal.


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