Chargers could take new approach

Philip Rivers is putting a positive spin on a bad situation.

After years of being considered a preseason Super Bowl favorite that never materialized, Rivers is hoping the Chargers can fly under the radar this year after a disappointing non-playoff season in 2010.

“This offseason might be good for us,” Rivers told NFL Network. “There’s always been a lot of hype surrounding our team, whether it be people picking us to go to the Super Bowl or talking about how talented we are. That’s all kind of gone away. We ought to be humbled and hungry and ready to get back out there.”

Rivers might be onto something. The Chargers have had to deal with big expectations for years. Now, after going 9-7, perhaps playing the role of a desperate team will serve San Diego well.

In other AFC West nuggets:

The Chargers are no longer offering a minority share of the team.

The autobiography of Denver second-year quarterback Tim Tebow debuted at No. 6 on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Oakland backup receiver Nick Miller is working with the NFL’s elite receivers in Arizona in an attempt to improve his game.