Morning Links: No clear choice

Good morning. Bill Barnwell of Grantland gives Chargers coach Mike McCoy a pass on not going for it on fourth down at the 1-yard line at the end of regulation to try and win the game at Washington.

“Personally, I don't see anything in the numbers to make me think the Chargers' chances of success on the conversion are notably higher or lower than 49 or 50 percent. In other words, I think McCoy is well within the margin of error regardless of what he decided. If you believe that every play is entirely independent and that the context doesn't make it harder to succeed on offense, you'll probably think McCoy should have gone for it. And if you believe that Washington had proven it could stop the Chargers on the first three plays and that you should try to give your team a chance to win on a less stressful play in overtime, you'll argue that McCoy should have kicked.

“So, while it's easy with hindsight to suggest McCoy should have tried to win the game in regulation, I don't think it's really all that clear whether he should have done so."

Michael Wilbon on ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" said San Diego was guilty of the dumbest play calling in the history of the NFL play on the final three plays at the 1-yard line. The conversation begins at the 14-minute mark. Maybe a bit of hyperbole here.

In his weekly QB Watch, ESPN's Kevin Seifert had this to say about Philip Rivers' performance against Washington: “Rivers has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 12 consecutive games, but it was his failure to connect on two passes from the 1-yard line late in regulation that cost the San Diego Chargers the game."

Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus takes a look back at the Chargers' loss against Washington. He says offensive guard Johnnie Troutman struggled in pass protection against nose tackle Barry Cofield, but remains solid as a run blocker.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com says San Diego is focused on getting back on track after the team's loss.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego writes that McCoy said his team just didn't finish the game against Washington.

Darren Smith of The Mighty 1090 AM radio talks with former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson about San Diego's decision-making from a yard out in this audio link. LT said he didn't have an issue with the Chargers giving Rivers an opportunity to make a play because San Diego could not control the line of scrimmage at the end of the game.

ESPN's Ashley Fox says that if Denver's defense doesn't step up, the Broncos will have a tough time making a deep playoff run.

More Elsayed: Keenan Allen moves up into his top 10 for rookie of the year at No. 7, bumping out teammate D.J. Fluker.