Morning Links: Knowing Manning

SAN DIEGO -- Good morning. Bucky Brooks of NFL.com believes the San Diego Chargers have a chance to beat the Denver Broncos for one reason -- Mike McCoy knows has an intimate knowledge of Peyton Manning’s weaknesses and the rest of that team’s personnel from working as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator for four seasons.

During McCoy’s tenure with the Broncos, he played a major role in acquiring most of the talent currently on the roster, from offering his opinions on potential draftees to studying the top free agents available each offseason. McCoy extensively studied most of Denver’s offensive players and constructed game plans around their collective strengths and weaknesses. This gives him a unique perspective on how to attack the Broncos from a tactical standpoint.

For instance, McCoy’s relationship with Manning likely featured plenty of conversations about the quarterback’s favorite plays to run in certain situations. They also undoubtedly discussed which blitzes and coverages give the veteran the most problems, and how certain tactics disrupt his rhythm in the pocket. Additionally, McCoy knows Manning’s limitations as a passer, including his underwhelming arm strength, velocity and touch on vertical throws. As a result, McCoy can advise the Chargers’ defenders on how to play against the wily veteran.

McCoy has a 73 percent fan-approval rating, according to this poll performed by U-T San Diego.

Ben Stockwell of Pro Football Focus places San Diego offensive linemen King Dunlap and Johnnie Troutman, along with safety Eric Weddle, on his All-AFC West midseason team.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com takes a closer look at this weekend’s Chargers-Broncos matchup.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego provides a scouting report on the Broncos.

ESPN's Broncos beat reporter Jeff Legwold examines the matchup between McCoy and Denver interim head coach Jack Del Rio.