Morning Links: Learning how to finish

SAN DIEGO -- Good Morning. Michael Lev of the Orange County Register dives into the San Diego Chargers’ struggles in finishing games. Five of the team’s six losses have been by eight points or fewer. Lev: “At least four times this season, San Diego has been in position to win but failed to put its opponent away. As a result, the 4-6 Chargers are on the outside looking in at the AFC playoff race. They’re still alive, one of eight teams within a game of the conference’s sixth and final postseason berth. Snatching it will require finishing strong, something the Chargers have yet to prove they can do on a consistent basis.”

Former Chargers coach Don Coryell was announced as one of the 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In this ESPN Insider piece,Insider draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. breaks down the top college prospects, ranking them by position. Kiper provides some good info here.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego writes that outside linebacker Jarret Johnson had surgery on his left hand and will be out indefinitely.

Chargers executive vice president of football operations John Spanos breaks down San Diego’s upcoming opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs, in this video.

Bill Barnwell of Grantland examines the decline of the running game in the NFL, noting that through Week 11 this has been the most-pass happy season in league history. Interesting read, although I think it’s a bit exaggerated. Teams still have to run the ball effectively to be efficient in the pass game. How you statistically measure an effective running game is up for debate.

Former sports agent Joel Corry writing for CBS Sports calculates franchise tag projections for 2014 for each position.

Check out power running back Tony Picard at White Swan High in Washington State in this video. At 6-foot-4 and nearly 400 pounds he can still move.

Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report provides some perspective on how the NFL’s plan for the first openly gay player unraveled this past offseason.