Morning links: Liuget talks pass rush

Good morning. Mike Costa and Judson Richards of Xtra 1360 AM radio talked with San Diego Chargers defensive end Corey Liuget about his expectations for the 2014 season in this audio link.

Liuget talked about what the Chargers need to do defensively to become a top-10 defense in the NFL.

“We have to get to the quarterback,” Liuget said. “It’s that simple.”

And how can San Diego accomplish that?

“It’s on the front seven, if you ask me,” Liuget said. “It’s not just on one guy to have 40 sacks, and then everything will be OK. If that was the case then the offense would just send three guys his way, and the rest of us would be crap.

“So it’s going to take all seven guys up front working together to get sacks, hitting the quarterback and making tackles in the backfield. So it’s going to take the front seven to hold our defense together.”

Liuget said defensive coordinator John Pagano’s focus has been improving the effort on defense.

“His main thing is getting better each and every day,” Liuget said about Pagano. “Don’t take anything for granted, and give nothing but effort for each and every play. If you give effort for four to five seconds, four times for every period during practice, he’ll love you. It adds up to 20 seconds of just pure, insane effort.

“He just wants everything that you have that’s inside of you to come out while you’re out there practicing, so when the game situation comes, it’s easy. You’ll be able to react and play football.”

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego writes that offensive tackles King Dunlap and Michael Harris are moving past injuries that slowed them down during the 2013 season.

Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated wonders if San Diego has improved enough defensively to get back to the postseason, and give the Chargers a "C" grade in this offseason report card.

Jake Hefner of Bolts Beat interviews new San Diego cornerback Brandon Ghee, who hopes to make an impact with the Chargers.

Philip Rivers’ touchdown pass to Seyi Ajirotutu against Kansas City was selected as one of the top 100 plays of 2013 by the NFL Network. Check out the video.

Darren Smith of The Mighty 1090 talks with LaDainian Tomlinson about the Chargers in this audio link.

Jerry DiPaola of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes the obit for former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll, who died on Friday at the age of 82.