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Morning links: Do Bolts have 'it' factor?

Good morning. Bill Barnwell of Grantland delves into an interesting topic this morning -- the "it" factor. Barnwell explores what exactly the "it" factor is and which players in the NFL have it.

According to his research, 46 quarterbacks have been mentioned to have the "it" factor currently in the NFL, including San Diego Chargers signal-caller Philip Rivers. Barnwell explains the "it" factor this way:

“As you might expect, the It Factor is also often code for ‘This guy is winning more than his skills say he should,’ because we are somehow still in the habit of assigning wins and losses to quarterbacks here in 2014. It’s often ascribed to some sort of knowledge of how to win, like there’s a secret formula to winning that requires you to do some Dan Brown cryptography work to outscore the opposition.”

Chargers safety Eric Weddle is the No. 33-ranked player on defense in this year’s #NFLRank. According to ESPN Stats & Info, over the last three seasons Weddle is the only player in the NFL to record at least 250 tackles and 12 interceptions.

Matt Claassen of Pro Football Focus writes that Johnnie Troutman struggled in the run game against the 49ers.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com provides a scouting report on the San Diego-Arizona matchup.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego writes that cornerback Richard Marshall is picking up a new position -- safety.

Kyle Posey of Bolts from the Blue takes a closer look at San Diego’s impressive performance against San Francisco.

Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports predicts the Chargers will finish 9-7 this season.

Darren Smith of The Mighty 1090 AM radio talks with Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network about the Chargers in this audio link.