Morning links: Gates voted team captain

Good morning. Ricky Henne of Chargers.com writes that tight end Antonio Gates was voted a co-captain on offense, replacing center Nick Hardwick, who was placed on the season-ending injured reserve with a neck injury.

"Any time you become a captain in this league it’s an absolute honor," Gates said. "It’s weird and ironic because I’ve never not seen myself as a captain. This is one of those things where Nick and Philip are more vocal and do more speaking in front of the team. To me, my leadership comes from what I do, how I do it and how I go about being a pro. So it’s a tricky deal, because I’ve always been a part of whatever decisions Philip and Nick made. So it’s really a change in title only."

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego writes that Gates' toughness was on display in a Week 1 loss at Arizona.

All of the ESPN NFL experts pick the Seahawks to win against the Chargers in Week 2.

Bucky Brooks of NFL.com believes Philip Rivers could be in for a long day on Sunday matching up against the Legion of Boom.

Matt Bowen of Bleacher Report details how the Seahawks can use Percy Harvin to create one-on-one matchups they want to exploit.

Kyle Posey of Bolts from the Blue says don’t panic, offering solutions to problems the Chargers had against Arizona in Week 1.

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

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times writes that Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is working on sharing the wealth and having balance in Seattle’s offense.

Brady Henderson of ESPN 710 Seattle reports that Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell is ready for teams to continue to come his way.

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com discusses how Seattle unleashes Harvin on the jet sweep.