• First reported by Alex Marvez of Fox Sports, I can confirm that Hank Bauer will no longer work as an analyst for the radio broadcast of San Diego Chargers’ games.
Bauer’s contract was not renewed, and a spokesperson for the team indicated that iHeartMedia decided to make a change.
Bauer, 60, spent six seasons as a running back and special-teams player for the Chargers from 1977 to 1982. Bauer has served as the team’s color commentator for radio broadcasts since 1998.
Bauer was suspended for the final preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals last season after using a Jewish stereotype during the final moments of the radio broadcast of the Chargers’ third preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers. He later apologized via Twitter.
My take: A hard-nosed player during his time in the NFL, Bauer was a link to the franchise’s past success when Don Coryell led them on the field. But with a possible move to Los Angeles looming, perhaps the Chargers are looking for a fresh perspective on the radio broadcast.
• Ricky Henne of Chargers.com writes that the wide receiver position group has a bright green sign with the words “Parking for Aliens Only” on the door. “We’re the Aliens,” Jacoby Jones said. “We’re just not human, man. Playmakers can’t be human.”
My take: With San Diego’s receiver group averaging 6-foot-2 and just over 200 pounds, Jones has a point. San Diego’s wide receiver group is unique, and one of the biggest receiver groups in the league.
• Dan McSwain of The San Diego Union-Tribune writes that local government officials in San Diego could chose to turn the page and focus on getting an expansion done for San Diego State at the Qualcomm Stadium site with the Chargers walking away from the negotiation table.
My take: It’s an interesting perspective. McSwain also notes that breaking off negotiations is a time-honored tactic, often a sign that productive bargaining is about to begin.
• Sterling Xie of Football Outsiders wonders why the Chargers didn’t run play-action more in 2014 because it created productive plays for the offense.
My take: We’ve discussed San Diego’s production on play-action plays earlier. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Rivers completed a league-high 82 percent of his play-action passes for 495 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in 2014. He was sacked just once, posting a 134.6 passer rating on play-action passes. But the Chargers ran play-action passes just 51 times last season. Rivers’ attempts in play-action were No. 30 in the NFL among qualifying quarterbacks.
The Chargers didn’t run many play-action plays last season because they struggled to run the football and did not want to leave Rivers vulnerable to taking a free shot with his back to the defense because of his back injury. But with the addition of Melvin Gordon and a healthy Danny Woodhead, the Chargers could run more play-action this season.