Chargers DC John Pagano calls Denzel Perryman a difference-maker

Good morning.

San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano talked with Judson Richards of Xtra 1360 Fox Sport radio in this audio link.

Pagano said he was pleased to hear the Chargers were keeping him and most of the defensive staff.

"We’ve all heard the saying that there are two kinds of coaches -- those that have been fired and those that are going to get fired," Pagano said. "It’s part of the business. It’s something that you sign up for. It doesn’t change how you do things. The big thing is, you keep that focus and you keep preparing, keep trying to do those things to get us those victories. Bottom line is it’s about wins and losses. This year was unacceptable and not good enough."

Pagano said he intends to build on the momentum created by how well his young defense played in the last six games of the season. He pointed to rookie inside linebacker Denzel Perryman as the catalyst to San Diego’s improvement on defense when the Chargers placed him in the starting lineup six weeks ago.

"A guy like that who can find the football and go make plays was big for our defense," Pagano said. "He’s a damn good football player and a great pro. He’s somebody who’s learning and is going to get a lot better."

My take: The Chargers were more consistent with Perryman in the lineup, but they still have to do a better job of stopping the run, limiting big plays and creating turnovers.

ESPN NFL Nation Rams reporter Nick Waggoner offers some details from the team’s 29-page relocation application filed to the NFL in an effort to move to L.A. In the document, the Rams argue that of the three teams vying to move to Los Angeles, they are the overwhelming favorite of NFL fans in the city, citing a variety of formal and informal polls. Those polls also indicate a preference for Inglewood as the stadium site.

My take: The Rams have been losing the PR battle to the Chargers and Raiders. Leaking the relocation application appears to be an effort to by the Rams to swing momentum their way heading into next week’s NFL owners meetings in Houston.

Nick Canepa of The San Diego Union-Tribune says the Chargers can’t sell Mike McCoy in L.A., and wonders if the team believes they might be stuck in San Diego by retaining their head coach.

My take: Keeping McCoy around provides continuity, but they could always shift gears if NFL owners green-light the team’s move to Los Angeles.

Michael Gehlken of The San Diego Union-Tribune writes that the Chargers are in the running to coach the Senior Bowl at the end of this month.

My take: We’ll see if McCoy can fill out his staff in time for the game on Jan. 30.