Tightening the Bolts. OFFENSE Edition

The Chargers impressed by coming away with the “big W” in “big D” on Sunday. There were many bright spots, and some less assuring. I believe that Week 3 @ Arizona will be the real test of depth chart talent and will give us our final shot to tighten up our starting roster.

This is the way I’m seeing it.
Quarterback – Rivers is unstoppable and there is no question about his leadership or talent. He makes smart decisions and should flourish with his favorite weapons back in the game this season. Bottom line, good luck stopping Rivers in 2011!

Running BackRyan Mathews was running hard on Sunday and you could tell that he wants to prove his worth. He was hitting the holes hard and as he gets more game reps he will become more comfortable back there and should produce great numbers. Mike Tolbert is an exceptional short yardage back, although he needs to work on his ball security a bit. (Not just based off his fumble in Dallas. I’m basing off 2010 as well.) We only averaged 3.5 YPC against Dallas this week while they averaged 5.5 YPC. Dallas is middle of the pack for rush defense and ranked 16th in the league last season. Overall I feel that if our backs stay healthy, we could be looking at a 1000+ yard season for Mathews and 500+ for Tolbert. Jordan Todman will add a whole new aspect to our run game and will be a viable replacement for Darren Sproles. He is short and shifty with great speed and great hands. He can run it up the gut or beat you to the sideline. He is one Rookie that teams should fear. Bottom line here is BALL SECURITY, BALL SECURITY, BALL SECURITY!

Wide ReceiverVincent Jackson is unstoppable! Plain and simple. I don’t feel a tough match-up for him by any corner in the league. I mean, the guy put up solid numbers his past 3 outings against Nnamdi Asomugha (who is looked at largely as the best in the league along with Darrelle Revis). Malcolm Floyd is a solid target who can go up and fight for the ball. My point of view on Malcom is different from most others in the sense that I believe he makes as many spectacular catches as he has drops! The guy practices well, but I don’t feel he has that same gameday swagger that you need to succeed as a top NFL wideout. Patrick Crayton is an amazing slot receiver and adds a perfect 3rd down target for Rivers. He is awesome after the catch and can find beat defenders. Gates is the ultimate tight end dream target. He makes 1 hand snags like it’s “no big thing”, and is too speedy for linebackers and too big for defensive backs. Seyi Ajirotutu is my dark horse this season. This guy is one of my favorite guys to watch and he should have his opportunity to shine with Crayton and Floyd both banged up. In depth we have guys like Rookie Vincent Brown,Bryan Walters, Richard Goodman, Travon Patterson, Kelley Washington, Laurent Robinson, Marcus Cannon, and Cameron Kenney who are all viable depth chart options. Bottom line, our Wide Receiver core is stout to say the least.

Offensive Line – The offensive line for the Chargers has looked decent thus far through the preseason. We are definitely glad to have Marcus McNeil back for the 2011 season but it’s nice to know that we have some solid depth players in Tyronne Green, Brandyn Dombrowski, Scott Mruczkowski, as well as Rookies Steve Schilling and Bo Thran. Kris Dielman, Nick Hardwick, Louis Vasquez and Jeromey Clary look to hold down the fort as seasoned Vets. Bottom line, barring injury our line will be very solid and should assist our run game enough to return it to the elite level.

Just my take on our offense at the moment. What are your feelings and where do you think we need the most help offensively? Leave a comment with your reasoning for your vote because we LOVE all the input and opinions!

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  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    what if i wanted to select more than one on the poll? sometimes the playcalling is a little questionable. the line is good in pass protection, but need to open up more holes running the ball. the runningbacks need to hold onto the ball and make plays.

    i know its overly critical of an offense that will put points on the board. We do need to help the defense out by eating up clock and by limiting turnovers. that will be the most important thing for us

  • PaulMaland

    Well lets just leave the vote to the most important component in your opinion. I definitely agree with you about the play calling and clock management without a doubt. If we can learn how to get off to a fast start in season and play good ball in the first half, we could definitely use those skills. Seems like every game 2nd half rivers is throwing his arm off trying to catch up or sustain a lead.

  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    based off the early votes, it seems that people are not sure about the running game! i hope ryan KILLS it!

  • PaulMaland

    That’s my one hope for our team right now is that Mathews gains some traction. But the bright side of the matter is that if for some reason he doesn’t, Jordan Todman is pressing to get more and more reps! If he keeps running hard like he did on Sunday and stays patient to let holes develop, he will be a beast. One thing that nobody can take away from Ryan is his “do anything I can to stay upright” mentality! He fights for every yard.