Dec 9, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Coach McCoy Talks About his Runningbacks

Feb 5, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead (39) is tackled by New York Giants free saftey Antrel Rolle (26) during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers head Coach Mike McCoy sees little Danny Woodhead as an option on every down.

Mike McCoy shared his opinions on Woodhead at the owner’s meetings:

“He can play on all downs for us,” McCoy said. “We’re looking to acquire as much talent as we can. Having worked with Josh McDaniels before in Denver and knowing the system they run, we’ll do some things that are similar. The things he can do in the running game and the passing game on third downs, create some mismatches on guys and use his speed and quickness to help get open and separate. There’s a lot of things he can do.” (CBS Sports)

So what does that mean for Ryan Mathews?


NOTHING. Still going to keep giving him that rock. McCoy said that Mathews will have a prominent role even with the addition of Woodhead:

Ryan’s had some bad luck with collarbones,” McCoy said. “That’s all part of the game. You can’t do anything about that. I don’t know how you strengthen your collarbones. He’s had some bad luck the past couple of years. He’s going to be a great fit for this system. Give him the ball as many times as he can carry it in a game. And get him more involved in the passing game in certain areas and certain ways.” (CBS Sports)

So it sounds like we could see both Mathews and Woodhead on the field at the same time during some sets. Keep playmakers on the field and keep riding that hot hand. If Ryan is breaking off huge chunks of yards, then keep giving him the rock and let him break off more and more chunks. Don’t try to get cute!

If Danny Woodhead and the passing attack is destroying the other team’s defense, then ride it hard all day long! We have options and either back can be in the game at any time. I really like the addition of Danny Woodhead. He will add a different dimension to this offense.

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