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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  • michael

    ..agreed….but only if we have an O-line that will BLOCK

    • Ernie Padaon

      i believe it will come… still plenty of time

  • Stefanie Smith

    Slightly off the subject: Wonder why no one has picked up Vollmer and/or Pollard.

    • Ernie Padaon

      the longer it takes, the cheaper it can get. let em sit! Vollmer was probably waiting to see what Long got to try and get a deal around the same thing.

    • JoseSD

      Vollmer, Andre Smith and Jake Long are all represented by the same agency. They had to wait for Long to set the market and now that he’s signed with the Rams it won’t be long until Vollmer is off the market

  • JoseSD

    I hated that about Norv whenever something was working well on offense he tried to get cute and call a play to catch the defense by surprise but most times it would backfire or result in incomplete passes and kill the momentum

    • Ernie Padaon

      OMG!!! you and me both! I would go nuts!!! Ryan would actually look like he was picking up steam and then he would just throw in Ronnie Brown or Jackie Battle in… just cuz it was some sort of genius move to him.

      • JoseSD

        For an offensive genius Norv really knew how to kill a drive

      • Pels04

        Just like when Norv was only giving Mathews touches between the 30′s. I cant remember what game it was but Mathews was averaging like 8 yds/carry and as soon as we would get to the 30 he would sit him, and as you all know, we’d end up kicking a FG. Drove me freaking nuts

        • Ernie Padaon

          vintage norval

    • Pete Spinning

      You guys are killin’ me, cuz it’s so true!!! “Mathews just got 8 yards on the first two carries… let’s run McClain up the middle, for no gain, just to be fancy”.
      On another note, I read that Woodhead has similar numbers to what Darren Sproles had early on.. except Woodhead’s numbers are better than Sproles were at this stage of his career. Anyone think he could fill that void in the same way.. or better?

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I’m hoping Rivers still has the accuracy to throw to small moving targets, you can’t lob the little guys the ball ever. Last year he struggled to hit any of our smaller receivers in stride so I hope that was more of being in a rush because of the O-line and not PR’s accuracy. He was good at it with Sproles so lets see if he can figure out that part of the game again.

    • Pels04

      Me too man. I think once he gets comfortable with the new OL he will settle down, return to old from and get his swag back.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        I hope so, I wanna see DA have like 14 TD’s that would be sick