Dec 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd (80) catches a pass while defended by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall (29) during the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd Is An Old Dog Learning New Tricks

San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd is learning a ton of new things with the new offensive staff in place. With Mike McCoy and Ken Whisenhunt running the offense, there will be a different style to the offensive gameplan. The deeper routes down the field will not be as prevalent and the short passing game will be used more often.

“I’m running different routes,” Floyd said. “These coaches are really working on my lateral ability, a lot of these drills this offseason, getting in and out of my breaks. It’s details like foot placement on curl routes, reprogramming my brain. … I’m 10 years old in this league, but I feel a lot better than last year. I’m very excited about this upcoming year.”

Can an old learn new tricks? He better be able to adapt quickly, because there are a lot of youngsters that are gunning for his playing time. Danario Alexander, Vincent Brown and Keenan Allen all want to get to that top spot. Floyd has been in the same type of system for the least 10 years and really

“I really wish I knew these things 10 years before,” Floyd said. “I feel like I’ve been relying so much on natural talent in the past. Now, with these new coaches, they just work my body up, these new routes and these new drills we’ve been doing. I think it’s helping our receiving corps as a whole. I feel like I’ve been running my routes more like a shorter receiver who is quick in and out of his breaks.

“I think they can mix me in now in some intermediate to short routes. … That’s good for me to come out and be able to help our team in a bigger way.”

There is already chatter about Vincent Brown splitting 1st team reps with Malcom. I love Malcom and everything he has provided to the team, but his skill set might not fit the style of offense the Chargers are trying to run. They can get good use out of him, but I can see his playing time start to dwindle as the season goes on.

(M80 quotes via UT San Diego)

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  • Rob Base

    No doubt be better step his game up a notch and stay healthy because the younger dudes are hungry and he may become the bench warmer mascot.

    • Ernie Padaon

      and they havent been sitting in an old outdated system for 10 years like him

  • tubbs45

    M80 still has gas in the tank! He does have great hands and will lay his body on the line to catch the ball… Hopefully his body can stay healthy with a good rotation of WRs…

  • Alter Ego

    Malcom in the middle. He has earned our respect. I anticipate watching him make many grabs against single coverage this year.

  • arnie

    The only thing that stands out about M80, he’s a ten year vet, who’s talents have been “wasted”. And on top of that, he’s only been able to be a #2 guy all that time.

  • Cgoodness13

    Really show what a terrible coach norv was….god we’ve had such talent on this roster over the years, and it still looks like we do. Thank you Spanos for getting your head out your ass and sending Norv and AJ packing. When was the last time you’ve seen AJ in a interview? Telesco did almost as mutch as McCoy so far. Love TT and McCoy!!!!

  • BruisingChargers

    What about Depalma and running back Hills?

  • Bill Nichols

    Shorter routes to Malcom, then let his scrambling through defenders instincts take over. With those long strides of his he ought o be able to make up some ground in a hurry. I think most of the league sees him as being a more intermediate, to longer route runner. Switch it up, get it to him 10 – 15 yards out and let him run. Can’t wait to see the new and “more coached up” Malcom. Bolt Up!!

  • miketuck

    This is what has got me going through the roof Ernie. Floyd will benefit from Brown and Alexander. Brown going down last year really hurt them. I’m seeing defensive nightmares for teams if this Oline buckles down and really forms a unit like no other in Chargers history. Rivers will have time to read the plays, set that back foot and throw like we’re use to seeing him. He tried to much last year and it cost alot of turnovers. Oline/Oline/OLine, these guys can make or break a team and Telesco has got us depth along with great starters. The key will be the balancing of the run game and the passing game to control the clock.

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Best receiving group ever! I have said this before but back then Norvas no nerve Turner ran things. McCoy in charge now! Utilize our talents and exploit their weekness. Hard Work& No Regrets. Bolting into the future!!!!

  • Nick in PB

    The new staff is really making a difference already. Maybe Mathews was right when he said it was the same stuff over and over again. I love what’s going on in camp. Maybe this time around we will actually see improvement because of what’s going on in practice! Not a stretch to say that Norv’s direction was stale and old.

  • C.Steele

    Love Malcom. Love the passion he has for the game. The excitement he is exhibiting by learning new things to improve his craft speaks to his passion and commitment to the sport. His playing time may dwindle because of the young guns, but don’t start his swan song too soon. I think he has another good 2-3 years in him. Plus if memory serves me, he signed an extremely reasonable contract extension last year. GoBolts!