October 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs past New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Will Herring (54) on a touchdown run during the third quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Chargers 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Mike McCoy's Thoughts On This Being a 2-back League

Mike McCoy jumped onto NFL Network yesterday to share his thoughts on the upcoming season and answered a lot of questions on Philip Rivers and Ryan Mathews. Here was one of the questions that stuck out during the interview:

Warren Sapp: “Do you believe that this is a 2-back league now? ”

Mike McCoy: “Without a doubt, having played against you when I was in Carolina, we always had Stephen Davis and Deshaun Foster and we just let them roll. Let them keep going and hey, when you have to tap out for a play or two, take a break. The next guy goes in and you don’t skip a beat. That’s what we plan on doing with the guys we have here this year too. ” – NFL.com

It seems that Mike McCoy has confidence in Ryan Mathews to carry the load, but he still likes the idea of using a 2-back set. Is Danny Woodhead the ideal candidate to use as the other guy? Ronnie Brown? I wouldn’t think of either of them as backs that are capable of splitting carries.

This will give some fans even more reason to believe that we could make a run for Willis McGahee or Michael Turner in free agency. Mathews teamed up with one of those guys would be a much better 2-back rotation and then sprinkle in a little of Danny Woodhead in different situations.

I think it would be a good idea for the Bolts to bring in another back. It wouldn’t hurt to have a little insurance on the roster.

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  • tubbs45

    Mathews, McGahee, Woodhead, Hill… with Gronkoski or Mclain at FB. I like the sound of that!!!!

  • arnie

    Ernie i like the idea of insurance, but the reality is the Chargers can’t afford it right now. They need to see what they have in camp and let it play out. The perfect reason would be the loss of Ingram. there is no way Freeney get’s signed before camp, if Ingram stays healthy. but rather the possibility would exist, if they decided to add a little depth to the pass rush.

    Back to the topic, i think most of us are concerned, not because the young guys behind mathews can’t play, rather we haven’t seen, nor do we know if they’ve been developed to contribute. and that’s what i like about what McCoy says. He isn’t putting it on “one” RB to make things happen. Also he’s giving an opportunity to some other RB’s to “prove they can play”, so that is what i find intriguing. will one of these young men, break out and be the next arian foster?

    • Adam

      I agree I think we need the dough for in season emergencies.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I agree with that. They need to make sure another bad injury doesn’t occur during camp, but if they get through camp without a hiccup or if Ryan goes down, I can see us picking up a cheap rental

  • Alter Ego

    Well heck, we don’t know what we don’t know. I’m sure $$$ plays a part of any roster decisions. That being said, booting someone off the roster to make room for another RB in camp is probably not as clear cut as we may perceive.

    I would love to have another proven RB to go along with our stable of guys added to the mix. A violent runner would be a nice addition. The guys I see as the best fit for us (in order of preference) :

    Willis McGahee
    Kevin Smith
    Cedric Benson
    Brandon Jacobs

    I worry about Mathews staying healthy. If his glass shoulders break again…then what? I don’t see a clear RB on our roster that can just tote the rock and go.

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Its best to see what the new guys could do and how well they could take instructions then react. Bolts have great instructors on the o-line so either of the two rookie backs will shine brighter than most will expect. No body is probably going to be LT but definitely serviceable and productive. Woohead, Mathews, Baker, Hill, McClain, sounds good to me.

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    If we could get McGahee in for cheap, I’d be all for it. As much as I like Woodhead, I don’t see him replacing Mathews if (when) he goes down. McGahee could fill in well, even at 32 years old.