Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs for a first down against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

That San Diego Chargers Running Game…


The San Diego Chargers could be putting extra focus on the running game in the coming season. With teams around the league focused on stopping the high flying passers in the game, they could get caught off guard with the running attack. The team’s in the AFC West showed their focus in on stopping the pass by taking corners and pass rushers in the draft. Even the Chargers drafted those types of players. That is what the league is trending toward at the moment, but it could leave teams a little softer against the running game.

One great way to keep Philip Rivers healthy and standing for the whole season is by feeding the rock to his running backs. The way the Chargers controlled the clock on offense was by getting the ball to his running backs. The team already wants to get Ladarius Green more time on offense and that could just open up the running game even more. With a pair of pass catching tight ends in the game, teams will not know which personnel to put on the field to slow down the Chargers offense. Philip Rivers will have his options on how he would like to pick apart defenses.

I think the Chargers have a group that can lead the league in the rushing game. The team is committed to moving the football on the ground and has the big men up front to dominate in that fashion. The team has solid depth at the running back position and the team has a solid group of receivers that are willing to help blocking down the field.

Tags: Donald Brown Ryan Mathews San Diego Chargers

  • Gabe

    Just signed another OG. Craig Watts

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      another big man up front to help dominate in the running game

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        But is a big man to rid the Chargers of Jeromy Clary?

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          it is possible… but I still don’t see it. Why would we cut a guy when we don’t need to at this point. We would save money, but what would it bring us back? Unless there is someone for us to sign, there is no reason to cut him. He brings depth up front and can start at guard. I am not a huge fan of Clary, but he has his value.

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            I agree but his value is way more than the value of his check. That’s really my only bicker. I actually want him on the team just not for the money he’s making.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            i hear the money issue… it is dumb that he makes that much money, but until there is someone to give that money to, they might as well just keep him around

          • rickochey

            so who and what would be our 2nd string o-line? ohmberger? Watt, watt, (fluker king)??

          • Julien Bélair

            there will be some cuts before june first so if we want a player that will get cut we could cut clary to grab him

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Or save it.

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            me too.

          • Tazzster

            Exactly…. well said.

            As many injuries as the O-line hasd last year, its good to have a depth of experienced lineman on the roster

          • arnie

            Clary only missed one game and he finished the game he was injured in.
            Regardless, context, the contract is not a reflection of his current position or value. Telesco needed bodies and Clary was under contract then beat everyone for the starting RG position.

          • jimbojangles

            He’s not horrible but he’s not great either. The new regime in TT and McCoy are stuck with a tough decision. It’s not as if he doesn’t bring anything to the table. Yes, overpaid by a long shot, but at least you know what you’re getting with Clary. Not a huge fan of the guy, but come December, should a playoff run be in store, having veteran o-line depth could be very beneficial.

            If we do cut Clary, what or who do we spend that cap space money on? Do you think TT has something in mind?

      • tonyloc1970 .

        A question off topic a bit. I read a article that showed all the Charger players that restructured their contracts. It said Clary opted not to restructure. Did the Chargers ask him to restructure his contract with him declining?

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          I caught that too.

          • arnie

            Bleacher report… Careful about that, I couldn’t find anything that said if he did or didn’t.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            I don’t need to be careful… Clary does.

          • Daryl Peek

            Actually you do. As Acee often has said, the FO and MCCoy really like Clary and his versatility. The thirst for his exit by fans is something not likely to happen.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Weren’t you the same guy who said Rivers was washed up, and should be traded last year? Sounds like you haven’t the slightest clue, personally.

          • Daryl Peek

            Hmm? Seems i touched a nerve? I did question Rivers but never said he was washed up. I also said RM24 was worth something when most clamored for his ouster. I in turn ate my crow over questioning PR. Why the anger over me stating the obvious on Clary and how Acee, continues to say Clary is safe? How do you get to me shipping Gates off? You’re taking this really personal mayne?!?

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Nah.. I just get tired of the backtracking… And bringing up Acee as a “credible source” is like reading one of his articles… or one of his cheap suits.

          • Daryl Peek

            Mike McCoy said the return to practice of starting right guard Jerome Clary provides some much-needed depth to his unit.

            “It’s great to have him back out there because he’s one of the leaders on the front up there,” McCoy said. “He’s very vocal. He helps D.J. (Fluker) a lot communication-wise and everything, so it’s good to have him back out there.” –Eric D. Williams | ESPN. com 10/03/13

            It’s not just Acee man, and McCoy is on record saying stuff like this consistently.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Are you serious? Bwahaha.. DJ Fluker is taking lessons from “Jerome” (couldn’t even spell his name right?) Trust me.. Clary is lucky as a duck to even ne on that line… worst offensive player in 2013… paid more than all the other guys combined… care to address that? Just because McCoy spouts off at the mouth about how good Clary is, will never make me forget that he is garbage.com

          • arnie

            As a veteran, Fluker can learn a lot form Clary. Fluker is more talented, but that means very little when it comes to playing in the NFL, studying the play book, breaking down opponents on film, or just knowing you way around. Clary’s knowledge is valuable to a young player.
            As far as Acee goes, forget him. I was at camp last season, remember?

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            That’s one expensive tutor.. because he is an AWFUL lineman… like stupid, dumb, idiotic kind of expensive. I wasn’t at camp, and I might not write for the UT… but I have this thing called a TV. He sucks. And, no amount of speculation, or excuses will ever convince me that he deserves that money, while other guys on the team renegotiated. Plain and simple. It’s bordering extortion, and is bordering the Meachem deal, to me. Low production… tons of money.

          • arnie

            I’m not claiming he’s the best, or good. There are no excuses either. Just the facts. The money he’s getting paid has nothing to do with the circumstances at hand. Clary was offered a contract, under different circumstance, by a different GM, to play a different position. Telesco, strapped for cap space, needed bodies, Clary was under contract, was asked to move over, competed and became the new RG.
            At the end of the day, if Clary is so “horrible” what does that say about the other Guards he beat in camp? What you saw on TV was the best RG the Chargers had.
            The truth is I want the Chargers to win, “more” than I want Clary gone. If Clary is an asset to this team, and helps more in the win department, i could care less what his pay or play is like. competition and time will take care of Clary. The Reality, Telesco an McCoy seem to be thinking the same way and that’s all that matters.

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            I’m just happy the starting 5 are coming back…I know Rivers is very happy.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            The thirst for Clary leaving. . what a joke. .. yet the same people say Rivers and Gates should be traded… and Clary is making the same kind of money!!!! What a sad state of affairs… Clary is a horrible right tackle, and an even more horrible right guard… PFF rated him as our worst offensive player… but you would sponsor putting two elite players like Rivers and Gates on the street. . Laughable.

          • Robert Fairbanks

            Only Gates should be traded, if you trade Rivers then you better hope Sorensen is ready. I know you were just joking, so I took it a bit further. I would trade some of Rivers spectacular numbers for more wins and a longer tenure in the playoffs.

          • arnie

            Rumors. What’s going to happen to Clary is going to happen. He’s not stupid. “IF” they asked him, he has nothing to gain by taking less money. T&M have nothing to gain buy cutting him.

    • tubbs45

      Watts on the interior… watt watt

  • tubbs45

    ready to lay down some new pavement… Im fine with commitment to the running game, but it still must be a balanced attack!
    http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj69/Mafee6/thdie.gif

    • Diegoblue

      And it will be with Frank Reich as the OC

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    We better get ready for the new era of Donald Brown

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i dont want to

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        Right? If Matthews doesn’t have a great season I don’t see Telesco resigning him. I don’t see many options where Matthews stays on the team. Brown is going to be there so you have Matthews and Brown with Woody again with one of the youngins? Maybe. Or Brown, Woodhead, and another one the rookies? Seems more sensible financially. Telesco’s guy runs the show and he has the versatility of Woodhead with a young guy in the back grooming.

        • Anthony95

          I think Mathews gets resigned if he produces and stays healthy (big if). The market for RBs isn’t that solid with the league going more and more pass heavy, so his contract will be doable especially with SD finally in a great cap situation in 2015. Brown is a nice complement/back-up player so I think the guy who isn’t on the team in 2015 is Woodhead as Grice can fill his role.

          I see Brown being gone in 2016 or 2017 as he will hit 30 and SD will field Mathews, Grice, + 2-3 other guys as the youth movement continues.

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            I can see that. I know Woody was instrumental last year but if Grice can replace him younger, better, faster, stronger (excuse the Daft Punk reference) has always been the theme of the NFL. I only think Brown is going to be starting is because of his contract. This guy is getting paid like a starter. I think there’s only 2 other backups that get paid close to he does. If he came to SD and got paid like a backup I wouldn’t make a point about it but when you’re getting paid like 10 mil for 3 or 4 years, I can’t remember off the top of my head, that’s not something you can ignore. That’s like us bringing in Blaine Gabbert, God forbid, and paying him nearly as much as Rivers. And then to top it off he was a Colt that Telesco drafted. He’s Telesco’s kind of guy. Not that Matthews isn’t but he never asked for Matthews. I can’t look past that.

          • arnie

            Telesco gave RM24 the tools to be successful, the rest was up to Ryan. He produced. Telesco rewards players that produce. Only money, health production and if Ryan wants to stay will keep him hear.

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            But who’s to say those tools weren’t for Brown? Running backs’ value decreases around the time when they turn 27 and guess how old Mathews will be in October. Brown is already there but he’s already been signed and he’s already got the support of the GM.

          • powderBLUE801

            Brown Is the same age isn’t he?

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            A year old but I’m making the case that his fate is already sealed with the team because he has a contract and the full support of the GM. I don’t think Mathews has that.

          • powderBLUE801

            True and Mathews was in the aj smith era. Trust me I just don’t have the faith that Mathews will even be a RB that can hold up thru one season with a post season. That alone will seal his fate. IMO

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            Exactly. I hope we keep him next year. I like him on the team. I just don’t know if he’ll hold up physically nor do I think he’s a Telesco kind of guy.

          • powderBLUE801

            I really hope he proves me wrong and can stay healthy without going down in the post season. And he still needs to prove to me that he can hold on to the football. If we need to address the RB position next year I’m sure we will since the top RB don’t go until the 2nd round now days anyway. Lol

          • arnie

            Telesco has never given me the impression what he does isn’t for the benefit of the football team. More or less for the players he has on the roster, right now.

            They are on record, “…they are going to play the best 53…” I understand what you’re saying, TT isn’t stupid, or live under rock. He knew DB would be a FA this season, but trying to build an O-line for a guy that wasn’t here and had no guarantee he would be able to sign him? That is stretch. What we do know, they also stated, “…we are going to continue to turnover the roster…” That goes right back to the best 53, and says to me it’s competition to be a starter. T&M are rebuilding the o-line protect Rivers and run the football. RM24, DB, Woody, Grice…..it doesn’t matter.

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            Don’t believe that “best 53″ or “best 11″ rhetoric. It’s political. Ryan Carrethers is a better pure NT than Lissemore but Sean is going to get the starting job. Clary played poorly early last year but he was still in the starting lineup at the beginning and end of the preseason. Attaochu could go into camp and outplay Johnson or Freeney but there is no way in hell he’s getting more reps than them in the beginning of the season. It’s not that far-fetched as it sounds. NFL teams tamper all the time because it’s like slander. You can’t really prove it so it’s easy to get away with. Now I’m not saying that Telesco built the O-line simply because he wanted Brown. That is a stretch. But the O-line needed to be reconstructed and Telesco knew that he could get the back that he drafted to put behind it.

          • arnie

            What I believe is coaches make decisions, and those decisions are slanted. Experienced players will always have the edge, unless a younger player clearly out performs the veteran. If there is any doubt in the coaches mind, the Vet will get the start. That isn’t rhetoric, or politics, just the truth.
            As far Brown goes, Telesco seems to like “ALL” the colts players he drafted. Why shouldn’t he? He knows them. It still comes down to this, you believing TT knew he could get Brown, and TT believing he could get Brown are two different things. The reality, Telesco doesn’t make habit of not covering his all his bases. The Chargers can’t afford to watch Mathews leave and not have a plan B.

          • powderBLUE801

            I just have a feeling that RM24 will be gone after this season. And ultimately out of the NFL in 3 years. Call me crazy but RB are a dime a dozen now days and I just don’t see RM24 staying healthy. He has been hurt since college with the exception of last year. IMO

        • Bolt2424

          Chargers hopped on R.Matthews back on their playoff run. He was the bell cow, when he was injured the offense did not move the ball the same. I believe R. Brown and Grice are more of a replacement for Woodhead then Matthews. That is if Matthews stays healthy. I love Woodhead, but believe he is more replaceable then Matthews, especially after watching Grice highlights, the dude can catch the ball just as well as he runs it.

    • tubbs45

      No thanks!!! I hear what your saying, just hoping that isn’t the case. Hopefully RM realizes he got a good thing going with plenty if support backs!

  • Derek

    Yeah we’re planning to run a lot next season. Ugh not looking forward to the comparisons of Phillip rivers to Alex smith

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      ugh… that would be a terrible comparison, but if we are running the ball that much, then we must be doing a lot of things right.

      • Derek

        Gonna take me a min to get used to. I hope he keeps or recieved more autonomy on the offense. I saw him tear apart a Ray Lewis ravens at the line of scrimmage, read the defense like a book

    • Me

      Rivers will still toss for over 4k yards and 30TD’s… I’m quite sure McCoy and Reich realize who Philip Rivers is, c’mon now, guy.

      • Derek

        Yeah ur right but all these rb’s and the way last yr ended. Plus look at how manning passing attempts exploded after McCoy left. I don’t think any of broncos runs were planned last season lol Peyton just omahaed out of a pass when they left the box empty

        • arnie

          True. But the Chargers still held the highest scoring offense to season lows, TWICE. And the Seahawks ran all over them. The only thing that kept us from running over the broncos, to the AFC Championship game was our lack of run game, an special teams.
          There is no comparison, rivers is just committed to do whatever it takes to win.

  • Julien Bélair

    Keep walking on their body!

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I think we are getting ready to run the ball and control the clock so much we have to have 5 RB’s to do it, when the 1st guy goes you have 4 more and just move on to the next and so on. Ultimate clock control football it’s going to change the world. lol (it would be anti-2014 air it out ball, might actually work it did last year to a point but we ran out of quality backs now we have like 4 lol)

  • Julien Bélair

    is RM24 on the trading block or what

    • Me

      What on Earth are you talking about?

      • Julien Bélair

        when you think about it it’s not that crazy but I of course want him to stay here in SD

        • arnie

          Sure way of watching Ryan leave, put him on the trading block. $$$$$ this is the only thing that will convince him to stay. However Woody may be a casualty, if Grice can fill his role on the cheap.

          • Julien Bélair

            Both could be traded right now. I wonder what are their value on the market

          • arnie

            Wondering is fine, but entertaining trading two guys, that moved the chains for you, could hurt contract talks for two guys that may want to re-sign.

        • powderBLUE801

          Wouldn’t that be nuts if we trade Mathews and brown takes his role and then we trade woodhead and grice fills that spot. I know this is a long shot but hmmm makes you think a lil. Wounder what the hit would be on the cap if we did do that or if it would even make sense money wise? But then again what would we even gain by doing this?? Probably not a lot. Lmao I’m just talking to myself.

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    Did anyone else chat with Telesco today?

  • Mark Viguri

    Very clever knowing Ryan Mathews needs to produce in his last contract yr.
    It was also clear in the playoff game vs. Broncos that after Mathews got
    injured the Bolts lacked a similar back now they have 2 with x-Colts RB Donald Brown
    and drafting Zona’s Marion Grice.

    .

    Said it before, this is probably Ryans last yr as a Charger.

    • tubbs45

      Do you think the brass would intentionally hamper Mathews touches to keep him? Just asking, not saying that you intimated it!

  • Sergio Quintero

    I have always believed early in a game you throw 60-70% of the time until you get a 2 score lead, in particular if you have a franchise QB, once you have a lead you run 60-80% of the time in the second half, football axiom “You throw to score, you run to finish a game”.

    I thought the chargers overplayed their running game in the playoffs, 6 pass first halfs with a franchise QB is blasphemy, the urgency pedal was hit way to late in the Broncos game. I’m all in for balance, but a run centric offense with a franchise QB makes no sense.

    A perfect game for me is 30 passes to 35 runs, but 20 of those throws are in the first half to get a lead.

    • arnie

      I agree. Context, they lost there top 2 WR and brown was basically ineffective. Add they were to slow to recognize Green an Tutu playmaking abilities in the passing game.
      Equals run Ryan run…..

      • Sergio Quintero

        For example their best game last year, was against the Giants, Rivers threw the ball 28 times to 37 runs, but 21 of those throws came in the first half.

        Game is a whole lot easier playing from ahead. I’m not saying they become the Saints, Broncos or Falcons, just a little more throw heavy in first halfs, then settle into ball control more as the game progresses.