Could Malcom Floyd Be The Missing Link To A Super Bowl

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Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd (80) carries the ball during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chargers defeated the Eagles 33-30. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd (80) carries the ball during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chargers defeated the Eagles 33-30. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

We came into the 2014 offseason with question marks at the wide receiver position. With uncertainty hanging over our heads, Malcom Floyd told the world the possimpible (yes that is a Barney Stinson word): he would continue his career.

The doc said … I’m at risk just like anybody else. There’s not really a worry. … I’m feeling good. I think I feel like my old self.”

Now let’s start with the numbers since everybody loves numbers. Since coming into the league as an undrafted free agent in 2004, M80 has racked up 4,133 yards on 239 career receptions. He has 25 touchdowns and averages 17.3 yards per catch. Floyd is a big-bodied receiver at 6-5 201 lbs. Given his frame, he is the type of receiver who has success winning one-on-one jump balls, as well as being a deep threat. Floyd has 71 20+ yard catches and 15 40+ yard catches in his nine-year career.

THE DOWNSIDE

Floyd has played in 90 games in nine seasons with the Chargers, starting in 48 over that span. That averages out to 10 games a year. Floyd has only played one full 16-game season, coming in 2009, and will turn 33 years old in September. Not only will he turn 33, but Floyd said he’s “probably going to finish out this contract (through 2015), and then that’s it.”

The chargers have made the playoffs six times (2004, 06-09, 2013) during Floyd’s tenure. Unfortunately, he has played in only ONE of 10 total playoff games, making three catches for 30 yards in 2009′s 17-14 divisional loss to the New York Jets (sorry to bring up past blunders).

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  • tubbs45

    Sure he could be ***stay healthy M80!

    • tubbs45

      Let this be a defining season for M80…

  • Gunnar Martin

    What’s with all the new writers? They’re great! Awesome stuff Matt. M80 looks like he could really boost the team’s performance this season, as well as the next. Here’s to a healthy next two years.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      always looking to bring more variety onto the roster.

  • JGold05

    Really good piece. Alot of good points and love the numbers, they don’t lie. Good job Matt

  • Stefanie Smith

    Excellent job, Matt! I love it when people recognize M80 and his good stuff. But you bring up an interesting point. He was never meant to be a #1 WR, but took it on when VJax left. Yeah, he could be the missing piece. I feel good with KA and Floyd and all the rest out there. You could be on to something, Matt.

  • Stefanie Smith

    It’s only June and I am already getting the “maybe this is the Chargers’ year” feeling.

    • arnie

      next year….

  • philiprules

    Maybe “A” link, but not “THE” link, unless he can play some DB as well. It will be great to have him back on the field though. I’m really looking forward to him and Allen on the field at the same time.

  • Julien Bélair

    the most shocking thing in this article is how not impress these commentators are after Floyd one hand catch

    • Gunnar Martin

      Really though? Where’s the RESPECT

      • Julien Bélair

        The game was againts the broncos so there was no respect left for us

    • http://www.mpagels.weebly.com Matt Pagels

      Right?? Exactly what I was thinking when I first watched it.

  • Bolty

    M80 has some of the best hands in all of football. If he is able, we need him in the game. If he can’t go, then we need to adjust and someone else needs to seamlessly step in. Maybe Inman gets a realistic chance to make the team. Maybe Tutu get a chance to get on the field as well.

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

    Nice article, Matt! Well thought out, and informative. M80 is going to beast out this season!!!

  • arnie

    If I can say anything about Floyd, he seems to be at his best when he’s paired with a #1 WR. The statement I made about Royal, coming out of camp last season, he was the best WR, ” if he could stay healthy”. Now everybody is wondering why all the young depth at WR? It’s not a matter of if, but when he can’t play. Under this staff, Floyd won’t have too. T&M seem to stacking the roster, so it won’t be on a handful of players to get it done, “next man up” mentality.
    I don’t know if Floyd will be the key to a Super Bowl for the Chargers, but I look forward to watching him try to help his team get there.

  • Robert Fairbanks

    I think you, Matt Pagels, is the “missing link” if you think this is the Chargers year. It would be a stretch to think next season (2015) is their year. The defense is still not up to super bowl caliber and the first two regular season games will tell if the Chargers will have to play catch (as they always do) up late in the year. Floyd may be lucky he is in the game or not so lucky if he sustains another injury like last season.

    • http://www.mpagels.weebly.com Matt Pagels

      So you’re saying me being signed on as a staff writer could possibly be what was needed for the Chargers to get to the big game? I’ll take it!!

      • Robert Fairbanks

        You under read my post, but keep patting yourself on the back, unless you are a CB, we need more of them.

        • http://www.mpagels.weebly.com Matt Pagels

          On a serious note, I’m not disagreeing with you, the defense (CB and pass rush) needs to improve drastically if there’s a chance to make a run. If they can play like they did the night they shut down the Colts on a weekly basis, and with the addition of Floyd (if he’s healthy AND productive, we will finally have our No. 2), I can see them taking the next step.

          • Robert Fairbanks

            Do not allow the Bolts record of 9-7 fool you, they were out right lucky with the failure of the the Ravens and Dolphins collapse in the latter part of the season. The Colts game was an anomaly, in that the Colts players must have partied in the Gaslamp on Saturday night because their lack of offense was not indicative of the overall Colts 10-6 record and apperance in the Playoffs. I still think Andrew Luck (if he stays healthy) will surpass or equal the exploits of Peyton Manning. The Chargers can improve this season although their ending record may not show it; I believe the 2015 season will show the Chargers as the new AFC West Champions.

    • Sergio Quintero

      They were lucky and deserved to lose the Chiefs game to close the season, but they were a team that didn’t know how to win an basically found unlikely and to be honest unlucky ways to lose at least 3 games.

      So to be honest if were talking about luck the chargers were -2, and much closer to an 11-5 team. They had bad luck with the missed call on the field goal with the Texans, Justin Hunter clearly pushed off in the Titans game, and Gilchrist dropped an easy game winning INT, and they couldn’t get it in from the 1 against the Redskins, I will admit to being a fan but I thought the Woodhead play that was called a TD should have been called a TD that stands, I didn’t think there was enough video evidence to overturn.

      To add to other bad luck, a late hit against Liuget cost them a fumble recovery on their own 1 yard line against the Dolphins, that was turned into a TD the next play, a late hit that in many other games gets uncalled, in a game decided by 5 points. The chargers were not a team winning all their close games and getting blown out with frequency, they were in my opinion much closer to 10-11 win club.

      • Robert Fairbanks

        I would be happy with 10-11 wins this season, that would show real improvement. Perhaps the Bolts will get lucky and Peyton will have an off (not likely) last year, and my Chargers can cruise into the post season.

        • Sergio Quintero

          Their improvement comes down to:
          Offense: even though they were 3rd in yards they were 12th in scoring, have to turn drives into TD’s and have an offense in points that gives them a margin for error.

          Defense: Improved play from the corners, clearly they are more talented than last year, but they are younger, but Cox clearly cost them 1-2 games, so if they can get middle of the road play from his replacement its not a stretch to expect 1-2 more wins. Pass rush its about keeping Ingram, Freeney and basically their top 4 OLB healthy, they should have middle of the road to an upper third in the league pass rush if healthy.

  • Sergio Quintero

    Malcom throughout his career has played in the Norv based offense in which his role was the flanker (vertical threat) and biggest job was keeping safeties honest, and making 90% of his catches 20 yards or deeper. That being the case his targets were incredibly down for a WR of his skill, modern offenses are not 5-7 step drop heavy, they are 3 step and some 5 step stuff with more than half of the receptions coming before 15 yards.

    We still don’t know how Malcom will do in a offense that actually implies more targets for him, but my perception is that will continue to have the same deep catches he always has had, but an additional 25-40 receptions that are short catches, that not only will help this offense but give Malcom his first 1,000 yard season (health willing).

    I expect the chargers to be a little more pass driven in their play calling, than in their closing streak of games, back towards a balanced run-pass system, and I expect a full commitment to a 2 TE offense, in which both of the WR’s will be the top weapons in terms of targets.

  • tstier

    LETS GO CHARGERS!! 10 wins this season should get us there!!

  • Snerpaderp

    “Could Malcolm Floyd be the missing link” That’s messed up.