Week 1 – Bolts on Offense
By Ernie Padaon
Norv Turner has a new toy and he wants to show it off to the world. Expect Ryan Mathews to get a lot of carries and to run right through this Kansas City Defense. The Chiefs had the worst run defense in the AFC last season and it is the perfect opening matchup for “Bam Bam” Mathews to perform. He will be putting the Kansas City defenders in the dirt with that stiff arm and by the second half, he should be able to break off long runs after wearing the defense down.
The Offensive line will need to keep their eyes close on Tamba Hali. He is the Chiefs best pass rusher and Brandyn Dombrowski‘s first assignment will be against this tough defender. The Chargers need to slide over some protection to that side to help out with a tight end or a fullback. Philip Rivers will also have to get the ball off quick to avoid the sack.
Philip also needs to find his new number 1 receiver. Vincent Jackson will not be an option and one of the other guys will need to step up to take that spot. The starters for the game will be Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee. They both are big receivers that are very athletic and can win the jump ball. Patrick Crayton will see his first action as a Charger and should provide some veteran experience to the team. He is best at finding soft spots in the zone and running after the catch from the slot position. This may be a breakout season for Buster Davis…. yea, Buster Davis!!! He finally gets his shot to play in some games and has avoided the injury bug so far (fingers crossed). He has good height and really good speed. I really want this kid to be healthy so that we can finally evaluate him.
If those receivers cant find a way to get open, Philip can always look to old reliable Antonio Gates. Gates is just a beast on the field and defenses don’t know how to cover him. He is to fast for linebackers to cover and to big for corners and safeties to cover. He is the best option in the red zone and on third down.
After all those options, we still have the little jitterbug Darren Sproles to use. He just moves faster than everyone else on the field. If he gets in the open field, he is a threat to take it the distance. There are plenty of options on this side of the ball and I expect a well balanced attack this Monday. LETS GET IT BOYS!!!