June 19, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; A general view as the San Diego Chargers warm up during minicamp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Speed Kills!!!! Going into the 2012 season, the Chargers will be featuring a new found speed on the offense. This is not Oakland Raider type speed, where they grab anybody that can blaze through a 40-yard dash, but has no idea how to play the game. This is football speed, where players like Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem are going to tear through the secondary. Speed from players that have been in the league for a number of years and know how to get open in the secondary. Speed from players that are hungry to show that they can be top level receivers in this league.
In seasons past, the Chargers didn’t have the threat of speed on the offense. Vincent Jackson was their biggest deep threat, but he wasn’t a burner. He beat teams down with his physical play off the line and with his sharp route running. Malcom Floyd was the same type of receiver. Before those receivers, we had guys like Eric Parker and Chris Chambers starting out wide. Who was the last receiver on this roster that had speed? Tim Dwight?
Philip Rivers will be the perfect compliment for the new wave of speed on the roster. He will be chucking the ball down the field for the speedsters and then opening up the underneath routes for Antonio Gates and dump the ball off to Ryan Mathews. There is potential for this offense to be great, but we still need to see them put it all together. The season seems so dang far away still! I want to see how this offense works together.