LA Chargers News

Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

The NFL rookie symposium began on Sunday, but the Chargers didn’t join the proceedings until Wednesday. That’s due to subtle changes in the symposium format, which separates attendees along conference lines.

There are so many known commodities on the Chargers, it was difficult to find a suitable candidate for a “breakout” player. Running back Ryan Mathews is under the gun to become a workhorse back, but he ran for 1,000 yards last season, caught 50 balls out of the backfield and ranked in the top 10 in Football Outsiders’ DYAR (defense-adjusted yards above replacement) and DVOA (defense-adjusted value over average).

The NFL has made a minor tweak to the start of certain afternoon start times to help avoid overlaps on network double headers.

Football is the ultimate team sport, and the ultimate goal of the ultimate team sport should be the ultimate objective for anyone who plays football.

If this were a “Behind the Music”-type show, this would be the all-too-predictable part of the story where Norv gets tired of fame. He wants his privacy back. He wants to get away from the unrealistic expectations. He wants to get back to his roots. He wanted to get back in the lab.