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Message To Chargers Fans That Want Jackie Battle to Start

By Ernie Padaon

September 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Jackie Battle (44) runs for a short gain during the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Jackie Battle is a load to bring down. He runs hard and carries defenders with him and he doesn’t FUMBLE! He destroyed a haggard Tennessee Titans defense and he busted a long run against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Now some people want to see more of Jackie and some even think that he should be the starter…


Jackie Battle, the guy the Kansas City Chiefs let walk in free agency for Peyton Hillis. Peyton Hillis! Jackie Battle, the guy that was a free agent till the wee hours of the offseason and finally lucked out with a job in San Diego. Battle, the guy that looks like he is running in quicksand. BaTTLE, The guy that has concrete blocks strapped to his shoes.

This is the who people want to be the starter? This is who people want to take carries away from Ryan Mathews?

He has been impressive early on in the season. He beat down a tired, tired Tenessee defense in week 2. Then in week 3, he busted a long gain on an Atlanta prevent defense. But he is not a starter.

Battle is best suited as a short yardage back. He is a stud on special teams. He also can be used late in the game when the defense is tired, but that is where his role ends. That is what Jackie Battle is. You can ask any Kansas City fan about his skills.

He gets the yards that the defense gives him. Nothing more, nothing less. He won’t be able to CREATE yards like Ryan Mathews can. But he won’t put the ball on the ground though.

If you want to play conservative football, then let’s go ahead and play conservative. Let’s have Jackie Battle gain his 2 yards per carry and NOT put the ball on the ground.

If you like the sound of that, then let’s go ahead and sit Philip Rivers too.