Over the Top: The DX / V-Brown Connection


Nov 20, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Brown (86) reaches for and misses a pass while Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings (26) defends during the second half at Soldier Field. The Bears defeated the Chargers 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Mike McCoy is running a fast system. One of the main themes coming out of Chargers Park is how fast Philip Rivers, and the players on offense, are diving into the playbook. Reports are that they are “hitting the ground running”. The preliminary exercises are done, and the Chargers offense is now moving toward the “meat & potatoes” of the schemes. When you’re playing in the NFL, you have to learn quickly, and move quickly on the field. There is little time to absorb the material, and no time for second chances.

The left tackle position should be more solid, after signing Max Starks, and he already looks comfortable in front of the camera. This is GREAT news for the Chargers. I can’t even remember Jared Gaither having the intelligence, or the enthusiasm that Starks has displayed. Gaither got paid much more than Starks did, and never even cared. Starks has been vocal, and hasn’t been here much more than a week. The blindside attack was the biggest concern of this team last year. Having Starks holding down the left tackle position can only be good for Philip Rivers… and, in turn… the Chargers wide receivers.

I am looking for two wide receivers to make a BIG impact this year. They both have injury concerns, and they both have HUGE potential. They will be in competition with each other for a starting role on this offense.  Except for Antonio Gates (as usual), Alexander was Philip River’s #1 target last year. Who knows what could have been with Vincent Brown in the line-up, instead of Robert Meachem. The outcome could have been quite different (cough cough, Cleveland).

Vincent Brown has shown us that he can go up for the ball, and win the battle! He runs good routes, and has shown chemistry with #17. Malcolm Floyd has always been featured in the top two wide receiver slots over the years. Could these two receivers push M80 out of the starting line-up? Floyd was supposed to be the #1 receiver last year, after the departure of Vincent Jackson, Floyd finished off the year with two less touchdowns than Alexander did… and Danario played in less games!

After Brown’s pre-injury campaign, one can only believe that he can make his way into the top two receiver slots. Alexander is almost a “shoe-in” for the top receiver slot. If Brown can beat out Floyd, do you think he has the potential to beat out Danario Alexander? Does size make a difference? It might not.. but, after seeing that “spin move” Alexander made on that extended touchdown run last year… and those jump up leaps that Brown made in 2011… I am extremely excited to see if these guys can unseat Floyd as the starting wide receiver! Even Meachem will be trying to prove that he is the #1 receiver, who was supposed to replace Jackson. With Keenan Allen, and a (potentially) healthy Royal looking good in practice… who knows what can be done?

High Octane is what I am looking for.

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