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Mike McCoy’s Thoughts On This Being a 2-back League


October 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs past New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Will Herring (54) on a touchdown run during the third quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Chargers 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Mike McCoy jumped onto NFL Network yesterday to share his thoughts on the upcoming season and answered a lot of questions on Philip Rivers and Ryan Mathews. Here was one of the questions that stuck out during the interview:

Warren Sapp: “Do you believe that this is a 2-back league now? ”

Mike McCoy: “Without a doubt, having played against you when I was in Carolina, we always had Stephen Davis and Deshaun Foster and we just let them roll. Let them keep going and hey, when you have to tap out for a play or two, take a break. The next guy goes in and you don’t skip a beat. That’s what we plan on doing with the guys we have here this year too. ” –

It seems that Mike McCoy has confidence in Ryan Mathews to carry the load, but he still likes the idea of using a 2-back set. Is Danny Woodhead the ideal candidate to use as the other guy? Ronnie Brown? I wouldn’t think of either of them as backs that are capable of splitting carries.

This will give some fans even more reason to believe that we could make a run for Willis McGahee or Michael Turner in free agency. Mathews teamed up with one of those guys would be a much better 2-back rotation and then sprinkle in a little of Danny Woodhead in different situations.

I think it would be a good idea for the Bolts to bring in another back. It wouldn’t hurt to have a little insurance on the roster.