Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs for a first down against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Chargers could be putting extra focus on the running game in the coming season. With teams around the league focused on stopping the high flying passers in the game, they could get caught off guard with the running attack. The team’s in the AFC West showed their focus in on stopping the pass by taking corners and pass rushers in the draft. Even the Chargers drafted those types of players. That is what the league is trending toward at the moment, but it could leave teams a little softer against the running game.
One great way to keep Philip Rivers healthy and standing for the whole season is by feeding the rock to his running backs. The way the Chargers controlled the clock on offense was by getting the ball to his running backs. The team already wants to get Ladarius Green more time on offense and that could just open up the running game even more. With a pair of pass catching tight ends in the game, teams will not know which personnel to put on the field to slow down the Chargers offense. Philip Rivers will have his options on how he would like to pick apart defenses.
I think the Chargers have a group that can lead the league in the rushing game. The team is committed to moving the football on the ground and has the big men up front to dominate in that fashion. The team has solid depth at the running back position and the team has a solid group of receivers that are willing to help blocking down the field.