What if Danny Woodhead Were Still Available?

By Ernie Padaon

Philip Rivers has had a tremendous year this season despite missing one of his top weapons in the passing game. What would his season look like if Danny Woodhead were available this season?

Danny has been out for most of the season after breaking his leg in week 3 against the Buffalo Bills. I can’t help but think of the impact that Woodhead could have had on this offense if he were on the field. Danny was that option that Philip could rely upon for a quick outlet pass. If nobody was open, he would just dump it off to Danny and he he would make plays in the open field to get first downs. Nobody else on the roster has been able to fill that role on the team.

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On 3rd down and in 2-minute drive situations, Donald Brown has been the back that the team has turned to. His primary role is to block for Philip. He isn’t the threat that Woodhead was in the passing game or in the running game. His main purpose on the roster is to create a little more time for Philip to get the ball out to his receivers.

What could this offense have looked like with Danny healthy? His injury was significant, yet it is almost forgotten because of the way that Philip has been able to play. Our offensive line has barely given Philip the time to get the ball off. If Danny were on the field, he would have seen a lot of passes in his direction with the line failing to protect. He was a tough mismatch in the passing game for linebackers. IF ONLY…

We will have to wait till next season to see Danny in action again. I can’t wait to see that little guy running around and making impact plays while strutting around after a first down.

Since the San Diego Chargers are facing off against the NewEngland Patriots this Sunday, I thought it would be nice to talk about Danny. Both teams know his value and I am sure that the Patriots are happy that they don’t have to gameplan for him on Sunday.