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Can Ken Whisenhunt turn Gordon into Mathews?

Oct 25, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt during the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 25, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt during the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
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So the team made a decision that most of us can agree to like!

With the Chargers bringing back Ken Whisenhunt as their offensive coordinator, they’re committing to getting the offense back on track.

Oct 25, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt during the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Gehlken with the San Diego Union-Tribune first reported the return of Whisenhunt.

The team had been without an offensive leader since ownership fired Frank Reich a week ago.

Dec 13, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) runs the ball as Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Josh Mauga (90) attempts the tackle during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won 10-3. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Remember, Whisenhunt was the guy that led the 9-7 Arizona Cardinals to a Super Bowl, and eventually lost, in in 2009.

He’s the coach that helped the Steelers win Super Bowl XL as Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator.

He is also the brain that led San Diego to finish fifth in the NFL in yards per game and 12th in scoring as their offensive coordinator during his lone season with the Chargers in 2013.

That year, fans saw running back Ryan Mathews carry the load 285 times for 1,255 yards. Could you imagine just how much different the offense could look if second-year back Melvin Gordon could post those numbers!?

It would help the quick-pass game, the play-action… it essentially would make sure teams can’t just load up and expect Rivers to throw the ball 41 times per game as he did in 2015.

Gordon is only a year removed from back-to-back 1,500 yard seasons at Wisconsin so he’s got it in him… the team is just hoping Whisenhunt can literally run the offense to its maximum potential.

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