Can Melvin Gordon prove his worth to the San Diego Chargers’ offense? Can he make the jump from being a BUST first-round selection to a serviceable running back? Can he make that leap?
The last time we had Ken Whisenhunt running the offense, he put a heavy load on a running back that we had a ton of question marks with and got SUCCESS. Ryan Mathews was a mess before Whisenhunt trusted him with the rock on offense. Fumbles were dropped left and right, and he couldn’t stay on the field because of all the injuries he suffered.
With Whiz, Mathews became a 1,200-plus yard back. What can he do with Gordon?
Whiz is going to run the football. He will want to pound the rock as much as he can.
What talent did Gordon show in his rookie season? He showed that he will fight for yards and he can break tackles. He showed speed. He showed that he didn’t have any patience for a hole to open up, and he also showed some hesitation hitting the holes. He also put a lot of footballs on the ground.
This will be a big season for Gordon. He will get the opportunity to impact football games. He will get put in the position to succeed with Whiz calling the plays. We won’t be running the draw play right up the middle 20 times a game. Instead, we should see a good mix of plays to get Gordon on the edge or a few plays to get him in space.
I look forward to seeing what Gordon will be able to do with Whisenhunt calling the plays. I look forward to seeing Gordon running behind a healthy offensive line. I look forward to seeing a fullback lining up in the backfield to open up some holes.
If the Chargers are going to have success this season, it will start with the running game. Will Gordon be the one to carry that part of the game? I think that he will be! I expect us to be saying, “That is the Melvin Gordon that we wanted.”
What numbers do you think we will get from Gordon this year?
Here are my projections:
1,200 rushing yards, 6 rushing touchdowns, 30 catches, 210 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns
What are your thoughts with Gordon ?