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The case for Melvin Gordon to stay in Los Angeles

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 18: Melvin Gordon #28 of the San Diego Chargers gets the ball punched away as Mike Neal #96 of the Green Bay Packers reaches across in the first quarter at Lambeau Field on October 18, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 18: Melvin Gordon #28 of the San Diego Chargers gets the ball punched away as Mike Neal #96 of the Green Bay Packers reaches across in the first quarter at Lambeau Field on October 18, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 13: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers hands the ball off to Melvin Gordon #28 during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 13: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers hands the ball off to Melvin Gordon #28 during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers can basically plug any back in the league behind that O-line and have a successful run game. The Chargers don’t have that luxury. Their line is ranked 29th for the upcoming season and Gordon is one of the few running backs that can overcome that kind of bad line play.

Gordon adds dimensions to the Bolts’ offense that few running backs in the league can. The Chargers are Super Bowl contenders this year, and may not exactly have the luxury to let one of their best players go.

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His skill set is perfect for the way the Chargers play football and complements the shortcomings in the offense. His chemistry with Rivers and other members of the offense is important for a coaching staff that values continuity.

However, extending Gordon may bring tough decisions regarding other star players with an extension coming up, like Rivers or Joey Bosa.

Gordon is one of the most talented backs in the league, there is no question about that, but the Chargers may need him if they want to be the last team standing in February 2020.

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