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.
More from Bolt Beat
- LA Chargers: 3 early takeaways from 2021 minicamp thus far
- LA Chargers: Drue Tranquill takes a jab at Gus Bradley’s defense
- LA Chargers second-year players: Nothing to lose and a lot to gain
- LA Chargers: Why running back could be a big issue for the Bolts
- LA Chargers: Chris Rumph’s upside is Melvin Ingram-like, but better
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.