Chargers: Do they need a franchise back?
Take the previous points and come up with whatever conclusion you’d like. Remember, this is just talking about whether the team needs one to win a Super Bowl, but it is not necessarily about whether the team needs one to reach the Super Bowl. The Chargers may not need Gordon to win a championship, but it will likely be tougher to get there without him.
So far, it doesn’t look like the majority of Super Bowl-winning teams were required to use a highly-drafted, highly-paid franchise back to win a title. Gordon, for better or worse, is the former of those two, and wants to be the latter of those two.
Unfortunately for him, the situation the Chargers have right now reflects the majority of the winners rather than the minority. They are planning to implement low-cost running backs who are late draft picks or undrafted free agents to get to a Super Bowl and win a title. Whether it works remains to be seen, and the possibility of the success of an Ekeler-Jackson duo may hinge more on the offensive line than the backs themselves. For now, the Chargers are going to roll with the guys they have, and recent history shows they may be making the right move after all.