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Los Angeles Chargers All-Decade Team: The offense

CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 01: Philip Rivers #17 talks with Antonio Gates #85 of the Los Angeles Chargers over a broken play during the first half of a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at StubHub Center on October 1, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 01: Philip Rivers #17 talks with Antonio Gates #85 of the Los Angeles Chargers over a broken play during the first half of a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at StubHub Center on October 1, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Chargers All-Decade running backs:

RB1: Melvin Gordon

Since the Los Angeles Chargers often run two running back formations, we decided to give two running backs the honor to be on the All-Decade team, with the best of the bunch being the guy that just left to play for the Denver Broncos, Melvin Gordon.

Charger fans might not be overly happy with Gordon after his holdout then him subsequently signing with a division rival, but that does not negate what he did for the team this decade. Gordon had the most rushing yards, yards from scrimmage and rushing touchdowns of any running back in the decade.

His tenure might have been short-lived, but most running backs suffer the same fate. Gordon was the best back of the decade.

RB2: Ryan Mathews

All of those stats that Melvin Gordon ranked first in for the decade? Ryan Mathews ranked second. Mathews was the short-term running back that started the decade while Gordon finished the decade, giving the Chargers two quality backs for several years.

Neither Mathews or Gordon reached their full potential in the league but they are both Pro Bowlers that put together more than one great season for the Chargers.

Austin Ekeler comes in a close third but most of his numbers are carried by a strong 2019. He is obviously the leading favorite to be the best back of the 2010s and if he could carve out a longer tenure than these two he could go down in the franchise’s all-time rushing ranks.

  • Honorable mentions: Austin Ekeler, Mike Tolbert, Danny Woodhead, Darren Sproles
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