They have every type of guy you need to go get the job done.
The Chargers are opening training camp, and the committee is ready to report to work, the committee of running backs.
3-deep with proven performers, it might not be LaDainian Tomlinson-Darren Sproles, but it will be just as dangerous and definitely dynamic.
The Chargers 3-Musketeers at running back are ready-willing-and definitely able.
Ryan Mathews, the slow developing lst round pick, has gone from “China Doll” to “Rock Hard”. Coach Mike McCoy changed the culture of Chargers football last year, and he definitely changed Mathews. No more injuries. Lots of carries. Dependability every week. You will not fumble, you will blitz block.
He did, and he did it consistently. End result, a remarkable season in which he touched the ball 311-times and wound up with 1444-all purpose yards. He was heavy duty tough, reliable, and always there. No more hand-calf-finger-collarbone injuries.
Danny Woodhead became what Darren Sproles was, dangerous, dynamic and tough. When he was done darting-dashing he had 8TDs and 1084-all purpose yards, running people ragged..
And now you add Donald Brown via the Indianapolis Colts. Sometimes runner, sometimes receiver, always trustworthy. The only word I can think of is dependable. He had nearly 3,000 all purpose yards with the Colts.
So now Phillip Rivers, for the first time in a couple of years, has it inside, outside, and on the edge. When he wants to play power ball it will be Mathews. When he wants change of pace, there is Brown. When he wants explosive it is Woodhead.
I don’t care Woodhead is locked up now for 3-years, and Brown got 3-years, and yes Mathews is headed to his walk-free agent year. If Mathews duplicates last season into this season, there would no reason to let him go. He is still young, and has proven he can handle the rock. He now know what it takes to be a pro.
The 3-Musketeers, one for all, all for one, helping out Rivers in a truly balanced Chargers offense.