San Diego Chargers: Wide Receiver Issues to Blame for Sputtering Offense
The San Diego Chargers’ offense and quarterback Philip Rivers in particular, has been out of sync for much of the 2012 season. What was expected to be the strength of the team coming into the year has turned into a liability with trouble getting out of its own way at times. The team lost a key weapon in Vincent Jackson at the wide receiver position during the offseason, but is that really the only reason for their difficulties thus far?
Perhaps it isn’t the only issue, but it’s definitely a contributing factor. The club had big plans for second-year wideout Vincent Brown entering the preseason, but unfortunately a broken ankle has kept him out for all of the year up to now. He has at least been seen around practice which is a good sign at this point even though this is the first real update on his status sign the team placed him on the injured reserve designated to return list.
He and Rivers had really developed quite a rapport during the closing stages of the 2011 season and the early portion of training camp as well as the preseason. Brown offered these thoughts on his possible return saying: “I feel good. I’m just coming along in the process and trying to get back as fast as I can. It’s been a long process to strengthen it back up, but I’m getting there. I’m not sure the exact date I’ll be back. I’m simply taking it day-by-day and waiting for the time to come. But my mindset is good. I’m working hard and trying to get back to help this team get to the playoffs.”
Brown’s absence hasn’t been the only thing ailing the Bolts’ offense so they went out and grabbed some additional help earlier this week. Former St. Louis Rams’ wide receiver Danario Alexander joined the team and at 6’5” 217lbs. he sure does look like a Vincent Jackson style of player. His former club had an influx of new talent at the receiver position and he didn’t make the final roster cut with the Rams. This addition could provide Rivers with an additional option in the passing game to help jump-start a sputtering offense.
Clearly more was expected of the San Diego offense this year, but the season is only at its halfway point. The Bolts still have a chance to become that dynamic offense that everyone believed they would be coming into the year. Hopefully this addition at receiver will help to aid that cause.
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