An improved rushing attack will make the San Diego Chargers better next season

By Kenny Gardner
Ryan Mathews San Diego Chargers
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA Today Sports

The San Diego Chargers have one of the worst rushing attacks in the NFL this season.  San Diego averages 3.7 yards per attempt which ranks 30th and their four rushing touchdowns rank 31st in the league.

This is a big reason why the Chargers have a 6-9 record right now.  When a team is this bad in their run game, it allows opponents to zone in against the pass.

A major problem has been the decline of Ryan Mathews.  After averaging 4.9 yards per attempt last season, San Diego’s primary running back averaged a career low 3.8 yards per attempt this season in 12 games.

San Diego has four rushing touchdowns this season and has not had one since a week five loss to the New Orleans Saints.  This is a major problem that San Diego’s front office needs to fix during the off-season.

Mathews broke his collarbone against the Green Bay Packers in the preseason while he broke his other collarbone against the Carolina Panthers nine days ago.  If Mathews returns to form, San Diego should be fine.

Mathews should still be the primary RB, but San Diego could explore the option of re-signing Ronnie Brown and giving him more rushing attempts.  Brown has 41 attempts and averages 4.9 yards per attempt this season.

Mathews has been one of the most disappointing players on San Diego’s roster this season.  Mathews ranks 24th in the NFL in rushing yards per game after he ranked 12th in this category last season.

Mathews has one rushing TD this season after he finished with six last season.  I expect Mathews to be hard at work during the off-season to be better by the time that the 2013 season begins.

San Diego has to be better in their rushing attack because they will be a one dimensional team if they do not make improvements.

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