The San Diego Chargers had a rough season in 2012. San Diego did not have a losing record in a season from 2004-2011, but they finished the 2012 season at 7-9.
San Diego suffered with injuries to guys like left tackle Jared Gaither who missed 12 games and 2011 Pro Bowl running back Ryan Mathews missed four games.
Mathews had his worst season in three years with the Chargers because he averaged a career low 3.8 yards per rushing attempt to go along with a career low one rushing touchdown.
Former Chargers and former New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson gave his thoughts about the direction in which San Diego is headed for the future.
According to Michael Gehlken, Tomlinson said “I think the main thing is the Chargers getting back to the basics of their philosophy, of how they built their winning teams. Another thing, obviously, is correcting Philip Rivers and the things he’s gone through. I still think Philip Rivers is an elite quarterback in this league.”
Rivers led the NFL with 47 turnovers from 2011-12, but the additions of former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy as head coach and Ken Whisenhunt as offensive coordinator will help Rivers.
Tomlinson continued by saying “I’ve always been a proponent of running the football, obviously. I think that’s another thing the Chargers really need to correct is getting another guy to go with Ryan Mathews. I think at this point, Ryan has showed it’s hard for him to stay healthy in the type of workload he’s had.”
In a previous article, I suggested that San Diego should go after former Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush who could split attempts with Mathews which would limit his chances of being injured.
San Diego ranked 31st in yards per rushing attempt and ranked last in rushing touchdowns, so solving these issues is going to be a priority during the off-season. San Diego’s offensive line gave up 49 sacks which ranked fourth in terms of sacks allowed, so this is another problem that needs to be solved.
LT’s assessment of San Diego’s issues is right, and it will be interesting to see what the front office continues to do in order to solve these problems.