The San Diego Chargers had one of the worst rushing attacks in the NFL during the 2012 season. San Diego ranked 31st in yards per rushing attempt and was tied with the Oakland Raiders for last in rushing touchdowns.
A major problem was the decline of Ryan Mathews who averaged a career low 3.8 yards per attempt to go along with a career low one rushing touchdown. San Diego has to do something to improve their rushing attack.
I suggested that San Diego’s front office should go after Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush who could be a free agent. Another guy who San Diego’s front office should consider is New York Jets RB Shonn Greene.
Greene is coming off back-to-back 1,000 yard rushing seasons to go along with six rushing touchdowns in 2011 and eight in 2012. Greene will be a free agent unless New York uses the franchise tag on him.
Greene is a very dependable running back because he missed three games in four seasons compared to Mathews who missed 10 games in three seasons. Greene and Mathews could split attempts which would limit the chances of Mathews suffering an injury.
I expect San Diego’s front office to make a move that will improve the rushing attack and limit Mathews’ chances of being injured. The one knock on Greene is that in four seasons, his longest rushing attempt went for 36 yards. However, if Greene and Mathews split attempts, Mathews could be the speed guy while Greene could be the power guy.
An improved rushing attack for San Diego in 2013 could open up the field for their receivers and take pressure away from Philip Rivers at the quarterback position.
Greene could be a great fit with the Lighting Bolts and I believe that a two headed monster at the RB position is the right direction for San Diego’s front office to go in.