The San Diego Chargers, ranked 31st in yards per rushing attempt, were tied for last with the Oakland Raiders in rushing touchdowns and their offensive line ranked fourth in sacks allowed last season.
Despite a terrible rushing attack and a horrific offensive line, Philip Rivers ranked ninth in the NFL with 26 touchdown passes and 11th in QB rating. Rivers said he wanted the front office to re-sign Vincent Jackson last year, but they did not and he went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Jackson led the NFL in yards per reception and had a career high 1,384 receiving yards which ranked fifth in the NFL. Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem was signed to be Jackson’s primary replacement and he had career lows with 207 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions.
In 2012, San Diego ranked 22nd in receiving yards and 30th in yards per reception. This was an area that should have addressed in free agency, but general manager Tom Telesco said a major deal would not be offered to a free agent. As a result, there was no push made to sign a receiver like Wes Welker or Greg Jennings.
Ron Jaworski made a list of the NFL’s top quarterbacks heading into last season. Rivers ranked seventh and he was one of three top 10 QBs on the list without a teammate in 2012 who was top 10 in receiving yards or TD receptions. Joe Flacco was on this list and he did not have a teammate who was top 10 in receiving yards or TD receptions, but his teammates ranked 10th in yards per reception and 12th in yards per rushing attempt.
Rivers has three years left on his current contract, but one has to wonder how long it will be before Rivers expresses his frustrations about the lack of weapons he has to catch the ball.