San Diego Chargers: Receivers and Running Backs Must Take Pressure Away From Each Other

By Kenny Gardner
San Diego Chargers
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The San Diego Chargers had a horrific rushing attack in 2012 that ranked 27th in rushing yards, 31st in yards per attempt and their four rushing touchdowns were tied for last with the Oakland Raiders. San Diego’s receivers were not much better as they ranked 22nd in receiving yards and 30th in yards per reception.

San Diego threw the ball 528 times compared to 411 rushing attempts, but as a whole the offense ranked 20th in points per game and 30th in yards per play.

Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem is one of San Diego’s highest paid players and had an awful season. Meachem’s 13.8 receiving yards per game would have ranked 137th out of 140 players if he had enough receptions to qualify in this category. Meachem also had a career low two touchdown receptions.

Meachem had knee surgery after the 2011 season and was in his first season with a new team so if he can make more of an impact, it would be huge for San Diego’s receiving game.

San Diego added former St. Louis Rams WR Danario Alexander who played in 10 games and ranked third in the NFL with 17.8 yards per reception and 22nd in receiving yards per game. One can only imagine how bad San Diego’s receiving game would have been without Alexander or Malcom Floyd.

The Chargers’ primary running back Ryan Mathews ranked 23rd in rushing yards per game and 32nd in yards per attempt to go along with career lows in rushing touchdowns and yards per attempt.

San Diego’s front office added Danny Woodhead who should be more of an explosive backup than Jackie Battle was last season. Woodhead had the same amount of rushing touchdowns in 2012 as San Diego did in 335 fewer attempts. San Diego’s coaching staff should think about splitting attempts with Mathews and Woodhead to limit Mathews’ chances of suffering an injury which has happened in all three of his NFL seasons.

The receivers and running backs have to play better in 2013 to take pressure away from each other and make the offense explosive again.

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