This may come as a surprise to some people, but Philip Rivers insists that we’ve known the answer to their RB situation all along, thanks to Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy.
“As Coach has always said – I’m not saying anything out of the blue – it’s a running back by committee crew,” Rivers said to the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Michael Gehlken. “It’s going to be a team effort in that bunch. We’re going to need all of them to carry the load in the run game and to catch the ball out of the backfield.”
The Chargers had used their most recent first round draft pick on RB Melvin Gordon, which can lead to some unwarranted pressure from fans for the rookie. Rivers made sure to try to relieve some of that pressure with his follow up statement.
“It’s not going to be all Melvin,” Rivers said.
Gordon acknowledged that he needs to make an adjustment to the professional game.
“There’s so much I need to learn,” Gordon said. “I am a young back that’s willing to learn, has a lot to learn, and the more reps, the better. So the different teams we play, the different looks you get, you get more familiar, and things will slow down for you a lot. That will help me … play faster and make more plays to help this team win ballgames.“
We’ll see who ultimately wins out, but with Danny Woodhead and Danny Oliver also on the roster – this back by committee idea may just be the best plan of attack.