The team’s actions on draft weekend did all the talking for them.
Tim Sullivan of the San Diego Union Tribune has a great piece pointing out that the Chargers didn’t draft a single offensive lineman over the weekend. Unlike Tomlinson, the front office doesn’t think the pass-blocking lineman or play-calling hampered their running game last year. Tomlinson did.
“I expect us to be a real good running football team next year,” Norv Turner said. (The Chargers had the worst running attack last year.)
Norv Turner loves power running, despite Tomlinson’s words. Turner wouldn’t say first-round pick Ryan Mathews has what Tomlinson now lacks, but he didn’t have to.
“I’m not going to get into that. I know [Mathews] ran 4.37,” Turner said. “He ran in the 4.4s consistently. . . . He’s got the juice to go all
the way. He’s got the power to run inside. He’s a complete back.”