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Chargers planning to go with “hot hand” at tailback


Chargers running back Ryan Mathews could end up staying healthier this year for one very important reason:  He could end up playing less.

Via Alex Marvez of, new Chargers coach Mike McCoy plans to use multiple running backs this season.

“I’ve been raised with [Denver head coach] John Fox in this league,” McCoy said.  “We always played with a couple of backs.  It doesn’t matter who’s in there.  Keep them fresh.”

Fox used multiple backs as the Broncos head coach, and before that with the Panthers.

“That’s the big thing.  Play the hot hand while you roll,” McCoy said.  “If you’ve got to tap out for a play or two, we’ll put the next guy in.”

For Mathews, it hasn’t been about tapping out for a play or two; it’s been about being knocked out for a month or two.  This year, he thinks he’ll stay healthy and become productive if he has a good time.

“I just want to have fun with it,” Mathews told Marvez and Gil Brandt during an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio.  “I think I got away from having fun.  Coming in here, I thought I had to do more than what I had to do.  What I wanted to do this year was just get back to the basics.  Do what I can to help my team win.”

Also hoping to have fun will be newcomer Danny Woodhead and 2012 free-agent acquisition Ronnie Brown.  If one of those guys doesn’t emerge, Chargers fans may have zero fun.  Again.

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9 Responses to “Chargers planning to go with “hot hand” at tailback”
  1. rando74 says: Jul 28, 2013 1:32 PM

    haha love it. zero fun sir! chargers suck

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 28, 2013 2:00 PM

    Sounds very scientific. So will the coach be using pyrometers on the sidelines or he is just going to use the foolproof eyeball test with gut-instinct reinforcement?

  3. britishraven says: Jul 28, 2013 2:07 PM

    It’s amazing how Ronnie Brown is still in the league

  4. humb0lt says: Jul 28, 2013 2:12 PM

    Chargers fans had some fun last season. It wasn’t all no fun. Sweeping the Chiefs and the Raiders was fun.

  5. brok4life says: Jul 28, 2013 3:10 PM

    Ryan Matthews is a bumb. I understand giving a guy chances, but it was evident from the get go he is not an every down back and there is no reason to think things will change. If ever there is a position its rb that a guy either has it or doesn’t have it from the get go and there is nothing to believe he will ever live up to any potential

  6. joetoronto says: Jul 29, 2013 4:43 AM

    Got rings?

    Just move baby!

  7. tahnoonzee says: Jul 29, 2013 9:54 AM

    I can see Ryan Mathews stepping it up and solidifying his status as the starter this season and avoiding injuries. Ronnie and Danny would be the 3rd down backs and also get their touches but majority all going to Mathews.

    I can easily see RM topping 1300 rushing yards and 10 Tds this season.

  8. correctingerrors says: Jul 29, 2013 2:37 PM

    San Diego has dominated Oakland.
    Head to head tally is 21-15.

  9. atacoshipinaseaofwhitesauce says: Jul 31, 2013 10:53 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Jul 31 10:37 PM
    “Waa Waa Waa Raiders Waa Waa Waa Ga ga boo boo. (ad nauseum)”

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