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Melvin Gordon not stressed about light second-half workload

San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) celebrates a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga) AP

Chargers running back Melvin Gordon exorcised some demons from his rookie season in the first half of the season opener against the Chiefs last Sunday.

He ran for 39 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries, giving him two more touchdowns than he had in his entire rookie season. Gordon also didn’t fumble, something he did six times in 2015, and it looked like he’d get a lot more work as the Chargers tried to hold onto a 21-3 lead in the second half.

Gordon got six carries in the final 30 minutes, though, and the Chargers blew the lead and the game. Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said that “it wasn’t that we went away from Melvin,” but that they felt packages involving Danny Woodhead were more successful. Gordon isn’t getting worked up about it.

“I’m not going to stress it,” Gordon said, via the San Diego Union-Tribune. “We’ve got a lot of games left. To say we won’t be in that situation again would be absurd. … When we get in that situation, we’ve got to make the best of it.”

That’s true of the entire Chargers team given how things went awry last weekend. The good news for Gordon is that the loss of wide receiver Keenan Allen should leave space for both running backs to get plenty of work in the weeks to come.

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5 Responses to “Melvin Gordon not stressed about light second-half workload”
  1. dayglo80 says: Sep 16, 2016 1:36 PM

    up 21 and your lead running back gets 6 carriers in the final 30 minutes. Fire Mike!!!

  2. jjackwagon says: Sep 16, 2016 1:40 PM

    The good news for Gordon is that the loss of wide receiver Keenan Allen should leave space for both running backs to get plenty of work in the weeks to come.

    Josh, I guess you didn’t notice that the Chargers were 6-6 on 3rd down when Allen was in the game. After he was injured they were 1-9 on 3rd down.

    Losing Allen is NOT good news for anyone on the Chargers. I am sure Gordon would take the win over getting more touches.

  3. firesnyder says: Sep 16, 2016 1:53 PM

    To be fair, Woodhead had stellar numbers with the carries they did give him in the second half.

  4. samquix says: Sep 16, 2016 2:21 PM

    Fire McCoy. Sooner than later. At this point I’d take Norval Eugene Turner back. I thought Reich was the problem. Wiz comes back and it’s more of the same. Conclusion leads to the common denominator.

  5. outdrsytype says: Sep 16, 2016 4:53 PM

    They should be throwing to Gordan out of the backfield a lot! That is where he was so productive in college with the Badgers. They don’t use him the way they should. They bring in Cunningham who sucks! Their coaching is horrible to piss away that big lead and end up losing.

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