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UTSD: Potential three headed monster breaks new ground

Discussion in 'American Football' started by AnteaterRaider, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. AnteaterRaider

    AnteaterRaider Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006

    Seeing what the Chargers have at running back sort of boggles the mind.

    Mathews calls it “the three-headed monster.” It could perhaps also be called unprecedented.

    In NFL history, only the 2012 Carolina Panthers -- after signing former Charger Mike Tolbert -- could arguably boast three running backs coming off a season as productive as the Mathews-Woodhead-Brown trio.

    Each of the Chargers' current backs had at least 429 yards rushing, 751 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns. Together, they totaled 2,221 rushing yards, 1,008 receiving yards and 23 TDs. Some of the Carolina trio's individual numbers were higher, but their collective numbers were not as great.

    Brown was a member of the Indianapolis Colts in 2013, yes. And, no, it can’t be expected that the threesome’s collective numbers will be as substantial working from the same backfield. There simply aren’t 493 carries or 622 touches to be doled out among them.

    But this has the potential to be spectacular.

    Think about how the Chargers’ backfield worked last season – with Mathews going for career highs in carries and yards and Woodhead leading all NFL running backs with 80 receptions (including playoffs). Then consider Donald Brown, who led the Colts in yards and rushing TDs, is five years younger than Ronnie Brown, who he replaces in San Diego.

    It will be the same thing this year. Mathews the workhorse, Woodhead the versatile guy who can run and catch, Brown the sort of hybrid of the two.
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  2. Fossil

    Fossil BoltTalker

    Jan 6, 2008
    This looks like a nice improvement to the running game over last year. Ronnie Brown seemed good, but not spectacular. Our offense is going to give defensive coordinators some sleepless nights.
    The new rule change/emphasis for defenders not tugging at all on receiver's jerseys will benefit the Boltz, according to a UT story. Ought to make the Seahawk's game interesting, as they are a bunch of grabby mofos.
  3. powayslugger

    powayslugger No longer a fan- FU Spanos

    Dec 14, 2006
    funny how the knucklehead Norv could never get the running game to work... even when he had LT. It took McCoy one season to get the running game back on track.
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  4. Ikeman83

    Ikeman83 Werter Pöbel

    Feb 3, 2012
    They'll be great if Mathews can hang onto the ball
  5. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

    Apr 10, 2010
    If Oliver keeps it up, we're gonna have to change it to the 4 headed monster.
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  6. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I only put idiots on ignore...

    Aug 19, 2008
    Or if the Bolts utilize that H-Back, a five-headed monster. Just call it a great hydra...

    Last edited: Aug 10, 2014

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