Chargers Unafraid to Run Despite Modest Gains


Published: September 28, 2009

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... ground game are still readily apparent.

And whether the through-the-trenches chores are handled by LaDainian Tomlinson or Michael Bennett or Darren Sproles, “Air Turner” is merely a part of the service that moves the football for these San Diego Chargers.

No worries.

Philip Rivers will get his yards – he threw for 303 in Sunday’s 23-13 victory over the Dolphins – and the receivers will get opportunities to stretch their legs (Vincent Jackson, five catches, 120 yards, Antonio Gates, five/64 and Malcom Floyd, 2/65).

But Turner’s philosophy is really no different than a host of other head coaches, who have tried to make a living in the National Football League.

To have success over the long term, in this case an NFL season, teams have to run the football and balance that with a good mix of passes and play action.

So despite his option to direct Rivers aloft, losing the ability to run effectively would not only make Turner’s Charg...

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