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San Diego reaches 2 year deal with RB Woodhead

The San Diego Chargers have signed former New England Patriots running back, Danny Woodhead.  Making newly arrived GM Tom Telesco ecstatic. Telesco says Woodhead is a “dynamic runner in space” and an “underrated” pass blocker. Woodhead feels the same way about becoming a Charger.

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Tom Telesco said that they are looking for playmakers to fill the roster. “He’s one of those guys that when the ball gets in his hands, he’s got some magic to him,” Telesco said. He also says that there will be certain packages and plays for their new “playmaker”.

He certainly proved he was a playmaker in New England.

Danny was New England’s second leading rusher with 301 yards, and four TD’s on 76 carries. He also caught 40 passes for 446 yards and three TD’s. Pro Football Focus ranked Woodhead the 10th best running back in the league.

But as the season went on and Shane Vereen got more and more touches, many wondered if Woodhead would stay with the Patriots or leave. The signing of Leon Washington earlier during offseason also seemed to affect the 28 year old’s decision. He came to the conclusion to sign with the San Diego Chargers.

During the 2012-2013 season the Chargers struggled to get any kind of a running game. They averaged just over 91 rushing yards per game. Which ranked them 27th in the league in rushing yards per game. They did even worse in yards per rush, ranked 31st with a measly 3.6 yards per rush. During 2010 Woodhead averaged better than the whole entire Charger team. He averaged an impressive 5.6 yards per carry with New England. The Chargers hope he can help them in the run game as well as in the passing game.

Many are comparing Woodhead to former Charger Darren Sproles. Woodhead and Sproles stats are very similiar. Sproles averaged 249 carries, 1,154 rushing yards, and 2,551 yards from the line of scrimmage. With New England Woodhead averaged 250 carries, 1,199 rushing yards, and 2,181 yards from the line of scrimmage. The only major differences were rushing and receiving TD’s and receptions and reception yards.

San Diego has lacked contribution from a third-down back since they lost Darren Sproles during the 2011 free agency. He caught 104 passes from Philip Rivers and was a dependable third-down back.

Woodhead’s arrival makes him the running back who is categorized in the do-it-all section for the Chargers. That can line up in multiple positions on the field. He can line up in the back field or he can line up as a receiver. Woodhead runs very sharp routes. With his speed and his ability to lose defenders he is as much a threat in the passing game as he is in the running game.

He also figures in to be the main backup of starter Ryan Matthews. Matthews told NFL Network that he needs to “stop taking so many hits” to decrease the risk of injury. Woodhead will give Matthews a chance to take a breather, and let Matthews stay healthy by taking some of the load off of him.

Woodhead agreed to a 2 yr/ 6 million dollar contract with the San Diego Chargers, lasting through the end of the 2014-2015 NFL season.

 

 

Chargers Welcome CB Derek Cox

After releasing both starting cornerbacks (Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason) the
Chargers were desperate to find a corner to fill the spot.

A Culmination to a Collapse

The San Diego Chargers had become known for their second half surges. Well all of those good adjectives like most talented team, second half team, and franchise quarterback can now be thrown right out the window. The Chargers are one of the most poorly coached teams, because Norv Turner is still the head coach for unknown reasons. And Philip Rivers is no longer a franchise quarterback, in fact he has become a liability.

The Chargers are not completely dead yet, but a loss today would all but end their season. After that Monday Night disaster against the Broncos, the wheels have completely come off on this team, and they have floundered ever since. The Chargers and Philip Rivers have had a lot of success in Denver over the years, but all of that has changed. They will need a virtuoso performance this afternoon to steal a win and even out their record at 5-5.

Keys to the Game: The Chargers are going to need to get on the board early and keep pressure on the Broncos throughout the game. If they fall behind, the Chargers are liable to fold, like they have done all season. San Diego has been in such a lull the past few weeks that it seems unthinkable that they could jump out to a fast start, but that is what they will need to do to wake up.

Create some turnovers. In the previous game between these two teams, the Chargers were able to take advantage of some early mistakes by the Broncos. This led to some early points, but they were unable to produce anything after that with turnovers of their own and sloppy special teams play.

Ryan Matthews needs to have a great performance. Matthews is as talented as just about anyone at the running back position, but he has had trouble staying healthy and has a penchant for fumbling the ball. He will need to have over a 100 yards rushing on the day with a score or two for San Diego to pull this one out.

Injuries: The Chargers have suffered many injuries throughout this season. Unfortunately those injuries continue to occur, starting with left tackle Jared Gaither who has missed quite a few games this season and is doubtful for the game this afternoon. Defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin has been ruled out, but Ryan Matthews who missed some practice due to a neck injury, practiced Friday and is listed as questionable. If the Chargers have any intentions of winning this game, Matthews will be playing.

The Denver Broncos have been fortunate all season with the lack of injuries they’ve had to sustain. This week they will be without cornerback Tracy Porter and possibly guard Chris Kuper as well. Elvis Dumervil is questionable, but I would expect him to play in a division game like this one.

Final Analysis: Unless something unforeseen happens, the Chargers have snowball’s chance in hell in this game. The Broncos will repay San Diego for the torment they have suffered at the hands of the Chargers over the past five years. Denver 32 San Diego 20.

Norv Turner and A.J. Smith Connected at the Hip

No one really understands how Norv Turner is still the head coach of the San Diego Chargers. He has seemingly been on the media’s hot seat ever since his 13-3 Chargers lost at home in the 2009 Divisional Round to the 9-7 New York Jets. Since that time his Chargers teams have been less than impressive, but he has been able to hold on to his job, while under performing with a very talented team.

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There two explanations for why Norv Turner is still the head coach of the Chargers. One being that Philip Rivers likes Norv Turner and San Diego does not want to upset their franchise quarterback, who by the way, is beginning to look less and less like a franchise QB.

The other more plausible reason for Turner’s tenure lasting so long is that A.J. Smith likes him and uses him as a sort of puppet head coach, with Smith really calling the shots. Smith has been the most vocal general managers in the NFL and being so vocal has not done him any favors, just made him look bad in some instances.

If the Chargers do not use their bye week productively and make a strong playoff push in the second half of this season, it is very likely that this will be the final year of Smith and Turner together. I would not be surprised if both men were let go if the season does not end well. A playoff win or two will be the only thing that saves these guys from unemployment.

Towelgate Continues to Unfold

Jay Glazer made it known on Monday that the San Diego Chargers were being investigated for using an illegal sticky substance during their last game against the Denver Broncos. That substance was on a towel that the players used to wipe on their hands or gloves. According to the NFL, there is nothing allowed that adds tack to a player’s uniform or gloves, that is not already on the gloves.

This towel that San Diego was using, could have belonged to the manufacturer Gorilla Gold, who have stated that they had been providing these “Grip Enhancing” towels to football teams for years. The resin that is used on these towels does not leave any residue on the ball, so it is quite easy to understand how the referees may have not noticed this beforehand.

Unfortunately for the Chargers, this extra stickiness has not exactly helped their receivers. San Diego’s receivers have dropped too many passes this year and now considering they may have been using this Gorilla Gold to improve upon that, makes it look even worse.

The NFL has yet to decide on how to discipline the Chargers for this infraction. I would not expect too harsh of a penalty Perhaps a simple fine, but the NFL has been inconsistent in their fines before.

Gaither Doubtful for Monday Night Football

Left tackle Jared Gaither injured his groin last Sunday against the Saints. His injury allowed Martez Wilson to sack and strip Philip Rivers on the final play of the game. Norv Turner said that Gaither should have taken himself out of the game, but as I said before, Turner should have been aware of what’s happening on the field and personally made the decision to put Mike Harris in.

Well that decision appears to be happening earlier this week, with Gaither being listed as doubtful for Monday night’s game against the Broncos. Mike Harris will be playing instead and should have his hands full with Elvis Dumervil and Vonn Miller on the other side of the ball.