Ronnie Brown re-signs with Chargers

The San Diego Chargers now have three running backs who all rushed over 200 yards last season. Coming in to Free Agency they only had one legit threat at that position, Ryan Matthews. That is, If you can call him a legit threat. So the signing of Ronnie Brown will bulk up their running back depth chart.

Ronnie re-signed to a 1 year/ $1 million contract.

Ronnie Brown rushed for 4,815 yards with the Miami Dolphins before becoming a Charger.

Ronnie Brown rushed for 4,815 yards with the Miami Dolphins before becoming a Charger.

Ronnie Brown has been in the league for nine years, six of those with the Miami Dolphins. He also played with the Philadelphia Eagles for a year, before signing with the Chargers last June.

His career stats go as follows: 5,171 rushing yards and 1,862 receving yards over the nine seasons he has been in the league. Brown was the second pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.

During his career with the Dolphins, Brown never rushed less than 600 yards in a season. He also never had less than four touchdowns during any of those seasons. During his last two seasons (with the Eagles and Chargers) he has rushed for a total of 356 yards. Only scoring one touchdown during both seasons.

Yet, he has stayed somewhat consistent.

Although the numbers I mentioned earlier are not flashy, his presence on the field was definitely felt. He averaged the same yards per carry as he did in Miami with the Dolphins. He also averaged more receiving yards with the Chargers than he did in any year with Miami (371), besides the 2007 season (389 yards).

Ronnie Brown is a good quality veteran backup, for a position in football that takes a lot of hits.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

The Run is Over

Yesterday’s 30-23 loss to the Denver Broncos epitomizes what the Chargers have become. There was a time period from 2006 until last season that the San Diego Chargers were considered as talented if not more so than any team in the NFL. Poor coaching, overrated quarterback play, and poor drafting later, you now have a below average team struggling to remain relevant.

Everyone knew from the start, except for A.J. Smith of course, that Norv Turner is a bum of a head coach. Sure he is an excellent offensive coordinator, but it has become clear to the ever optimistic person that Norv Turner cannot be a head coach in the National Football League.

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The most shocking regression of the Chargers team is how bad Philip Rivers has become. He is no longer good, he stinks. You can count on him to turn over the ball every game. Not just every now and then, but every single game. Yesterday he fumbled the ball three times, only losing one of them to the Broncos and threw two interceptions, all in a loss. That is about his normal day of work right now. Very impressive.

After getting an interception return for a touchdown by Eric Weddle in the first quarter, Denver took all of the momentum back in the second quarter when they rattled off 17 unanswered points. San Diego was dead and buried before the second half even started. They were down 30-16 before scoring a late touchdown as cosmetic points. On the final possession, Rivers was sacked and lost a fumble to end the game as he walked off the field nonchalantly.

Unfortunately for the Chargers, their season has come to a close with the loss to Denver. There will be major changes with this team, but they will have to finish off the final string of games before those changes are finalized.

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.

The Turning Point

The San Diego Charger’s game in Cleveland could be the most important one this season for the Chargers. If they happen to lose this game, I would think there is little chance that they could win this division or a wild card spot, unless they are able to win it at 9-7. Including this game today the Chargers still have to play the entire AFC North, which may be the strongest division in the AFC. San Diego is going to need to win all of their games against the bad teams left on their schedule and steal a couple against the good teams to set themselves up for a playoff push.

After the terrible loss to Denver on Monday Night before their bye, it is unkown whether this team is going to bounce back. Norv Turner is going to have his team up to the task because although the Browns only have one win, they are a feisty bunch that brings everyone they play to the brink. But as Bill Parcells once said, “You are what your record says you are.”

Keys to the Game: Philip Rivers needs to return to his Pro Bowl self. He does not need to be the best player on the field today to win the game this afternoon. But he cannot be turning over the ball five times. In fact he should not turn the ball over at all against this team. Rivers has seemingly regressed as a player over the last couple of years. Has he really or has the players and the team’s defense eroded. If that is so he still needs to play better than what he he has. Good quarterbacks need to hide the deficiencies of their team.

This defense must tighten up on their coverages this week. Last week Peyton Manning ripped them up in the second half. Quentin Jammer has to play much better than what he did in that game, because he was embarrassed on a couple of plays. Brandon Weeden has surprisingly been pretty good over the last couple of weeks. After a rough start to the season, Weeden has settled in as the starter and has played effectively enough to put Cleveland in positions to win. Having Shareece Wright back in the lineup should give the secondary the depth that they have been missing all year.

Injuries: Shareece Wright and Jared Gaither are probable. And receiver Eddie Royal is questionable. The bye week has definitely allowed the Chargers to regain their health.

As for Cleveland, they are decimated with injuries. What is surprising is that there is a strong chance that Trent Richardson will play after being able to practice throughout the week. Injury prone receiver Mohamed Massaquoi is questionable and defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin is ruled out.

Final Analysis: This game comes down to the most important factor in the NFL. Motivation. In the parity laden NFL, there is not a lot that separates each team in this league. Today’s game is much more important for the Chargers than it is for the Browns and I believe the Chargers will play like that as well. San Diego 28 Cleveland 13.