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Old 06-12-2012, 07:14 PM
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Dude maybe you should listen to what the Chargers are saying. Mathews is the 3rd down back. They are returning to the way they played the RBs with LT.

Brinkley is likely to be the primary backup to Mathews. Brown isn't a lock to make this team.
Okay dude if you listen to what Brown is being reported as a good third down option. They didn't pick up a straight running back with no hands.
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Chargers running backs coach Ollie Wilson on XTRA Sports 1360

He says Ryan Mathews' development has been similar to other running backs he's coached.

Ollie Wilson: (On Mathews) This year there's been a real change in his understanding of what we're trying to do offensively, his understanding of protections, his understanding of the run game. I think that's a natural situation with a third year back. That being said, until we get into live bullets, we won't know for sure.

Interviewer: How do you like Ronnie Brown?

Ollie Wilson: I like him a lot. He's a smart guy. He's been in the league a long time. He's well tested. He's a professional. In the first couple days he's been here, he's got a real good feel for our group.

The personnel and Norv who knew Ronnie did a good job of saying "Ok, this guy is going to fit what we're doing."

I just spent 2 1/2 hours with him getting him up to speed. The great thing about it is he's been through a lot of different offenses so a lot of it is just relating terminology more than anything else. I'm excited about him being here.

Interviewer: Has anyone else been standing out to you?

Ollie Wilson: I've always been a fan of Curtis Brinkley. I think he's got a lot of good run skills.

The two young guys, Edwin Baker and Mike Hayes are great runners. I think they've got a chance.

We don't pick our team now. We pick them during pre season when we see what they can do against competition.

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Again I think Brown's fate is really a matter of numbers. If they need an extra player somewhere RB is the position that they can logically go light on when they draw up the Sept 53 man roster. They have options with McClain and guys they can stash on the PS.
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I don't see McClain being used as a replacement, if RM gets injured. I see McClain being brought in, to give Norv that Moose Johnson type FB.
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I'm talking about instead of carrying a #3RB. McClain could be viewed as the #3RB if they decide not to carry another RB besides Brinkley. It would simply be a game contingency as they can stash one or two RBs on the PS to bring up if they are needed. Normally the #3RB gets very few if any game snaps during the season and is generally a STs player. I don't see Brown as a STs player per se.
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Our running game should be very good, but not great like in year's past.

But a very good running game + a great passing game can = AFC West Champs!
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If it can be a top 10 run game, with the pass offense and the possible good to great defense, it could be a good year.
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If it can be a top 10 run game, with the pass offense and the possible good to great defense, it could be a good year.
One step at a time. I'll be happy with a defense that can get more pressure on the QB and get off the field on 3rd down and hand the ball over to the offense for a change. If they break the top 12 in defense, that may well be enough improvement with our offense...barring injuries.
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I agree that the passing attack will take a lot of pressure off the run game. It will be used more to control the game and as a threat in the Red Zone. If that is the case then having another RB behind Brinkley isn't a big priority or need.

They aren't going to have a 3rd down back as Mathews will be playing those snaps. Brinkley is also capable of being a 3 down RB as well. I don't foresee Mathews getting more than 20 carries a game, and in some probably less.

If Baker or Hayes looks good they can simply stash them on the PS and they can be activated if needed. I just don't see the need to carry another RB, especially one that probably won't be much of a factor if any on STs.

Brown needs to play STs to justify carrying him as the #3RB. The only way he makes this team IMO is if he beats out Brinkley as the #2RB. I'm not sure he can.
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I agree that the passing attack will take a lot of pressure off the run game. It will be used more to control the game and as a threat in the Red Zone. If that is the case then having another RB behind Brinkley isn't a big priority or need.

They aren't going to have a 3rd down back as Mathews will be playing those snaps. Brinkley is also capable of being a 3 down RB as well. I don't foresee Mathews getting more than 20 carries a game, and in some probably less.


If Baker or Hayes looks good they can simply stash them on the PS and they can be activated if needed. I just don't see the need to carry another RB, especially one that probably won't be much of a factor if any on STs.

Brown needs to play STs to justify carrying him as the #3RB. The only way he makes this team IMO is if he beats out Brinkley as the #2RB. I'm not sure he can.
It really depends on how each game goes. Mathews will be very active in close contests. We've seen that every reg season game counts and there'll be no championships for teams that are not in the tourney. An avg of 20 carries per is @ right IMO.
Ronnie Brown is a lock as the #2 RB if he's healthy and committed to winning. He's a vet with talent and a complete player.
I believe the 2012 Chargers want to go as far as possible this year. That won't include cutting healthy vet talent unless the young depth is better in every respect (which would not be a bad thing but I don't see it as yet).
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