San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt plans on improving the team’s run game this upcoming season, after the unit ranked No. 31 in the NFL last season.
“The one thing that stands out is we need to run the football better than we did last year,” Whisenhunt said to NFL.com. “There is no blame associated there, as there are always factors that are involved. But that is probably the biggest thing we have to do, because then your play action builds off of that, your time of possession increases where you can control the ball and you are in better third down situations.”
First on the list of improving the ground game will be jump-starting the young career of the team’s first-round pick last year, Melvin Gordon.
Gordon didn’t score in his rookie season and averaged just 3.5 yards per rush while also having trouble holding onto the football.
“Obviously one thing that jumps into everybody’s mind are his fumbles, but if you think back to Tiki Barber and what a great player he was, well he struggled with fumbles early on, too. So let’s not panic about that,” Whisenhunt said.
In Whisenhunt’s last stint with the team as offensive coordinator in 2013, running back Ryan Mathews ran for 1,255 yards and the team’s rushing attacked ranked No. 13 in the league.