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Mailbag: RB Rotation, Floyd, New Addition & More
Q: Not a question, but I just wanted to let Coach McCoy and Coach Whis know how much I love how we’re using our running backs. Ryan’s hitting them hard. Danny’s killing it out of the backfield. Ronnie is proving he can still get it done at 31. Well done guys! - Frank Barr
A: I agree with you, Frank, in that the rotation has worked out quite nicely for the Chargers so far. Head Coach Mike McCoy has repeatedly said using multiple running backs is key as it keeps the RBs fresh, and that has appeared to work out well so far. Ryan Mathews has gotten the bulk of the carries with 29 of the 51 rushes, averaging 3.7 yards per carry. Danny Woodhead has toted the rock nine times for 27 yards, but you’re right in that his biggest contributions have been via the air, where he is tied for the team lead with 10 receptions for 53 yards. And Ronnie Brown has been effective as well, averaging 5.3 yards per carry on eight attempts while recording three receptions. Also it is worth noting that the backs have done a good job in pass protection as well.
Q: What’s the status on Malcom Floyd? We need him healthy. – Ossie Apalategui
A: The latest news I have is from Monday when McCoy and Floyd both addressed the media, which you can find here. The official diagnosis is a neck sprain and he is unlikely to play this week.
Q: Who is this Crezdon Butler guy we signed? I don’t know much about him. Why did we sign him? – Jarron Jones
A: I’ll answer your last question first, which is that General Manager Tom Telesco and Head Coach Mike McCoy have vowed since their opening press conferences in January to upgrade the roster by any means necessary. It appears that is what happened with Crezdon Butler, who they feel is an upgrade for the Chargers defense. You can read this article about Butler to learn more about the new Bolts cornerback.
Q: Another 10 o’clock start this week. I don’t like those or think they are very fair to the west coast teams. Do you agree? – Joe Bull
A: There are always going to be obstacles teams have to overcome, especially on the road. But for those who think the Chargers fare poorly traveling east and playing in the early games, our PR department came up with an interesting stat. Over the past 10 seasons, the Chargers are 22-17 when playing at 10:00am.
Q: Mr. Henne. I would have killed to be in that locker room after the game. That game had me going berserk!!! How happy was it in there? – Marcus Gary Callahan
A: Happy would be an understatement, but now, it’s all about moving on to Week 3 against the Titans. Still, if you want to know what it was like in the locker room, you can check it out for yourself! Watch Mike McCoy’s speech here and watch Dean Spanos give out game balls here.