It is hard for many of us to think that losing possibly the best player in franchise history and a shoe in hall of famer is a good thing, but it is. In interviews with the San Diego Union Tribune, Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates both stated that is probably for the best that L.T. has moved on. L.T. will always be one of my favorite players and I know he is a really good guy, one of the things I like the most about him. He wasn’t flashy he didn’t dance in the end-zone. He just got the job done time after time. He is in my top 5 running-backs of all time. With all this taken into consideration, the Chargers will be a much better team on offense in 2010 without the pro bowl back. This team has been built around the arm and leadership of one of the best quarterbacks in the league, in Philip Rivers. It was shown time and time again last year that giving the ball to L.T. did nothing but slow the offense down. The Chargers were the 31st rank team in rushing last season and although there is many factors that go into this I can guarantee that with Rookie running-back Ryan Matthews in the backfield the Chargers will rank much higher this year. I like the way the Chargers use sproles as a scat back with screens and draws and I’m looking for them to use Matthews for goal line situations, and to hopefully bust out five yard runs with ease unlike L.T. last year. The Chargers don’t need a back to run for 1,500 yards they just need an explosive strong back to pick up 3-5 yards here and there to keep the chains moving. This is something Matthews can surly do. So the Chargers will be riding the arm of Rivers in 2010 and I don’t think anyone will have a problem with that.
My top five backs of all time are- Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Jim Brown, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Marshall Faulk. With Eric Dickerson very close. Sorry Emmit Smith.
About the Author
Written by Jeff Burke
I am 25 years old living in sunny San Diego. I am married to my beautiful wife Kara. I have been a Chargers and Padres fan through the good times and the bad. I played baseball at Poway high school and Monterey Peninsula college. I have won eight fantasy championships on yahoo since 2001.