Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
Let's not mince words: The Chargers' running game against the Raiders was absolutely terrible.
The Chargers finished the game with a paltry 32 yards on 20 carries.
Curtis Brinkley had 10 carries for 12 yards, and Ronnie Brown ran for five yards on five carries.
Eleven of the Chargers' 32 yards came on a trick play by Eddie Royal.
The Chargers' poor performance on the ground can be attributed in part to the offensive line.
The offensive line failed to get any push at the line of scrimmage against the Raiders' physical defensive line.
Very few holes were opened up in the run game, which means that Brown and Brinkley had nowhere to go.
Ryan Mathews has the quickness to make something out of nothing, but Brown and Brinkley do not.
If Brown and Brinkley do not produce early in the next game, it might be a good idea to let Le'Ron McClain tote the ball more often.
McClain ran for 902 yards and 10 touchdowns with the Baltimore Ravens in the 2008 season. He only averaged 3.9 yards per carry, but he wore down defenses with his powerful running style.