San Diego Chargers: 5 Reasons Why the Bolts' Running Game Will Be Back in 2011

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San Diego Chargers: 5 Reasons Why the Bolts' Running Game Will Be Back in 2011
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The 2010 NFL season was a disappointment of sorts for the San Diego Chargers and their fanbase. Aside from the Chargers not winning the AFC West for the first time in five years, the team was unimpressive in other facets of the game.

An immediate letdown occurred when Pro Bowlers Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill decided to hold out for a lucrative contract for their services. McNeill missed five games of the season before returning to the Chargers offensive line while Jackson missed 11 before returning to his role as the No. 1 wide receiver.

More importantly, though, is that San Diego's ability to run the ball was less than stellar. After drafting Ryan Mathews No. 12 overall in the 2010 NFL draft, the speculation was that the Chargers running game would be greatly improved.

With McNeill missing games, Mathews' injuries and Philip Rivers having to put the offense on his back, the once dominating running game of the Chargers finished 15th in the league at 113.1 yards per game. While that's neither great nor awful, it's not up to the standards that San Diego football has in mind.    

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