The question to running back Melvin Gordon seemed straightforward. Did the Chargers under first-year coach Anthony Lynn, try to force the run a little too much earlier this season?
The answer zigzagged like a meandering mountain stream.
“Uh, probably … um … not really,” Gordon said. “Actually, I don’t know, maybe.”
Yeah, it’s complicated.
Lynn, a running backs coach for 14 of his 17 years as an NFL assistant, came to the Chargers preaching the importance of the run. He knew he had a gunslinger of a quarterback in veteran Philip Rivers, but he also had a workhorse of a runner in Gordon and the makings of an improved offensive line.
“The last couple of years,...