Melvin Gordon

Chargers have made their run in AFC West with the pass, and Redskins are next on flight plan

Chargers have made their run in AFC West with the pass, and Redskins are next on flight plan

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,...

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