So, the question is: Is he a distraction - Chargers RB Melvin Gordon limited to 31 yards on 12 carries

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wrbanwal

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https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/27786818/melvin-gordon-los-angeles-chargers-held-31-yards-12-carries

Quarterback Philip Rivers expects a more dynamic Gordon once he gets up to speed with the offense again.

"It was his first game back, and his first game touching the ball live, full speed since January," Rivers said. "He played hard and ran hard, like we know him to do.

"But I think when we all take a look at it, maybe there's a cut here and there that he could have made -- maybe not -- but I thought we had some good 4-, 5- and 6-yard runs. Just all in all, it wasn't good enough collectively."
 

Harryo the K

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I don't think Gordon meant he was as good as Zeke but he did say “no one supported him”...
I read that as Chargers admin. and the "certain players". He'll sign elsewhere and be an excellent back.

 
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Rivers is the distraction.
Probably partially true, but his mediocre performance thus far is more due to the poor OL play. The real distraction is probably the fact they have to play road games at “home” in a stadium that equates to a Double-A baseball park. They have to know they play for an owner who has no interest in winning (nor any demonstrated ability to even get the franchise into a winning mode), the owner only cares about increasing the team’s value - which is questionable given the laughingstock trajectory they’re on, not even being a franchise in America’s #2 market can help them.
 
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Probably partially true, but his mediocre performance thus far is more due to the poor OL play. The real distraction is probably the fact they have to play road games at “home” in a stadium that equates to a Double-A baseball park. They have to know they play for an owner who has no interest in winning (nor any demonstrated ability to even get the franchise into a winning mode), the owner only cares about increasing the team’s value - which is questionable given the laughingstock trajectory they’re on, not even being a franchise in America’s #2 market can help them.
NBC sports preseason fantasy football call (prophetic):

28. Los Angeles Chargers. Philip Rivers has always managed to make do with a poor offensive line. He’ll have to make do again this year. Left tackle Russell Okung is very good, but he has had trouble staying healthy. The same can be said of center Mike Pouncey. Elsewhere, the guards aren’t very good and unless Forrest Lamp can finally live up to his second-round billing, the Chargers line will struggle. Again, Rivers is used to this, but it could keep Melvin Gordon from repeating his success on the ground last year, when he totaled 885 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns while averaging 5.1 yards per carry.