With most of the talk coming out of San Diego being centered on whether or not the Chargers will join the Rams in Inglewood, another story went unnoticed. On Wednesday it was announced that former Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt would be returning to his former post as the Chargers offensive coordinator. Whisenhunt last held the position in 2013 when he turned San Diego’s offense into a top five unit and guided Philip Rivers to one of his best seasons in the NFL. In addition to turning Rivers into a touchdown machine (32 on the year), He also helped Ryan Mathews rush for more than a thousand yards for only the second time in his career. This should all be music to Charger fans’ ears as he tries to resurrect an offense that was decimated by multiple injuries along the offensive line and receiving corps in 2015.
Speaking of the offensive line, Whisenhunt’s first order of business will be to find a group of lineman who can block for second year man Melvin Gordon, whose rookie year left much to be desired. Touted as one of the better players coming out of last Aprils’ draft, San Diego selected Gordon to be the true successor to LaDainian Tomlinson. Unfortunately, things didn’t pan out as Gordon only rushed for 641 yards on 184 attempts, never reaching the end zone once. His pedestrian season came to an early end after being placed on IR with a knee injury following Week 15. While Gordon’s play was only part of San Diego’s issues last season, It’ll be the key to their success next season.
Nonetheless, if San Diego is going to recapture their 2013 magic, Wednesday was a step in the right direction. Now all there is left to do is make sure that key players like Keenan Allen can stay healthy for an entire season. If they can do that, the Chargers will definitely start to trend in the right direction.