Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Chargers to supplement dynamic Herbert in 24

The Los Angeles Chargers are putting in place plans to build a strong running attack around franchise QB Justin Herbert according to new offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

“Can you imagine Justin Herbert with a great running game?” Roman said. “We don’t know, but I can imagine what it might look like. So that’s kind of the vision.” The Chargers ranked 25th in the NFL in rushing in 2023, and were 13th for most sacks allowed.

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“I think in this league, you can really, really help dictate the defenses if you have a strong running attack,” Roman said. “If you really talk to most defensive coordinators in this league and got ’em off to the side when they’re playing a really good running team, they’re sweating a little bit. They’re sleeping a little less that week.”

“It’s going to be a little different,” Roman said. “I think you’re going to see probably a multiple running game. You’ll probably see the use of motions and shifting, and then you’ll see a pretty diverse passing game.”

“Right now, everybody’s got a blank slate of who we can be or what we can do. Could be anything right now, our principles and whatnot of what we do offensively won’t change, but how they come to life on the field will.”

“We’ll give it to anybody that can gain yards,” Roman said. “And then will Justin run the ball? It’ll probably be more as a scrambler. Will we have some of that other stuff in our back pocket? Remains to be seen.”

Roman was previously offensive coordinator with the Ravens in 2019-2022 and is clearly looking to build more of that running ethos into the Chargers offense over the coming years. He also coached with new Chargers HC Jim Harbaugh with the 49ers in 2011-2014.

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