Morning Links: Ground game still important

Good morning. ESPN’s John Clayton says teams that let their running games slip too much are having trouble winning games. Even though the Chargers are a pass-first team, they are still averaging a respectable 105 rushing yards a contest. Keeping that balance going is important for San Diego.


Teams don't need to average 125 rushing yards a game to be winners, but based on what we are seeing this year, if the ground game gets totally grounded, bad things will happen in the win-loss column.

In this ESPN Insider piece, Steve Muench takes a closer look at smaller running backs like Darren Sproles and Danny Woodhead that will be available in next year’s draft. Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas tops the list.

ESPN’s Rich Cimini reports running back Miguel Maysonet has been added to San Diego’s practice squad.

Dan Hanzus of NFL.com writes that San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers is one of 10 players who have been a surprise with their play through the first four games.

Adam Caplan reports the Chargers worked out former Raiders center Alan Parsons and ex-Colts running back Delone Carter this week.

Debbi Baker and Susan Shroder of U-T San Diego report that a man who took part in a brawl in the parking lot of Qualcomm Stadium after the Chargers-Cowboys game was arrested.

Ricky Henne, writing for the San Diego Chargers web site, breaks down the upcoming Chargers-Raiders matchup.