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Chargers RB Melvin Gordon fumbling at alarming rate

Good morning.

Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is fumbling at an alarming rate.

According to Krasovic, Gordon is fumbling once every 31 touches, compared to Adrian Peterson’s once every 54.4 touches and Frank Gore’s once every 56 touches this season. During his rookie season, LaDainian Tomlinson fumbled once every 50 touches.

“You have to forget about it,” Gordon told reporters Wednesday. “If you’re going out there thinking about the fumbles, nine times out of 10 you’ll fumble again. So I’m just going to go out there thinking about making plays and winning the game.”

My take: I expressed how I felt about the issue earlier this week, and that hasn’t changed. Fumbling is something that can be corrected with practice, and running backs have to play in order to get the issue corrected.

The Wall Street Journal published a pretty cool graphic on the NFL coaching tree that traces the influences of every person who has served as a head coach in the league. It’s definitely worth your time this morning.

My take: Probably should have paid more attention to the fact that Josh McDaniels is part of Mike McCoy’s coaching tree.

Nate Davis of USA Today places McCoy at No. 3 in his coaching hot seat rankings. Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine is No. 1.

Davis: “The Bolts are circling the drain and have been especially putrid at home -- though maybe that will ease their seemingly inevitable relocation north. But will McCoy go with them? He admitted Sunday that he, unlike GM Tom Telesco, has not had his contract extended.”

My take: No. 3 seems about right.

On the Los Angeles stadium front, NFL Nation Rams reporter Nick Wagoner writes that Eric Grubman, the league executive in charge of the NFL’s move to Los Angeles, told a St. Louis radio station that none of the three home markets have a compelling plan to keep the teams there.

My take: It’s the first time someone from the league office has said publicly the stadium plan in St. Louis will not meet the NFL’s threshold, and likely opens the door for a contentious battle between Chargers owner Dean Spanos and St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke that will be decided at the NFL owners meeting Jan. 12-13 in Houston on what teams earn the right to relocate to L.A.