Ahhh, the tea unclouds and the future looks a wee bit more clear. "Sources" (according to the NFL Network) are saying that RB Melvin Gordon plans on reporting somewhere from Week 6 to Week 8. Thus the Chargers' path to the Super Bowl just got some needed clarity.
It's not the ideal situation. Not at all. The "ideal" situation would be for the Chargers to have all of their starts healthy, practicing and ready for week 1.It's good to want things. In reality, the club is in a much better situation than last years injury-riddled camp left them, however, there are still mountains to climb.
Chargers Path to Super Bowl
The Boltz need to come out of the first 8 weeks of the season with a solid record. Much easier to type than perform, the schedule is not friendly but it could be worse. Colts, Lions, Texans, and Dolphins should leave the team at .500 or above. The next four are Broncos, Steelers, Titans and the Bears. Ouch.
At about the same time the club would (presumably) be getting Gordon back they would also be getting all-world defensive back Derwin James back into the fold from his injury rehab and the talent shot in the arm could not come at a better time as the schedule heats up in the second half.
The die has been cast. The lots are clear. RB's Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson will attempt to fill the position and (of course) QB Philip Rivers and company will try and do what they do, move the ball in chunks.
8 weeks of a slow-boiling soup that will reveal the impact of Melvin Gordon's and the team's decisions. Make no mistake, this situation is on BOTH parties. It indeed does take two to tango. That being said, will not coming to an accommodation cost the club and Phillip Rivers their (perhaps) last, best shot at the Lombardi?
Chapter one unfolds today.
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