“The San Francisco 49ers have traded their first-round pick to the San Diego Chargers and the Chargers are now on the clock. With their first selection in the 2015 NFL draft, the San Diego Chargers select Melvin Gordon, running back, Wisconsin.”
Most of San Diego cheered for joy as their team just drafted the flashiest RB in the 2014 collegiate season. Melvin broke records and rushed for more than 2,000 yards his junior year at Wisconsin. He was supposed to be the guy that took the Bolts to the next level on offense, balancing out their passing attack.
But he hasn’t. Not even close.
I wrote an article about him right after he was drafted, describing his flaws and tendencies. I even stated they should not have moved up to grab him. Gordon has done everything I stated he does, and he doesn’t seem to want to fix it. He has fumbled six times (losing four of them) this season, including two (one lost) on Sunday. His indecisiveness seems to prove that he is taking one step forward, but two steps back. His confidence is shot and, quite frankly, hearing the excuses he uses after fumbling and playing poorly are already getting old.
Gordon isn’t the back the Chargers thought they had drafted, but not all of it is his fault.
I get that.
He’s being used very wrong, but in the league in which the fullback position is dying, can you blame the coaches?
If you follow me on Twitter, you know how much crap I give him. I understand it isn’t entirely his fault, but he also isn’t faultless. I understand that his line is hurting him, but watch his runs and you will see THERE ARE HOLES THERE and he isn’t hitting them when he should, or he is completely missing them, making him look like a deer in headlights.
Now, this isn’t supposed to be a bash-Gordon article, because he gets plenty of that from me on Twitter. But this is an open-your-eyes-and-see article that hopefully helps you realize that the Chargers, Tom Telesco, Mike McCoy, and No. 28, are all responsible for his failure and all will be responsible for him being a bust.
Let me know your thoughts and opinions of him in the comment section. The only thing we as fans can hope for is that he grows up, works hard and turns out to be a guy we can rely on. But, again, if you have paid attention to my musings on social media, I am not expecting to see the young man doing anything that we haven’t already seen, which isn’t worthy of a first-round selection.
– Zak Darman