According to Chargers.com, head coach Norv Turner plans to use a two-back system this year. “That’s the mindset now. … I think if you have guys that are diverse, you can use two,” said Turner, referring to speedy early-down back Ryan Mathews and versatile power runner Mike Tolbert. “The emergence of Tolbert gives us a chance to have a one-two punch.
Tolbert gives us a nice changeup. Obviously he’s a physical, hard-to-tackle, punishing runner and Ryan has great speed.” Tolbert may end up getting as many carries as Mathews even though he is listed second on the depth chart. Mathews is expected to miss the Chargers preseason opener with a “slight” muscle strain in his upper leg.
The use of the two back system for the Chargers in 2011 may make them a better team, but it’s going to drive fantasy football players batty if it’s indeed a system that lasts the whole season.