Chargers’ McCoy defends Gordon from rampant criticism

Melvin Gordon was lambasted by fans and critics alike after a disappointing rookie season, and San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy is fed up.

McCoy came to the defense of the 2015 first-round pick, while making it clear that Gordon is still culpable for his mistakes.

"I'm going to make one thing clear about Melvin, ok?" McCoy said via the Chargers' official website. "It's not Melvin Gordon (that is) the running game. Let's make that clear right now. I want to stop talking about him individually. In order for Melvin Gordon to have success in our system, the other 10 guys have got to do their jobs better. And Melvin's got to do his job better, too. He'll tell you some things he has to clean up. But I get a little sick talking about one guy on offense when there are 10 other guys out there. I want to make sure from day one (to point out) the entire team has got to run the ball better."

Gordon rushed for 641 yards on 184 carries last season, failing to crack the 100-yard mark in a single game. Although he became a magnet for criticism, Gordon ran behind an offensive line that was depleted by injuries.

The 23-year-old enters his second season as the clear starter and remains self-assured after taking a year to figur out the pace of professional football.

"I definitely feel more confident," Gordon said. "I feel more confident about the playbook and I feel more confident in myself. You had a whole year pretty much to kind of figure things out. You kind of know how the games are going to be and you kind of know how everything's going to be. So right now, it’s just about just trying to improve and better yourself for the team."

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