Despite struggles, Chargers will keep calling runs

The San Diego Chargers have struggled to run the ball, but that won't make them quit trying.

Through three games the Chargers are averaging a pitiful 2.4 yards per carry average (worst in the NFL), but their 97 handoffs places them fifth in attempts.

With both running backs Ryan Mathews (knee) and Danny Woodhead (broken fibula, out for the season) injured, the Chargers will rely on Donald Brown.

Last week that reliance proved faulty.

Brown had 31 rushes for 62 yards (2.0 yards per rush), becoming only the third player in NFL history to have more than 30 rushes in a game and average two or fewer yards per rush.

Offensive coordinator Frank Reich, however, lives by the "if at first you don't succeed try, try, try again" motto.

"Certainly, our run game has been sub-par," Reich said, per U-T San Diego. "But here's what I know: We have a lot of confidence in what we're doing. We have a lot of confidence in the players we have doing it. Even last week, as bad as the run game was in the sense of averaging 2 yards a carry, we're still getting runs called. We're going to keep calling them."

Against a 32nd-ranked Jacksonville Jaguars defense Sunday, we expect Reich to call Brown's name plenty. Rookie Branden Oliver and new addition Shaun Draughn should also see time in the rotation.

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