Los Angeles Chargers Coach Reveals Bold Vision For Offense

Greg Roman, Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
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Los Angeles Chargers fans are more optimistic than they have been in a long time thanks to the hiring of head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Harbaugh, who is fresh off guiding the University of Michigan to the NCAA championship, is a proven winner, and he is also someone who knows how to build a strong team culture and identity.

He is known for his pound-and-ground football philosophy, and it is one that worked well with the Wolverines, as well as with the San Francisco 49ers, the last NFL team he coached from 2011 to 2014.

Harbaugh has brought Greg Roman, his old offensive coordinator from his days with the 49ers, to the Chargers, and it has led some fans to believe that the two will not take advantage of the rocket launcher arm that star quarterback Justin Herbert possesses.

But Roman did tell the media that he does want Los Angeles to have some balance between running and throwing the football.

The Chargers’ offense has a lot of question marks

Roman spent the last four seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, another team that plays old-school pound-and-ground football. In fact, the Chargers acquired two former Ravens running backs — Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins — this offseason to make up for the loss of Austin Ekeler, their featured RB for the last five seasons.

The team doesn’t have any viable threats at wide receiver right now — Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, their two big threats there the last few years, are gone. They’re hoping Ladd McConkey, their second-round draft pick this year, will develop into a legitimate weapon.

One thing Harbaugh has apparently emphasized right away that should help and become a foundational philosophy is a strong, hard-hitting offensive line.

L.A. already had Rashawn Slater, a Pro Bowl-caliber left tackle, but the right side of the offensive line was a concern. Thus, it took Joe Alt, a very promising and imposing offensive tackle, with the No. 5 pick in April’s draft.

Assuming Alt, who is 6-foot-8 and 322 pounds, develops into a star and makes the transition from left tackle, the position he played at the University of Notre Dame, to right tackle, it will at least give Herbert the time and protection he needs to be his best. That time and protection could also help someone such as McConkey reach his full potential, although one has to wonder what exactly his full potential is at this point.

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