Melvin Gordon

The Denver Broncos suffered yet another disappointing defeat this week as the team lost to the Los Angeles Chargers in another ugly game. As the team struggled on offense, the Broncos and head coach Nathaniel Hackett appeared to bench running back Melvin Gordon, much to Gordon’s displeasure. But apparently, that wasn’t totally the case.

During his press conference this week, Hackett revealed that Gordon didn’t do anything to deserve getting benched, but that his lack of opportunity was due to the team’s offensive struggles.

“Melvin didn’t do anything wrong. He didn’t,” Hackett said, according to Fox News. “We just didn’t have a lot of plays, and in the end, he didn’t get the reps that he wanted. He’s a competitor. He wants to be out there helping with his team. We’ll sit down and we’ll have a conversation.”

“So the first quarter – he was in on the second quarter – in the third quarter, we didn’t have a lot of football plays,” Hackett told reporters on Wednesday. “We were going three and out. Our plan was to get into manageable third-down situations to be able to move the ball, control the clock. We did and we just didn’t convert on third down. When you are 29% on third down, that’s a hard recipe for success.”

Gordon and the Broncos will have a chance to rebound from the performance next week against the New York Jets.

[Fox News]