McCoy: Hard-running Gordon is Chargers' bell cow

San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon (28) runs with the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
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SAN DIEGO (AP) Even if the San Diego Chargers continue to struggle for an identity, Melvin Gordon isn't.

For the second day in a row, coach Mike McCoy referred to the second-year running back as a ''bell cow.''

Gordon led the herd all right, running for a career-high 196 yards in helping the Chargers hold off the Tennessee Titans 43-35 on Sunday. It was the ninth-highest total in franchise history and the most since LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 198 against Oakland on Oct. 14, 2007

Gordon's NFL-high 11th touchdown was a go-ahead, 1-yard run in the third quarter.

Says McCoy: ''The way we ran the football, that was outstanding, with Melvin being the bell cow and really just pounding it home and being the physical runner that he is.''

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