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Bolts using more tight end formations

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Friday, August 6, 2010 at 9:42 p.m.

    Kris Wilson lined up wide right, Randy McMichael tight on the same side and Antonio Gates in the slot on the left. Tailback Ryan Mathews stood a few yards behind Philip Rivers before breaking wide left, emptying the backfield.

    The Chargers used three tight ends on just 38 snaps last season, but if training camp is any indication they will use it much more this season. And in varied ways.
    “I’m just anxious to see what defenses try to do,” said Gates, who is defended by defenses as a receiver much of the time anyway.

    “… You can’t leave all these defensive backs out there, because then basically we have the running game to our favor. We have three tight ends who can beat linebackers. It’s forcing (defenses) to decide: ‘Do you put linebackers in the game? Do you put extra safeties in the game? Do you leave corners in the game?’ It’s got options.”

    The increase in the look is made possible by the fact that the Chargers have three quick, pass-catching tight ends and is partly to try to make up for the anticipated absence of wide receiver Vincent Jackson.

    “Absolutely,” head coach Norv Turner said. “It’s a combination … Vincent is not here, but Gates is awfully good on the outside.”

    Most teams use three tight ends in a run formation (the Chargers ran 30 times in the set last year). But McMichael, signed this offseason, was at one time one of the league’s top pass-catching tight ends. Wilson is probably the fastest of the three and showed last year he can catch well.

    Rivers’ face lights up as he talks about the possibilities.

    “We can run every play out of that because of the guys we have,” he said. “… We’re playing around with it. We’ll see where it takes us.”

    Big old FB

    Remember when Lorenzo Neal and LaDainian Tomlinson were automatic near the goal line? Neal busting heads, Tomlinson fighting through his wake.

    Well, after two Neal-less seasons, the Chargers are looking at tackle Antonio Garay in the role of occasional goal-line fullback.

    “We’ll see what he can do,” Turner said of the 6-foot-4, 320-pound Garay. “It has to be the right guy. He’s a good athlete.”
  2. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    I'm certain that the uncertainty at LT is a factor in practicing this formation as well.

    Garay at goal line FB? :icon_shrug:

    I say hand the ball to Martin. :icon_toast:

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