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Broncos’ O stealing from Chargers

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, May 21, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Posted May 20, 2010
    By Mike Klis

    Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said earlier this week his offense would use more two-back sets on running downs this year. He added he, like all NFL coaches, steal formations and plays each offseason from teams who have demonstrated success with them. For proof, look at the Wildcat. Miami isn’t the only team running it.
    Anyway, no team uses the two-back set like the San Diego Chargers. It’s why fullback Lorenzo Neal kept going to the Pro Bowl every year. I don’t study these things but I talk to people who do and they say that if you look at it, the Chargers and defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints get remarkable passing production out of running sets. Two backs and one tight end; one back and two tight ends, that kind of thing.
    The Saints’ Drew Brees and the Chargers’ Philip Rivers combined for 62 TD passes and more than 8,600 passing yards last year. Again, I’m not the expert but perhaps there’s something about the pass coming a little easier when the defense is honoring the run.
    The Chargers are not a three-receiver, spread-them-out team. Then again, when you have a tight end like Antonio Gates, who needs a third wide out?
    For the Broncos, adjustments to their short passing game is necessary following the departure of Brandon Marshall. The increase in two-back sets is a way to get H-back-like tight end Marquez Branson and ferocious lead blocker Spencer Larsen on the field. If it means a few less receiver screens — and we can only hope — and more running plays, so be it.
    Something else about the two-back sets: They normally line up with the quarterback not in the shotgun but under center. I don’t need to seek out film-studyers to wonder if it isn’t more difficult for running backs to run out of the shotgun. It’s kind of like the difference between the standing and running long jump. A couple steps momentum into the handoff might help Knowshon Moreno take off on a few more 20-yard runs. (He had just two in 247 carries last year).
    The past four seasons, five out of the last six, the Chargers have finished first in the AFC West and the Broncos have finished second. It’s seems like the Broncos stealing from the Chargers is long overdue.


    http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2010/05/20/broncos-o-stealing-from-chargers/
     
  2. RM24

    RM24 BoltTalker

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    Time to put Mathews and Tolbert/Hester in a 2 back set this season! :abq2:
     
  3. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

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    Nice so Den is gonna do their best to stay in 2nd place. Dont see them lasting much longer vs OAK and KC. I like to see KC or OAK get it done and take 2nd away from them.
     

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