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Chargers in rush to get running game fixed

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  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Goal-line execution not being executed

    By Kevin Acee
    Union-Tribune Staff Writer
    9:44 p.m. October 29, 2009





    SAN DIEGO — Jacob Hester blocked a safety out wide, Brandon Manumaleuna and Brandyn Dombrowski walled off the end inside, and Louis Vasquez sprinted across to bowling ball a linebacker and another safety as LaDainian Tomlinson squirted past on his way into the end zone.
    But then, that never officially happened, as referee Peter Morelli didn't register Dombrowski reporting as an eligible receiver.
    The Chargers were moved back 5 yards.
    After getting to the 2-yard line and then the 1, the Chargers attempted the same play (with Dombrowski in, running Tomlinson left) on third and fourth down.
    They came up short both times, a little slow here, a little off there. A little too close here, not wide enough there.
    “Just a little bit, and that's the difference,” Tomlinson said.
    Set aside the fact that Chargers coach Norv Turner wouldn't have run the ball four straight times had the Chargers not been up by 20 points late in the third quarter. He was letting his line and running back have at it.
    “We can be a good goal-line team,” Turner said. “It was a chance for us to go after them. I know what our guys want to do. We were down there. They want to run the football, and I gave them a chance to do it.”
    The Chargers' 135 rushing yards Sunday at Kansas City were 58 more than their previous season high and 78 more than their season average.
    Tomlinson ran for a season-high 71 yards on a season-high 23 carries.
    The Chargers were averaging fewer than seven runs of 4 or more yards in their first five games. They had 12 Sunday. They still have a league-low eight runs of 10-or-more yards, but they had three of those against the Chiefs, including their first two of more than 19 yards.
    There were holes on Sunday.
    Just not by the goal line.
    There almost never is.
    “We have some work to do down there,” Turner said.
    With their big-play offense, ranked 13th in the league in total yardage, the Chargers have driven themselves into nine goal-to-go situations inside the 5-yard line this season. That's tied for second-most in the league.
    Those prolific opportunities have yielded just three touchdowns, a 33-percent success rate that is second-worst in the league.
    That includes just one rushing touchdown.
    The Chargers coaching staff looks at every play every week, and this week took particular interest in the team's rushes down by the goal line.
    “We need to execute better,” Turner said.
    And while plenty may argue that the play-calling needs to change – that, for instance, the Chargers need to take better advantage of their tall receiving targets – there is an explanation for every one of those plays not working.
    Whether it is a block missed or not held long enough, a runner taking the wrong angle . . .
    “Everything just needs to be tighter down in there,” right guard Louis Vasquez said.
    There is something to be said, too, for the Chiefs having seen what the Chargers did on that initial play and playing the final two well. Sometimes it is the defense making plays.
    “(The defense) has less responsibility playing inside 10 yards,” Manumaleuna said. “Us hitting the deep plays is kind of ineffective down there.”
    Plus, the Chargers have played four of the top 11 goal-to-go defenses and six of the top 13 red-zone defenses in the NFL.
    The Raiders, while ranked 30th against the run, are seventh in red-zone scoring and tied for ninth in goal-to-go scoring.
    So while the Chargers could continue to get well in the middle of the field, they will face a challenge fixing the crucial plays near the goal line.
    Because no matter the circumstances, whether the Chiefs knew what was coming in that Sunday series, the Chargers know this:
    “We still should have got in there,” left guard Kris Dielman said.
     
  2. wrbanwal

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    Jacob Hester blocked a safety out wide, Brandon Manumaleuna and Brandyn Dombrowski walled off the end inside, and Louis Vasquez sprinted across to bowling ball a linebacker and another safety as LaDainian Tomlinson squirted past on his way into the end zone.
    But then, that never officially happened, as referee Peter Morelli didn't register Dombrowski reporting as an eligible receiver.
    The Chargers were moved back 5 yards.
    After getting to the 2-yard line and then the 1, the Chargers attempted the same play (with Dombrowski in, running Tomlinson left) on third and fourth down.



    Lemmie get this straight,

    They called the same play 3 times in the same goal line series???


    WTF NORV???

    :icon_huh:
     
  3. in_a_days

    in_a_days dgaf

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    Those are the teams you can expect to also face in the playoffs... better find a way to score on 'em. :yes:
     

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