Solutions to the Chargers Crappy Red Zone Offense

let the baby giraffe do it

We SUCK when we get to the red zone! We have to start getting a little more creative with our playcalling down in that area. Running the ball up the middle with Mike Tolbert is getting to feel like running the ball up the middle with Darren Sproles, it leaves us disappointed and without a touchdown!!

If we want to compete with the elite teams in the league, we will have to get that ball in the end zone! Here are some ideas on getting this fixed:

Antonio Gates
Getting him back and HEALTHY in the offense will be HUGE for us. Philip Rivers trusts him to get open and will throw Gates the ball knowing that he will win the battle with any defender.

Jacob Hester gets a lot done with that small frame, but is that size hurting him down in the Red Zone when the linebackers are geared up to stop the run? Maybe we should bring up Frank Summers from the practice squad and he could use his 255 pounds of fun to bulldoze a path for our guys to the end zone. SHOOT, line up Takeo Spikes at full back in the red zone so he can plow over some people (half -joke).

Use the Height
Malcom Floyd and  Vincent Jackson will have the height advantage over their defenders and both can jump out of the building. Just toss it up to them and give them a chance to make the play. We attempted it one time on Sunday with a pass in the corner of the end zone to M80, but it was a bit outside.

Wildcat Offense
I know the fad of the wildcat has died a little, but there are still teams that use this around the goal line area with success. It adds another blocker and there is no wasting time with a handoff. Just get that ball directly in the hands of Ryan Mathews and let him find that hole to the end zone.

There are too many times when a sack or a penalty moves us backward in the red zone. We need to be clean on the front line and give the guys time to get open. Execution is HUGE  on that part of the field.

What are some of your solutions to this mess?

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  • Kiko Wilson

    Antonio Gates

  • Ginger Krueger

    I have to say I just don’t care anymore! I will take a win no matter how we get it! Yes, every win for us is a stuggle BUT at least it’s a win! I do agree though, we have to step it up to play with the big boys and win… winning sure makes the car ride home easier though :)

  • Bolt Beat

    I gotta agree Ginger… Just happy ton see the wins now. I’m getting used to the heart attacks. Still have them, but at least we get the win!!

  • MikeTuck

    It’s a matter of rythem, their offense is so slow it puts their own team to sleep. They have to speed up their offense, make their defense react to the offenses rythem not the other way around. There’s absolutly no suspense in their offense right now. It’s easier to defend a slow non commital offense. I’d like them to run their offense w/ 2TE and do a hurry up offense2-3 plays, slow down 1 then run 2-3 more hurry ups and keep the defense off balance. I think the offense hsa to find it’s own rythem, and you have to have 2-3 plays called otherwise the defense is reading it every time. Cadense change, tempo, and chage of plays constantly. That is why Marty became a winner there.

    • epadaon

      @MikeTuck they definitely need to get that rhythm.. gates will be a huge upgrade in the red zone. i dont know where mcmichael has been because those underneath routes have been open for the backs all season. the middle should be open for the tight end wiht the defense covering deep. gates is needed

      • epadaon

        @MikeTuck and by gates… i mean the good gates

  • shantelle1109

    Just kidding the refs blew alot of calls and as much as i hate to admit it the cutler blunder at the end was a fumble but the refs missed it.-