My Offensive Thoughts For The Chargers 2012 SuberBowl Run


Hey Boltheads, what’s new? Now that the draft is over and free agent signings has slowed to a crawl, we can concentrate on the game its self!

I am going to start by saying that not everyone will agree with what I see happening this year! Only a few of you naysayers’ will leave your opinions, I welcome them. Then also there are the “Creepers” that won’t have the guts to say what they feel, that is fine too.

For this year as in the past I have huge expectations for our team, more on the defensive side of the ball later. Things that I have seen happen in the past tell me what to expect. Wll the loss of VJax hurt the team? Will the additions of other players help? We will not really know till the season is over but, here are a few of the things I see happening this year for Phillip and Co.

First is the addition of LeRon McClain. Having a real FB again will be HUGE. When we lost Lo Neal it made a big impact on the running game. LT not having the big, bruising lead blocker really took a chunk out of his production and I also believe it lead to injuries. #33 will (hopefully) be Mathews lead blocker this season, taking a majority of the hits from linebackers, allowing him to hit the secondary and bust open some really huge runs. I am expecting Mathews to have 1500 yards this season and (hopefully) stay healthy all season. I also expect McClain to have a lot of FB dives and be a big asset in the short yardage game planning.

Next is our O Line. Will the youngsters improve from last year? Will Clary still be a yellow flag magnet? I believe the youngsters will be greatly improved, Green and Vasquez greatly improved towards the end of last season and with the addition of “Big Lazy” our line provided the holes Mathews needed and the protection for Phillip that was lacking. Now for Clary, I have never liked him very much. I’ve never been impressed by a “Flag Magnet”. Stats say he allowed the 5th fewest sack of any O Lineman in the league last season, ok that’s serviceable but, flags are drive killers and can’t happen. I hope that changes for him this season, we need him to improve on that aspect of his game.

Now on to our receiving corps. VJax is gone, good riddance! I for one wasn’t all that impressed with him last season. He played for the love of green backs and not the game and it showed, the one game that really sticks out in my mind is Nov. 10 Vs. Oakland, he gave up on quite a few catchable balls and the one that was intercepted in the end zone was just pure BS! Lights my @$$. The addition of Royal and Meacham is huge to me. Imagine a 4 receiver set, Meacham and Floyd on the out side, Gates and Royal on the inside running picks. Throw in McMichael and Green to spell Gates. Who gets covered? You can’t cover all 4 and then throw in some misdirection type plays in the mix. I expect huge things from our receivers this season. I almost forgot Vincent Brown, oops! I see this kid as being a gamer, he has the playmaking abilities of VJax without the primmodonna attitude, he made the big plays against Oakland Nov. 10 when VJax wouldn’t.

 

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This all being said, I would expect to see an offense closer to when Marty was HC than in more recent years, a little more run heavy with the big play ability. You run to control the clock and keep your D off the field and fresh. You have the big plays to score when you need to score quickly. I think we will be in the top 5 in total offense, top 8 passing and top 4 rushing. Those are my thoughts, what are yours?

 

Topics: Antonio Gates, Leron Mcclain, Robert Meachem, Super Bowl

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  • BoogaP

    I think I am dying for the season to get started already!  I agree that our offense will again be in the top 5.
     
    I also think that having a tougher schedule will actually benefit the Bolt immensely. 
     
    Can’t wait until you address the defense.  Thanks Paul.

  • biggsybolt

    I will be addressing defense and coaching staff in a few days.
     
    I agree the tougher schedule will be a huge benefit.
     
    Thanks for the feed back Dave!

  • LeonardoVelazquez

    I love Ryan Mathews, and I think he had a lot of potential that they didn’t let out because of Tolbert, but I don’t see him reaching that many yards inan offense led by Mr.Rivers. I agree though, with a healthy Floyd, we’re unstoppable! ! !

  • Chargertom

    Pretty mutch the same!

  • Boltbuddy

    Having true slot receivers will help immensely. Rivers has an extremely quick release and will pile up the YAC. Run game should improve. I think the offense will ultimately be better. CANT WAIT.

  • MikeTuck

     @biggsybolt I agree that the defense should be alot better and our defensive takeaways should double at least. If the game plan with the 3-4 is about using our LB’s to apply pressure and trusting the secoundary with one on one coverage we should see alot of mistakes from our opponents. If the game plan is to get a quick lead and go to alot of zone and play against the clock insted of the offense then we’ll see alot of last year and all the so called fans will blame it on the pour play by the defense. The 3-4 was never meant top play it safe but to throw the offense off balance by blitzing from every angle. Our weapons are so deep Rivers should have a all-pro season. Again if Turner turns Rivers and mathews loose on the D they will rock a few teams that won’t respect the Chargers. They have to be pumped against every team, running up the score on the bad ones. The chargers have had problems playing down to their opponents level of play insted of playing their own game which is a attacking style of offense. The only one that has the ability to stop the chargers this year is the Chargers Coaching Staff. Turner has to let mathews run a few sweeps insted of a steady diet of between the tackles and with Royal we can run a few end arounds. The point is we can’t rely on a steady diet of base plays. We have to keep the D guessing and on the field.
         The Superbowl is in the chargers hands just as much as any team in the league, but they have alot going for them. Turner can be brilliant, and he needs to show his stuff all season. Don’t leave a play out of the playbook. We want the opposition to have to plan for everything and never be predictable as they have the last 2 years. If so the Superbowl is well within our sights and it’s been a long time coming.   make the other teams       ” Say Ow “

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