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The Chargers Dink and Dunk Offense

Have you noticed the shift in the Chargers offense this year? Where is that offense that used to stretch the field? We have now moved to a dink and dunk offense.

Vincent Jackson has been replaced with Robert Meachem to run the deep routes in the offense and he still is not on the same page with Philip Rivers. He has beaten his defender deep a few times, but the two have not been able to connect. Meach is basically playing decoy with the deep routes and opening the field up underneath.

The running backs and tight ends are getting the targets on offense. The top 2 receivers on the team are currently Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates. Can you guess who the number 3 receiver is?

Ronnie Brown! You know, Ronnie that wasn’t even activated for the game against the Falcons. Ronnie that I have been calling old and beat up.

Three games for Ronnie and he is the number 3 receiver on the roster. Three games for Antonio and he is the number 2 receiver.

That is the new look Chargers offense. Swing passes, screen passes, dumps off to the back and short passes to the tight ends.

Against the Chiefs, we didn’t even try going deep! We threw 16 of 22 passes within 10 yards and only one pass for over 20 yards. That pass was batted down by the Chiefs defense. Meach had the defenders beat deep, but Philip didn’t get the ball out far enough to him.

The chemistry from Philip and Meach is a work in progress. Until they can get on the same page, expect more of the same from the offense. We will just have to dink and dunk that ball all the way down the field for scores.

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  • Leonardo Velazquez

    I feel like we’re running a super safe offense that is created for rookie/bad quarterback like Andrew Luck or Matt Cassel respectively.

    • Ernie Padaon

      dang… it does feel that way. feel like Clipboard Charlie could even run this offense. this is like what Alex Smith does in San Fran.

      • Clay Jones

        Hey if it works keep using it may payoff down the road

        • Ernie Padaon

          It keeps the turnover risk down and if we can keep moving the ball that way, then we might as well keep doing it

    • Richard

      exactly my feelings.challange the fucking o line to man up throw the football down the field.anything less you play into the better teams hands

  • Troy Di Stefano

    Maybe if the quarterback had more time he could throw a long ball?

    • Ernie Padaon

      True… Feel like he had more time in Kansas City and still didn’t go for the log ball. Having Gaither back should help a lot for the offense

    • Pete Spinning

      I think that is a big part of it. Hopefully, Gaither’s return is a step toward longer plays.

  • Pete Spinning

    Well, we did have some pretty short fields in KC.. LMFAO!!!! Not exactly a whole lotta room for long bombs.. but I catch your drift. I thought we were going to see more of those against Atlanta. But, they are good at takeaways (3 1st quarter Manning INT’s says it all), So, I get why it might not have worked out. Also, Gaither wasn’t on the blind side… What was that “hurried” stat again.. somethng like 45 percent… worst in the league? I want to see the competitive nature come out in PR this week. Not like playing Jay Cutler last year kind of competitive… but, playing Brees & Sproles kind of competitive. Personally, I lost a lot of respect for Brees in the offseason, and I really liked him. By all means, stand up for your team. But, badmouthing the commissioner for handling a bounty program that Brees knew about for 2 years? Bad form, mang. Then the hold out at the WORST time during the offseason.. the big pay day.. and now the 0-4? Karma’s a biotch dude.. ask Chris Johnson. I would love to take it to New Orleans on February 3rd this year! I would love it to be Chargers vs Seahawks… I think CBS might rally to put it on pay per view, and show a re-run of the 2012 Giants victory if that happened! I would be really ecstatic if we won a third road game, as we were awful at that last year. I say we drive a mercedes benz right up their “who-dat” asses in their aptly named dome ; )

    Sorry for the long rant… but, I am foaming at the mouth for a win this weekend!!!! CHARGE!!!!!

    • Ernie Padaon

      Like… Actually love!!

      • Pete Spinning

        Wouldn’t it be funny if we held Brees to ZERO passing touchdowns while beating them, and he didn’t break the Unitas record… just tied it? He would loathe us forever… I would love that!!! Muahaha!

        • Ernie Padaon

          dude… that would be the best thing EVER!!! if they have a goal line situation, will Brees will try and make a pass for the score instead of a run or sneak

          • Pete Spinning

            When you are 0-5, you run it in!!!!! LMAO!
            P.S. – Kudos on the replies to the people posting lately, and your interactions with the BB fans in general. Nice. Great articles too. Checking in regualrly.

          • Ernie Padaon

            Thanks Brotha… Do what I can and I love the conversations. Always want someone to talk bolts with, since my wife won’t talk Bolts with me