Chargers Need to Attack Tampa's Terrible Pass Defense

First down, try to fool the defense with a run up the middle with Ryan Mathews. Second down, I swear this will work, let’s try and run the ball up the middle with Ryan Mathews again. 3rd and long, Philip please bail us out!!!


Tampa has the best run defense in the league! Numero uno! Against the pass, they are DEAD LAST in the league!

So, how should the Chargers attack the Tampa defense? Even grade schoolers can answer this question.

Norv better not get stubborn and try to force the run against this team. There needs to be some balance, but why and try to force the run on a team that cannot stop the pass?

Here is a chance for Philip Rivers to let it fly. Tampa doesn’t put much pressure on the quarterbacks and they give up an 321 yards per game. We just have to make sure that turnover monster doesn’t come out. Tampa is 3rd in the league in interceptions.

Philip should have Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal back on the field. They probably will not be seeing the same role as they had when they left though. Danario Alexander has played well in their absence and should get an increased responsibility this week. Expect Ronnie Brown to keep making those grabs underneath. Maybe Ryan Mathews can be a threat in the passing game this week also.

Rivers to Floyd! Rivers to Gates! Rivers to Alexander! ALL DANG DAY! Then maybe a run here and there.

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  • Ignatius

    (With a sarcasm tone of voice) But remember Ernie, Norv said he was going to the get more CONSERVATIVE on offense so in his mind it’s going to be run, run, pass and punt until the final whistle and hope for the best.

    As for MY point of view, the long and middle pass it out of the question along with the running game so that leaves only one and truly the best option: the short passing game. Forget about Meachem and Royal, use them as decoys, set up the slant and small curl routs along with the TE in the open space, keep Rivers on it’s feet with three step drops and change of pace to Ronnie Brown ala Ronnie Harmon (see, even the name is a hint!) and be a little aggressive on key fourth down plays. I know they can do it because they proven it a few times this year.

    On the defensive side there’s not much the team can do about Vincent Jackson but on Josh Freeman it’s all game. He’s completing 55.7% of his passes which for a veteran quarterback it only means one thing: poor defensive reads. The team must disguise the zone blitzes and packages but keep it simple, mix up one-on-one with zone coverage and stunts.

    I know the Chargers have owned the Bucs with an 8-1 record, being the only loss at San Diego with a Dilfer-led team, and with a 5-0 record at Tampa Bay but those streaks are sometimes broken a the most unopportunistic time and this one seems to fit the bill.

    Then only good thing is that it’s going to be blacked out. Bolt up!

    • arnie

      i see your point, but how can you use said players as decoy’s, when they are not seen as an offensive threat? the reality is, they will take away Gates. like everyone else has. and make the chargers beat them “with” meachum and royal.

      • Ignatius

        I mean to say all of the team’s TE: Gates, McMichael and Rosario. Personally, I would place McMichael and Rosario in a two TE set with Gates rotating between plays, have Mathews as the lone tailback on first and second, while Brown on thirds exclusively, at WR one one side I would place Floyd and in the slot Meachem rotating with Seyi. My idea is to do a lot of presnap motions with the TE and slot receiver, usually to the weak side, and create two options: blocking for Mathews and setting up the short pass to the TE or WR in a crossing/curl pattern. That would heavily depend on three things: decent blind-side and right-side protection, and excellent recognition and route running. These last two things are what have killed drives in the past and a total turnaround in the Chiefs game given their lame defense but Tampa Bay has the league’s best run defense coupled with an almost dead-last pass defense but we all know that doesn’t mean squat given today’s passing league philosophy and rules, nevertheless, I firmly believe the short passing game with both of TE is the key and that would set up the run, maybe not seven yard scampers but a good three-four yard cloud of dust.