Oct 20, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackles Roy Miller (97) and Sen

Breaking Down Chargers Goal Line Plays At End of the Half

It seems that I having a little bit of fun with the NFL Rewind. Nice time to break it out during the BYE week to look over some plays. This time let’s look at the end of the half when we failed to get the ball into the end zone for a score and finished that drive with no points on the board. Let’s look at the last couple of plays on that drive.

The first play, Danny Woodhead was lined up in the backfield but then shifts out to the slot. The play is designed to go quick to the left side and the guys on the right side really doesn’t even matter on the play. Danny Woodhead is going to run a quick out and Keenan Allen is going to run the slant. As they are crossing, the defenders need to avoid all the traffic and stay with their man.


The play begins and the defenders are in man and either Allen or Woodhead should break free with the defenders getting caught up in the traffic. Philip looks to the left at the snap and the safety starts creeping over in that direction.20131023-225420.jpg

The ball is out and Allen looks like he has a step on his man, but he is going right into the teeth of the defense. Look at Woodhead though on the goal line. He has a couple of steps on his defender. Should have gone to Woodhead with the throw.20131023-225426.jpg

The ball went to Allen and Allen got killed with the hit on the play. There was a penalty for the hit, but the ball popped out and could have been intercepted after the dangerous throw.


On to the final play of the half. The play where Philip Rivers decides to keep it and tries to run it in for the score. It is the same play, but run on the opposite side with Keenan Allen and Eddie Royal this time. Danny Woodhead is kept in the backfield as an extra blocker. The defense is playing in a zone this time around.

From the start of the play, I think Philip already decided that he was going to try to run the football.


At the start of the play, Philip looks over to the right and sees the zone. Eddie Royal is covered on the quick out by the zone. Keenan Allen is going to run right to the hole of the zone defense.


Philip still looks like he has time in the pocket, but Philip decides to pull it down and run the football. Every Jacksonville linebacker and safety has their eyes on him and are ready to stop him on the run.


If he waited just a little bit longer, take a look over at Keenan Allen in the back of the end zone. He is wide open behind the defense for those 7 points.


Philip is tackled for no game and Keenan Allen is doing jumping jacks at the goal post. The plays were there in the red zone. We just didn’t execute like we could have.


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  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I really think they should run that shovel pass play they dumped off too Woodhead in the Colts game more often, they look like they are trying to do to much sometimes in the redzone. I’d also start using Mathews waaay more down there and not just Woody. Those pick plays that would get us a flag every now and then to get Royal open worked pretty well too.

    • tubbs45

      Yep the shovel would work there, especially when you see Fluker sitting out there waiting to de-cleat somebody!

  • tubbs45

    Ryan Mathews should be getting touches, though in this situation unsuccessful run plays would have eaten the clock (like Rivers run did!).

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Sometimes it’s just a feeling. Mathews had been chunking off yards all game. When this series started, I looked at the clock with 20 seconds, and saw we had no timeouts. I still felt like we should run it in. Make the team that is dead last at stopping the run make a goal line stand. I still think even if the run failed, they could have gotten to the line, spiked it, and kicked a FG, or had time to decide to run another play. I knew we weren’t going to be successful throwing it.. I have seen it too many times. I think someone on here pointed it out that we are too predictable running the same plays in the red zone, and teams know where it’s going.

      • tubbs45

        hahaha “I think someone on here pointed it out that we are too predictable running the same plays in the red zone”
        I think that is damn near everyone has said that at one point or another. I’m with you that just commit to running it down their throats and that does not mean straight up the damn middle or over the top every time. Or how but this edge: shovel or pass to the running back?

      • C.Steele

        I’m definitley down with this strategy! Matthews is a power back. You are 6″ from pay dirt. Run the damn ball. It’s just embarrassing. 4 plays on the goal line and to chicken sh$%! to run the ball.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Hey, he can’t be perfect ALL the time. He’s gonna make mistakes. It’s just preferable for them to not happen in the redzone.

  • Bill Nichols

    wow, that one slide totally shows KA about to be wide open in the end zone. But I think you are right, PR saw that hole before the snap on the D line and decided he was going for it once they engaged. Oh well, we still got the convincing W. Bolt UP, and get plenty of R and R Chargers.

  • Tazzster

    In the first play there is pressure coming off the edge, so Phillip has to dump the ball. I’m guessing that is why he tried to squeeze it in to Keenan. Woodhead was definitely the better choice, but it can be deceiving. If he tries to zip it in there the CB can jump the route and knock it down – or worse pick it off. If he had more time, the route probably is a wheel route and Danny would have been wide open in the back corner for a nice touch pass.

    On play two, Keenan looks wide open but you need a lane to throw the ball. There are three Jag defenders and one official clogging the lanes, so this would need to be a high touch pass to the back of the End zone. Something Phillip is capable of, but risky with 3 DBs lurking. I’m guessing it was a called QB sneak. And I think if Phillip waits a 1/2 second more for the blocks to establish and DBs to drift back. He might make it in.

    As for goal line plays. I am still a proponent of the running the wide receiver to the corner. You will have one on one coverage. No safety will get there in time. Just put the pass where only your guy can get it. We have two guys (Gates and Allen) who seem to have the skill to go up over a defend and get the ball. If it was me. I would be running that to Keenan all day.

  • 1961 Fan

    It is not playoff caliber offense when you can’t punch it across in four plays within a yard of the goal. Poor play calling left at “least” three points on the field. We need a Jerome Bettis type Full Back for those situations.