Whisenhunt’s Playcalling Dooms Chargers

Aug 8, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Once again, Ken Whisenhunt decides that he knows best. Despite openly admitting that we need to change our red zone approach on “Chargers Insider” yesterday, he continued to employ the same exact game plan. He basically said that he knows better than the announcers, the fans, the experts, the pundits… and just about anyone with a set of eyeballs.. that he knows how to score in the red zone. Unfortunately, he has no clue what he is doing in there. He is like a virgin, fumbling with a bra snap in the back seat of a car on a first date at Lover’s Lane.

My only assumption is that (even though him and McClain were put in on the final series of regulation) Ryan Mathews has another broken collarbone? Whisenhunt refused to use Mathews all game, and avoided him like the plague in the red zone. All of this after Mathews went over 100 yards in his last two outings, and controlling the clock was obviously the key to the game. Mathews also pounded the rock into the end zone the ONE time that he was asked to. Instead, he used everyone except for Mathews, and we dearly paid the price.

To make things worse, this was a game where the defense scored a TD, blocked two FG’s, and batted down numerous balls. It may not have been our best defensive game, but they made key stops when they needed to. Keenan Allen may have dropped a crucial pass, but he made a series of clutch plays to keep the Chargers in the game. Danny Woodhead dang near broke his nose putting the ball on the one yard line. It was all gift wrapped for Ken Whisenhunt, with two time outs, a set of fresh downs, and plenty of time left.

So, all you need to do is put McClain & Mathews in, pound it in for the touchdown, and end the game…. right?

Wrong.

Ken Whisenhunt (who should have been relieved of his duties much earlier in the game, by ex-Denver offensive coordinator, Mike McCoy) proceeds to do his “Norv Turner pass the ball routine” in the red zone for the tenth time in a row. Unsurprisingly, it failed, as it has almost every time before.

You know what? I have a great deal of respect for Tom Telesco. However, the verdict is still out on coach McCoy for me. He is responsible for not letting the coaches under him continue to make inexplicably bad play calls. He is the head coach. Norv was fired for a reason. When a team would gift wrap a victory for him.. like Washington did today… he simply didn’t have the common sense that it takes to get the job done. He couldn’t get the easiest of jobs done. After the Raiders goal line stop, and the Redskins goal line stop… neither of which Mathews was used in… Ken Whisenhunt has shown that he is the same kind of play caller that Norv was. He should be replaced stat.

I don’t usually call for replacement, after such a small amount of time. But, if you are at this stage in your career, and you don’t understand that you need to use your heavy hitters at the goal line, in a crucial road game… then you don’t have the winning attitude that I am looking for. If you were to put Mike Shanahan in there, instead of Whisenhunt, he would have run the ball. That’s a fact. That’s exactly what Shannahan did to us, when given the chance. Why? Because he is not that stupid. Not once, not twice, and definitely not consistently. He must have been totally amazed at Whisenhunt’s negligence. I certainly was. Embarrassing.

This loss may have ended the chances for the Chargers to get into the playoffs. We can thank Ken Whisenhunt for that. When your team is barely hanging on during a game, and your defense has made some decent stops, but is not dominating… you should never get fancy… like he did in Houston, like he did in Oakland, and like he did today. You just close the game out.

Why he did not do that today, or any of those other games, will be a mystery to me as long as I live. I am totally unimpressed. Dean should put Tom on notice, who should tell Mike, who should hand Whisenhunt his pink slip. I have no confidence in this play calling moving forward. Don’t even get me started on “IF” we made it to the playoffs. It’s so disappointing to watch a team that should be 7-1, go 4-4, because the one guy being paid millions of dollars for his expertise has no clue how to close out an easy victory.

I will be looking for that Ryan Mathews injury report.

Keep Bolting Toward Excellence… I think.

Peter Thompson

 

Topics: Featued, Ken Whisenhunt, Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers

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  • Marco

    I totally agree with you. As easy as put McClain and Mathews on the I formation, even Ronnie Brown behind McClain. Tough loss :(

    • afel120

      Right? I was thinking the same thing where were they? Ronnie brown would have pushed through for the TD

  • joerockt

    Great playcaling right up to the point where it counts. Yea, lets lets Rivers SCRAMBLE cause you know, that’s what he does best. What a complete dumb fuck. Honestly 3 of the worst plays he could have called. BITCH.

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

      Exactly. I am tired of all the “great play calling”, and then a total inexplicable deviation from any common sense. That’s what Norv did. Looks like we have replaced one dummy for another. This makes Mike McCoy & TT look terrible, after all of their hard work. But… you know what Mike says..”When a decision is made, we all make it.. we all stand behind it”. SO FIX IT, MIKE… FIX IT TODAY! It’s you I’m looking at.. not this moron you have calling your offensive plays.

      • Joel Ayala

        Fucken stupid Whiz. and Stupid PR. he could have easily audibled those plays. but maybe wanted to be the hero!!!I’m at loss of words. MOTHER FUCKEN IDIOTS!!! this one hurts. gift wrapped

    • Tazzster

      Exactly. Rivers on the roll out. WHAT THE HECK? Pull up the stats and compare River’s passing accuracy in the pocket vs. out of the pocket and it will make that call look even more stupid.

      RUN THE &$(&^% BALL!

      • Vardog

        Roll out? You mean hobble out! Why in the hell would you try that with a guy that runs the 40 in 8.4? LOL

  • joerockt

    I was at Costco and wanted to vomit on all of these douche bags with Charger jerseys on…

  • Lee

    all this and our secondary straight up blows.

    • Tazzster

      Defense did not play well today. They exposed Weddle in coverage all day.

      But we still had a ‘chance’ to win…

  • 10n10

    1st and goal!!! I knew we had it in the Bag.. Well, Nope-Looks like a no brainer decision to power the ball in was negated by no brain activity. Passing on the one yard line? I’m at a loss for words…

  • Alex Pitrofsky

    It should’ve been run, pass, run. This season has been full of miserable losses

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

      I would even take that one pass out, and run run sneak, and then FG if it got stuffed.

    • Brandon Rios

      NO, run,run, pass or run, run, run.

    • http://www.signonsandiego.com/ Ambitoos

      Mathews should have been running behind Fluker. I’m no longer a Whizenhunt supporter. That was just dumb.

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

    To add insult to injury, Meachem had a great game with the Saints, and was making circus catches. SMFH.

    • Nick in PB

      That’s just perfect. Meachum, thanks for showing up after you left.

      • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

        LOL…FTP fuck that puto….they still got their asses handed to them by gang green…GO CHARGERS!!!

  • FitzWilly

    Has the name Ken WhizingCunt been used yet?
    if not, I’m trademarking that bitch

  • boltwinyea!

    Right? Instead of going for pass when we were 1 yard short of the TD you gotta run that in, there gunna be all over the pass it was common sense which came out to the tieing field goal instead but dont get me wrong its great to tie it but when you could win the game you run it in and try , well thats my opinion

  • boltwinyea!

    And what happen to a qb sneak?

    • Tazzster

      QB sneak would have been better than those 3 plays.

      Heck I would have even taken a naked bootleg with Rivers over those 3 crap plays!

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    unacceptable.

    What can you say? This one really hurts, really hurts!!! Just Disgraceful

  • Tazzster

    Well said Pete.

    I would have put in a 3 Tight End set with McClain and Matthews and ran the ball 3 times. If you don’t make you can at least tip your hat to the other team.

    When you try to be cute and tricky it sends a message to your own team – you basically tell your team that you are soft and horrible at running the ball. I don’t trust you to get 1 yard. If you have faith in your team you yell across the field at the opposing coach and say, “I’m going to run this in! Try and stop me!” And then you look at your boys and say, “go shove it down their throats!”

    Now while I don’t advocate Whisenhunt’s firing, I do recommend that the players complain to Mike McCoy and McCoy needs to obviously sit down with Ken and figure out what the heck is going on.

    I’m curious at how the post game locker room speech goes on this one. I sure hope it was the head coach saying, “Sorry, the coaching staff screwed that one up – Our Bad.”

    What sucks so bad is this team could easily be 7-1…

    Ugh….

  • Daryl Peek

    Wasn’t there an article this past week about Wiz winning with Marty ball? I can’t remember if it was here or the UT? Anyway, Marty is rolling over in his grave after that BS today!!

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

      That was an Acee piece on the UT. A really bad piece too.

      • arnie

        Daryl, Peter, M.A.R.T.Y Ball would have ran it in…

        • Daryl Peek

          Agreed

  • Tazzster

    Here’s a question. Clearly Woodhead just missed touching the pylon with the ball – missed it like by 2 inches or less. Yet they spot the ball at the 1/2 yard line. WHY?

    I have seen this several times… Is there a rule that says if someone goes out of bounds near the goal line you need to spot it at the half yard line?

    • Nick in PB

      I was wondering the same thing Tazz!!! The ball barely missed the pylon by a fingertip. Why wasn’t the ball put on the inch line? Almost looked like a full yard. Who would have thought we’d blow it from right there. It was perfectly set up for us to win and they blew it!

    • philiprules

      I was wondering when the white hat announced he was overruling the call on the field and the ball was out at the 6 inch line and then the umpire placed it at the 2 foot line why our ace coaching staff didn’t say anything about it. At 6 inches out, that’s a pretty easy sneak call. Of course on second thought, Wizz would have never made that call and instead would have dialed up some nonsense like we saw anyway.

  • Blue&gold_blood

    I am not going state the obvious, but the play calling on the pass has been pissing me off. Shorts passes, we are becoming to predictable. Don’t get me started on the norv withdrawal runs. We need to switch it off. Man I miss Floyd, DX , and VJ for the long passes and the goal line passes. Sad day to be a charger fan.

  • arnie

    Dear Whiz. GIVE. MATHEWS. THE. BALL. I don’t know whether you trust him in the redzone and i don’t care. I don’t know if McCoy was responsible for this approach and i don’t care. Fozzy is gone. R.Brown is useless down there and i don’t understand WHY McClain is around, if he isn’t in front of Mathew’s, BLOCKING.
    It may be “predictable” when they are in the game, but sometimes you just can’t “over-think things”. Mathews is darn near unstoppable when he runs, off the edges, behind Troutman, Dunlap, Rinehart an Fluker.
    THIS is why Peter is upset. You were one yard away, from wining a tough road game and taking a step forward towards a wildcard. And you did not give the ball to a RB that was avg 4.3 yards a carry. How many yards did the Chargers need Whiz?
    I’m starting to see a pattern Peter…

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

      Thanks Arnie. How can he have a successful season if Whisenhunt won’t let him succeed? Then they will cut him, and say he wasn’t a good fit. From what I’ve seen, he is better than ever. This is not the time to sit him. And what is the basis for sitting him since he has been playing well?

      • Daryl Peek

        Why did we stop running Mathews in the first place? We were gashing them in the beginning of first half! They took RM24 out of the game and PR went Norvous mode with the 50/50 balls down field. If were going to run the ball commit to a SM identity and give it to RM!!! SO FRUSTRATED

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

          Like I said in the article. The only reason I will accept is that he was injured in some way. And, even if he was injured (or they didn’t trust him to hold onto the ball) they should have used Brown behind McClain on first down, at least. I knew it, you knew it, the announcers knew it.. but, Whisenhunt knew better. Just like he knew better in Jacksonville & Oakland.

          • arnie

            I wish I could give them a pass on that Peter, but Mathews was lined up in the I formation, with McClain in front, and he didn’t get the ball. He was 6 for 33 in the first half and the skins have one of the worst run defense in the league. Then he gets 1 carry in the second half, and didn’t get the ball on the one yard line, to win the game?
            I don’t know whether anyone saw the play when Ryan carried 5 redskins on his back to get first down?

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

            I did, Arnie. That play is burned into my memory, actually. I was even thinking “Could he possibly have gotten hurt on that same play”? But, if he was THAT hurt, then why would they risk putting him on the field PERIOD? Especially with this cautious approach they are taking with injuries this year. It seems like if someone has a hang nail they are sitting them for four games. I don’t get it, and TT needs to address it. They all look VERY foolish right now, and this is exactly what they were supposed to fix.. even more than “fixing” Philip Rivers, in my opinion… the stubbornness of overthinking black & white situations.

    • w1LLz

      You hit the nail on the head Arnie. I believe Ryan got a grand total of 7 carries during this loss but if you look at the 2 previous wins he got over 20 carries. It seems everyone here can put 2 and 2 together and realize that Ryan is part of the recipe for success. I may be one of the few but I’ve always believed in that kid. The thing is that just like when Norv was here, your first round draft pick RB can’t help you win games when his ass is riding the pine. GET IT TOGETHER CHARGERS, WE CANT TAKE MUCH MORE OF THIS HEARTBREAK!

  • Nick in PB

    I read somewhere or heard it, that the call was a run and Philip audibled out of it. If that’s true, then it’s on Rivers. Still, Mathews should have been in there from the start and 3 plays fro that close, pound the ball. Remember in the preseason, Mathews jumping over the pile. He could have done that on the fist down play. Instead, Woodhead is in there. Not to take anything away from him but Mathews is our power back. Throwing the ball in that close, there was far too much traffic and our receivers were blanketed like a Minnesota February. No chance. Then you roll out the QB? That only works if he’s a running threat! WTF!

    • Gunnar Martin

      If it had in fact been a run, it would have been out of shotgun. And we all know how that works out, especially on the goal line. Which would still make it Whiz’s fault. Why can’t we just be like any other team in the NFL and power the ball in with our bell-cow back? Why?!

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

        It’s like it’s a curse. It almost doesn’t seem to matter who we hire… they always screw up the easiest of play calls, trying to be fancy… sometimes, you don’t need to be fancy.. you just do what anyone would do… even if the D knows it’s coming. The Redskins aren’t a team that you will have a problem punching it in against. If it was KC, or some other awesome defense, I might understand.. but, not really. POUND IT!!!!

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    Danny Woodhead gave so much effort on the goal line play.
    He might have a broken nose the way he was bleeding.

    Why not give Woodhead a breather? Why not bring in Mathews and McClain who we’re fresh?
    So many questions, so little answers!

  • Craig Vance

    IF KEN WHIZENHUNT DOESN’T HAVE THE BALLS TO CHANGE THE PLAY-CALLING HE USED WITH NORV TURNER, HE HAS TO BE FIRED AFTER THE TEAM GETS HOME TOMORROW!!! Chargers.com has a blog that is calling for his firing because his awful play-calling cost the Chargers the game today!! Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy, that will be your first order of football business tomorrow for the Chargers.

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

      They have a blog calling for his firing? I am going over there RIGHT NOW.. do you have the link?

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

      Please let me know where you read that!!!! I will try to post it on this site! That would be some BIG news!

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Jebus, even a novice Madden player knows if you get to the 1 or inside the 1, first bring the package with all big guys maybe even a linebacker and run it in there. They really must not think anyone can bust it through, Mathews should have got it 3 times in a row. One if them would have worked and we win.

  • Eddie La Salle

    I don’t understand why we don’t sneak the ball over the line with Philip like Brady does… Not a complete qb sneak, just put it over the goal line and tuck it into your gut…if that doesn’t work got to McClain like we used to hand off to Neal in short yardage… Last option give it to Mathews and let him hammer it behind McClain and Fluker… I’ll take half of what Wisenhunt makes and take the OC job…

  • shane

    to all those who are saying he calls great plays most the game just not “when it counts” the team has emphasized needing balance…46 pass plays to 16…SIXTEEN run plays!!! that’s obscene. Don’t forget we were leading for much of the game, were down by ten for a short time, but the game was never in a need to pass mode except the last drive. you have to give mathews the ball. he averaged 5 ypc…c’mon man!!!

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

      Exactly. They ran him once in the 2nd half, I think. ONCE! If Mathews isn’t hurt.. Whisenhunt should be taken out behind the barn, and shot in the back of the head!

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    As soon as the Ref threw the flag on Kennan Allen’s bogus pass interference
    I knew the refs were against us. One of the worst calls I’ve ever seen in my life

    Also the Andrew Gachker’s penalty that gave the Redskins an additional 15 yards.
    Was even worse!!!

    • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

      That was absolute BS on top of the poor ball spot when Woodhead tip’d the PileON…….Whiz blew this game w/ the atrocious play calling all day….glad my expectations aren’t too high these days….It was rather sickening……Woodhead was a stud today though!

      • Craig Vance

        I’m a big fan too of the powder-blue men, and Woodhead, on the slo-mo replay shown over and over, did “tickle” the Pylon device with the ball.. it moved just slightly. If replays are to get the play right, it failed this time!! I wonder how why the review ref missed this??? Sometimes, when the whole game is on the line such as this time, they are NOT focused on looking at the right thing and in this case, it’s the ball barely nudging the Pylon! San Diego wins!! HUH? NO TD!! Watch the ball, review ref, and you will see YES! TD!! At least this missed call, even AFTER slo-mo review, didn’t determine a playoff game!!! Chargers still very much alive and after it!!

  • Vardog

    Did I miss something? Did the Chargers hire Norv again? Because the play calling was beyond piss-poor this week!

  • meatwad_SSuppet

    Oh dear, all the whiners upset at another Charger loss. Get used to it, they do not want to win in this town,,, get it yet? I stopped giving any cares back in ’85 when they split up the winning team, traded away. The owners need a loser team and they have what they wanted.

  • Luis Espinoza

    If Matthews was indeed hurt, I don’t understand why they didn’t use McClain as the RB and John Phillips as the FB, didn’t they prepare for this? Frustrated but we have to move forward and see if the play calling improves. Regardless its frustrating that we were so close. Like the speech in Any Given Sunday: http://youtu.be/WO4tIrjBDkk

    • Stefanie Smith

      Media asked McCoy after the game if Matthews was hurt and he said Matthews was okay. I even think the media asked if he was hurt and I believe McCoy said no. Can’t remember now. They just decided to use someone else- is what he basically said.

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  • Stefanie Smith

    This really is disappointing. And Pete, you are right. What kills me is they think the fans don’t get it and they can say anything or say nothing. It’s apparent what went wrong and the coaches dancing around it is not the answer. I hope they read this blog, if for nothing else than to let them know that fans know they — whoever is calling the plays– screwed up. That red zone debacle is unacceptable. We should have had that game won and been on our way home.

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

      I agree Stephanie. I really didn’t like Mike McCoy’s press conference afterward,. and he went down a notch in my book. It reminds me of how a politician would easily shrug off a really poor decision. It was like he was saying “We called the right plays, and it was the players fault for not getting it done”. This was CLEARLY a result of absolutely inept play calling. His answer should have been “We realize we should have probably called that differently, and I promise you that we will take a look at that, and it won’t happen again”. The defense didn’t play great, but they kept them in it… so did the offense.. it is the coaches job to call plays that close the game out. Players will start to “buy out” of your plan, if you do that kind of thing… especially after they worked so hard to put you in a position to win. So will the fans.

      • Stefanie Smith

        Yes, you lose the locker room with continual bad play calling and no willingness to address it.

  • Stefanie Smith

    And stop playing games with Matthews and then let everyone think he is no good. That is a coaching and management strategy when contract time is coming.

  • 619chargers4life

    Heartbreaking !!!!!

  • Stefanie Smith

    What is weird with McCoy is that he says he is not questioning any of the calls made in the game, yet he doesn’t seem to have a problem with saying “:poor execution”. Does he stop to think that maybe there was “poor execution” because it was the wrong play to call or that the wrong players were used to execute? He skirts the issue and the media was asking him about that red zone debacle. Maybe he will start thinking about it behind closed doors, because the media was throwing it in his face. Also threw it in his face about not using Matthews.

    • C.Steele

      Very good take on that Stefanie. It seems he won’t throw his Coach under the bus, but has no problem throwing the players under and then backing over them. Interestingly enough, Antonio Gates was carrying the company line with the same take on it.I do hope your right about him addressing the matter behind closed doors. Which is too late, should have happened in the game. If he was really being the Head Coach, he should have went ballistic when he saw the spread package heading in the game on the goal line…
      By the way, trying to throw a fade or jump ball to Antonio on the Goal line debacle was comical. He got no separation and couldn’t out jump the defender even if he did… Anyway.. Another long season.. #GoBolts!

  • veazy

    I saw this shit coming, mostly because when there’s momentum in the Charger’s season, they fall flat on their face. Everybody prematurely set the bar so high after a couple wins, now that they lose, everyone has lost their fucking minds. There’s a reason the fans with low expectations don’t get pissed off when the Chargers have a meltdown, and I think I see why. Thanks 1961 Fan, I’m not being sarcastic at all.

    • Stefanie Smith

      I can sort of relate. I literally get nauseous when the Chargers lose, especially when they play poorly. We get all built up and then it comes tumbling down. Personally, it’s almost not fun to watch. I just end up feelng bad.

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

      Agreed. I stopped getting my hopes up the day Norv was hired. But, I’m still gonna talk smack when I see a coach or player do something this dumb. It’s in my writer bio, actually. This part is the “ugly”. And I’m going to post about it, as advertised.. lol. Thanks for commenting. Hope they can get the monkey of their backs for all of us one day.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Here is an excerpt from an article on NFL.com. This about says it all when writing about the question of who in the AFC will get the wild card spot.

    Regarding the Chargers:

    “I was starting to believe in this team — and then coach Mike McCoy went all Norv Turner on us after Danny Woodhead’s touchdown was rightly overturned at the end of regulation against the Washington Redskins. First-and-goal from the 1-yard line — and no Ryan Mathews? Totally illogical! No QB sneak? It was bizarre. It was bad. It was a wasted opportunity to notch a comeback win.”

    Yes, Coach McCoy. This is what people are saying. They question your staff’s play calling skills. McCoy better spread it around that it was Whiz, because everyone says it’s McCoy pulling a Norv.

  • doomedby2020

    Funny how everyone is crying for Mathews. Had he fumbled the ball the guaranteed option of overtime would never have been. And everyone would be saying “why did he put Mathews in there?”
    Has everyone forgotten his last red zone fumble inside the 5 yrd line this season? Gates picked it up. Saved his but.
    Still though, bad play calling…..

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

      I wouldn’t have said anything if Mathews fumbled after they put him in. He has been holding onto the ball well since that first & only fumble. That is enough evidence for me to justify the call. But, I see no justification for not running any other back (except for the smallest back we have) ONCE at the goal line, and not even in an I formation with a fullback. Especially when he has a broken nose. The ball was under two feet away. Especially when the red zone approach you used failed multiple times in the last 3 games. Running the ball in is what he should have done. I would never fault him for making that choice. . Even if RM humbled it.

      • doomedby2020

        Agreed, save for the 1st three sentences :)

  • Mark Viguri

    Can we please stop blaming Norval? It’s getting really old. Isn’t he coaching in Cleveland this year? I remember Norv running up the middle every 1st down NOT getting cute near the goal line. Wiz made the calls, Rivers changed one of them and McCoy probably decided to kick the FG instead of go for the win on 4th and one. Yes Chargers could easily be 7-1 but Norval has nothing to do with probably another 8-8 season.

    • Stefanie Smith

      There is an expression going around the NFL, not just on this blog. They are saying that McCoy pulled a Norv and/or “went all Norv Turner” on us. Don’t cry for Norv. His reputation as being a predictable offensive coordinator is well known. We are not blaming him. Where did you get that idea? Is it because his name was brought up? lol Too funny.

      • Mark Viguri

        Norv was dead man walking on day one, even getting the Chargers to the AFC Championship game never swayed the haters. Norv believed in establishing the running game, the long ball and lining up and daring the opponent to stop the play not for trickery at the goal line. The only thing McCoy pulled was the chance of victory by kicking a FG instead of winning the game.

  • Tom Tom

    Did the pass on second down save the one time out if needed on third?

  • philiprules

    I don’t understand everyone’s problem with the play calling. I mean what’s wrong with
    1) running the smallest guy on the team into their stack defense with no lead blocker
    2) using our power back as a decoy so you can throw a fade pass on a short field to the only receiver everyone in the world knows Philip could/would go to if it’s not a run.
    3) have maybe the best pocket QB in football this year roll out so you can make sure you cut an already small field in half.
    That’s some excellent play calling there. /sarcasm

    • C.Steele

      LOL! Check. Check & Check!

  • C.Steele

    Holy Sh*&! Peter! I couldn’t have said it any better my damn self!! I don’t wan’t to wait for the off season to make the coaching change! He’s proven time and again, he doesn’t know what he’s doing! Further, and what’s more, he’s not learning from his mistakes! I’m just done! Looking forward to the draft & coaching changes! #Disgusted #GoBolts!

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

      Thanks. I wish I had better things to write about.

  • Pels04

    I say we swarm this Chargers page http://www.chargers.com/news/article-1/Five-Lessons-from-the-Redskins-Game/03923a4b-59b6-4bf0-8e47-0ef52b31a14d probably wont do anything but its worth a shot. I’ll start!

  • Justentime66

    The guy’s an idiot and basically cost them the game…..PERIOD!

  • oregonboltfan

    I thought the days of sending sproles up the middle were gone!!! Woodhead is the size of sproles, why is he running it on short yardage plays? This article was right on the money. I could not have said it better myself. I agree FIRE Whizz.

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

      Thanks for holding down the PacNW!!! Oregon in da house! Bolts from all over the nation.

    • doomedby2020

      “sproles up the middle” yep, just what I thought when i watched that play….

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