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That Chargers Failure On The Goal Line

Oct 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ronnie Brown (23) is stopped short of the goal line against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The coaching staff should send an apology letter over to the whole offensive line and Ryan Mathews for their decisions at the 1 yard line. 1st down at the 1 and we didn’t trust our offensive line and running back to convert down there. We couldn’t trust them to pound that rock in? WHY NOT!??!

Where in the heck was Ryan Mathews to dive over the pile at the goal line? Where was LeRon McClain on an inside run with the full back? I am sure we could have ran 3 QB sneaks and we would have scored down that deep, but we decided to run all of our plays out of the shotgun and looked to pass 2 of the 3 times we had.

I cannot understand the playcalling. Sure, Mike McCoy wants to say that IF one of those plays worked, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. OF COURSE WE WOULDN’T!!!!BUT IT DIDN’T WORK!!!!

This has been an issue that our team has had this year. We can’t punch the ball in in the red zone. We can’t punch it in for 7 points. This time it costed us the game. We had the same issue against the Colts and we ran into the same problem at the end of the half against the Jaguars. Is it really that difficult to trust in the running game down there?

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  • Stefanie Smith

    There is an article on NFL.com about which AFC team will be the last standing and take the wild card spot. The writer talks about the Chargers’ and their chance at the wild card playoff spot.

    “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.”

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

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

      I blamed Whisenhunt in my article from yesterday, because he was the one who called the plays. But, let’s be honest here. It WAS Mike McCoy’s fault. If this was the first time Ken Whisenhunt got cute, then we could say that McCoy was taken by surprise, and didn’t want to undermine the play calling of his OC, who had been calling plays correctly, up until this point. But, this wasn’t the first time Whisenhunt did this. He did it in Oakland. He did it against Indy. He did it against Jacksonville. And, McCoy let him do it at the worst possible time this weekend.

      At what point does it become McCoy’s fault for not intervening, and letting Whisenhunt screw the pooch for the umpteenth time in the red zone? He had plenty of opportunity to talk to him before this game. He had plenty of time to let him know while they were reviewing the Woodhead play. He even had a chance to stop him on 2nd & 3rd down. But, he didn’t. That let’s me know that Mike McCoy has A LOT of learning to do.

      How can you let the hopes of the fans, the players, the rest of the coaches, the front office staff (and anyone else who was counting on him to win that game for us)… fizzle out, while you watch your offensive coordinator piss the game away? He shouldn’t have had any faith in him at that point. I was already calling for Whisenhunt’s clipboard and headphones to be taken away in the first minutes of the 3rd quarter. How could he stand idly by, and watch the Charger’s playoff hopes spiral down the drain?

      That is the head coaches job. He failed, and they probably aren’t going to the playoffs because of it. This was a HUGE mistake, and may have undone any good that he did this year. Simply put, we have to wait until 2014 to see if we can be contenders, or not. And we are in week 8. That’s brutal. Short of going on a ridiculous winning streak right now… he is in my doghouse for the next year. How can I expect him to make the correct decisions in even TOUGHER situations down the line? He couldn’t even get something as obvious as this handled! And if I hear him use the phrase “The parity in this league is too great. You have to play your best on every snap” to cover mistakes of the coaching staff ONE MORE TIME, I will call for his head to be put on a spike in front of Charger Castle next to Norv & AJ’s… I don’t care how long he’s been here.

      • C.Steele

        Word! I’m getting the feeling he’s to young for the positon. I gave him a break on the botched injury notifications (that’s more administrative). But this, this is coaching. And a mistake that made multiple times this year, two back to back games none the less. #Disgusted #looking forwardToDraft #Coaching changes #GoBolts!

  • tubbs45

    ‘If’ …

  • Stan Zab

    First of all I’d like to point out the terrible spot we got at the 1. Why was nobody in an officials face about that?! Woodhead was 2 inches away from the pylon AT MOST but the ball was spotted at the 1 yard line. How does that go unnoticed?

    Then the shotgun draw with 1 yard to go….Is there an I-formation in the playbook??? How about a goal line formation?? These shotgun draws on 3rd and 1 have been so consistently called that any defensive coordinator with half of a brain can see it coming from a mile away.

    And then to top it off you run 2 shotgun throws at the 1 yard line with timeouts and plenty of time left. I don’t understand that S%^& at all. The only thing that makes sense (and I think this is why), is Ryan Mathews’s propensity to fumble the ball at the goal line. He has done it a couple of times in the past and they probably don’t have faith in his ability to secure the ball. That is “playing not to lose”.

    Someone please tell me the last time in Chargers history where “playing not to lose” helped win a game. Its Norv Turner all over again. They need to figure this out, embarrassing.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i couldnt understand the spot at all.. we seriously should have been an inch away from scoring…. how could they see on the video that we were that far off from the goal line? ridiculous… then the shotgun formation made no sense at all… if they want to throw, maybe go out of the I and run a play action… WHY GO SHOTGUN!?!?!?!

      • Stan Zab

        Its hard to blame coaching because without this staff we wouldn’t be 4-4 but with just a little better coaching we could easily be 7-1. Easily. Thats why its so frustrating. They need to incorporate an I-formation and goal line formation into the playbook. We have a beastly FB and no I-formation. Makes no sense.

        They’re prolly worried about giving the defense a heads up so they try to run everything out of the shotgun. Obviously that doesn’t work, esp in that 2 minute drill situation. Let em know we’re coming right at em 3 times in a row and punch it in for goodness sakes. Geezus.

  • RZ

    …and I thought I’ve seen it all and then this shit happens.This game.out of all the blown games this season they should have won…instead of…yeah we all know what happened at the end.Hate to say it but They deserved to LOSE after that BS!!

  • C.Steele

    Preach Ernie! Preach!

  • Cgoodness13

    that was a game we were destined to lose, the refs were utterly terrible, whiz’s play calling was almost as bad as norvs, and our coverage was terrible (nothing new their). seriously Mathews is averaging 4+ yards a carry this year and you dont try to punch it in? cmon man, mccoy needs to get in his staffs faces and get this straitened out, plus why the hell was brown running the wrong routes every play?

  • Bill Nichols

    So, I’m watching MNF, the Bears have the ball on the 1′ line, first down. Run up the gut, doesn’t get it. 2and down, they spread it out, w Forte in the backfield, snap it and hand it off to Forte for the TD……… Must be nice….. Still freaking pissed.. !!

  • Bill Nichols

    THE SPOT!!!!! Seriously?????? I just read a few post’s, sorry. I think I threw up in my mouth a little bit.

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  • dogeater

    if mccoy can’t device a scheme on how to run the ball for 1 yard in 3 tries, then I should assume that he is not ready to coach in the nfl. it’s norv all over again.

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