Dec 1, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green (89) runs for a touchdown after a reception during the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Mike McCoy Wishes He Used Ladarius Green More


Mike McCoy shared some of his thoughts from last season and he shared that he should have gotten Ladarius Green more involved in the offense earlier in the season. Here is what McCoy had to say per CBS Sports:

“What happened with him last year he made the most of his opportunities,” McCoy said. “Early in the year, they were limited. As time went along, and as an offense, you always evolve to what your players do best. Being together for the first time, there were some things we were still learning about our team. It takes time. And Ladarius made the most of his opportunities. When he was in at the right time, he was continuing to make plays. You wish you would have done that a little earlier.”

Green is a mismatch on the field with his combination of speed and size. He is too big for corners to cover and too fast for linebackers to lock down. He can give defenses fits when he is on the field.

It sounds like Mike McCoy will get him the ball more in the coming season. The Chargers could see a lot of action with two tight end sets. The running game will be a staple for the team with Ryan Mathews and Donald Brown on the roster. The team could run with Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green on the field a lot and get them opportunities down the field. We could see a play action pass somewhere in the game plan this coming season.

McCoy is barely scratching the surface with Ladarius Green. The coming season, McCoy will need to tap into the potential with his young tight end. Getting Green more reps on offense will be sweet.

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  • afroamongfew

    Two TE sets all day, every day, baby.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Fullback was slowly faced out by year’s end, but Phillips still played a whole lot, it will be interesting to see if they play Gates & Green as starters, being that neither is anything more than average as blockers.

  • jamfed

    LaDarius Green = Kelvin Benjamin

    …if you watch Green’s college tape, he was a 235# slot receiver, not a TE.

    • Sergio Quintero

      By consequence a reason why Benjamin doesn’t fit that much as a draft pick, if they take a WR my guess is that its Beckham or Cooks.

  • MVPizzle

    2 Tight End sets with a Hall of Famer, and young star, a running game of a pro bowler in a dynamic TRIO of talented backs, and a Rookie of the Year receiver, all under the command of a Potential Hall of Famer quarterback, knocking on the door of a super bowl? BEFORE THE DRAFT?!?!?!?

    Ladies and Gentleman, this season may be one of the best yet.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      there it is! the offense should be on point!

      • Stefanie Smith

        Yep. Ernie. And someday soon our defense will get into top notch form.

    • Stefanie Smith

      I hope so, MVP. The talent is definitely there on the offense.

      • Julien Bélair

        remember when Liuget was viewed as the next justin smith

        • Stefanie Smith

          We have guys that just did not come through. Seriously, why don’t we have a Justin Smith? And why should it take 5 years to either find one or develop one?

          • Julien Bélair

            pagano?

      • powderBLUE801

        I’m afraid we have no choice but to grow if we had the mentality of growing now we would have in free agency. Unless we get grade A rookies that play like VETS.

        • Stefanie Smith

          We really are about there on the offense. Tweak here or there–maybe. Just the defense needs some work.. and not all of it. We have some play makers or guys with great potential already. I still look forward to Melvin Ingram being the player I know he wants to be. There are others. Donald Butler with his new contract has to really crank it up. But we need a decent CB and NT. Hope someone steps up in a big way.

          • powderBLUE801

            I agree. The rookies I was talking of would need to be at CB, NT and another ROLB incase freeny goes down again. Johnson is okay but old too.

          • Stefanie Smith

            Yes, I agree. And rookies really shouldn’t be starters there. Not if you want to make a SB run in that same year. They need to work their way into it.

    • Daryl Peek

      The reason there’s no big rush to find a #2 WR.

      • Sergio Quintero

        Check the corners Allen faces this year its a murderer’s row of corners: Revis, Sherman, Peterson, Talib (2), Flowers (2), Grimes. There might be more urgency than we want to accept.

        • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

          Damn that’s not so nice lol

        • Daryl Peek

          I still say other areas first. The Donkeys and all of their WR weapons were held in check by our suspect DB’s and did nothing against the Seachickens. Green and Gates coupled with a stronger run game can be a difference maker this season.

      • powderBLUE801

        Getting another strong wide out that is big with good hands would be a killer for any defense. With gates, green, Allen and another big body WR the red zone will be ours this year.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Find a credible complementary WR, that penalizes teams for doubling Allen and the puzzle is complete. Whatever the situation is with Floyd I’m sure they wont know what they can expect by the time the draft plays out in May.

      • Julien Bélair

        gates and green will also help Allen

    • Why O Why

      put Green in the slot and he is still a mismatch for the slot corner… On offense we should be more dynamic. My concern is our defense. If we get a solid NT our entire defense gets better, especially Teo. He needs some meat to free him up so he can be the play maker we hope he can be.

    • 1961 Fan

      The Bolts only made the playoffs because the Ravens and Dolphins faulted, then we beat the crappy Chiefs. The Chargers were lucky, then traveled to two Playoff games and ran up against the Division and AFC champion Broncos. You can’t expect to be lucky every year. Remember we lost to the Texans and some other crappy team I can’t remember- oh yea the Raiders. That is not good quality football. If we go 9-7 this year we are a good team; but getting to the PO’s again will take more than luck.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Clapping… I really love Coach McCoy.

  • Pels04

    This is great news for next season. Its pretty cool to have a coach that opens up to the media and admits he would’ve done something different.

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    What Mike McCoy really wishes is that he didn’t let Whisenhunt take the ball out of Rivers’s (Rivers’ ?) hands during that playoff game.

    • Sergio Quintero

      I did give Gehlken crap about the 6 pass first half, with Reich being a former QB I find hard to believe we will see a repeat of that.

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        What did Gehlken say? Last year’s Denver pass D was not going to stop our pass offense. Honestly it wouldn’t have surprised me if Keenan Allen dismantled them single-handedly…obviously including Rivers

        • Sergio Quintero

          Not an answer I was happy with, to be honest it was along the lines of expect more of the same, I’m paraphrasing: they kept their OLine together for a reason, they brought in a better 3rd RB and blocking TE’s (Johnson) because that’s the style of play they want to play, they want to throw the ball well, but first and foremost they are a running team.

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            Wait are you talking about that chat recently?

          • Sergio Quintero

            yes, that one

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            I thought he said they were looking to throw the ball more. Well honestly I thought the gameplan wasn’t too bad until the divisional playoff game where, your gameplan isn’t working but yet you keep doing the same thing.

    • veazy

      It’s Rivers’, the “s” is a part of his name so you don’t need the extra s.

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        True but for the wrong reason. A friend of mine who’s an English major said when it’s a singular noun ending in “s” you’re supposed to use ‘s. I.e. Rivers’s, Michaels’s, or Williams’s. When it’s a plural noun ending in “s” you’re just supposed to add an apostrophe. I.e. Texas’ the Williams’, the actresses’.

        • Gunnar Martin

          ^^^Correct.

        • veazy

          Damn, I’ll try to keep that in mind. I looked it up and you’re right.

        • Why O Why

          straight dropped knowledge.

  • I_Bleed_Powder_Blue_801

    Bring it McCoy & The 3rd Reich!!!

  • Nick Mansoor

    Offense will be on fire this season, and if we draft a really good #2 receiver, then OH MY, we have a Super Bowl Offense

  • BuhaySD

    I was screaming at my TV every weekend saying get that man more playing time. I’m a huge Gates fan but he’s beyond his prime and Green is the more explosive player currently. Having them both on the field together will be a match up nightmare for any defense. Especially in the red zone.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Sounds like a plan to me.! Hired…

  • Julien Bélair

    next year Green will have more snaps than Gates

    • Stefanie Smith

      They could do something similar to what they were doing in New England with Gronk and Hernandez. A set of them.

      • Julien Bélair

        I hope they do. Those two clearly have the potentiel to hurt defences just by their presence on the field

      • julian vesga is chargerfan#21

        Apparently there is a raiders fan here
        (COUGH, COUGH) (MARK)

  • Mark Viguri

    Glad to here Charger brass being dogged about not letting Green play. Even Norval 2 yrs ago was hounded by local sports reporter Marty Caswell for not using Gates and Ladarius like NE uses Gronk & the convict. Today #85 is still the Bolts #1 TE. If you want Green to shine trade Gates or let Ladarius play WR until Gates retires.

    • Stefanie Smith

      You’re the guy that posted on nfl.com that Brown would be the starting RB for the Chargers. Everyone was asking what nut said that.

      • Gunnar Martin

        Hahahaha that’s embarrassing…

      • Mark Viguri

        Let me help you short bus since you’re always catching up. All Brown did last year was beat out Trent Richards, Remember the RB the Colts traded for Trent Richards? The best RB in his draft class Trent Richards. Brown signed for 3 years. Brown will end up being the starting RB for the Chargers for the next couple of yrs, next.

        • Stefanie Smith

          Hey, don’t get hostile with me. I repeated what you had posted. You just reiterated that. Talk to them about it. They stated it was idiotic. And seeing what you just typed, yeah, you are sort of dim.

          • Mark Viguri

            Oh no not disparaging comments from closet bloggers. Well Piggy looks like you are in great company. But at the end of next year when the Chargers are rolling into the playoffs don’t be surprised when Brown is the starting RB. And again in 2015 and 2016

          • Daniel Sutter

            Mark, you must not have watched very much football last year. Watch a few runs from Mathews noting his cuts and vision in 2013. Then watch Browns. Not even close. Bet your one of those ‘Woody should start’ guys too. dont get me wrong, i love Woodhead but not a #1 back.

          • Mark Viguri

            I’ve also been posting that Johnny Football will be the #1 pick in the draft and am surprised the knuckle draggers missed that. Maybe you also missed his pro-day today.

        • Marcel West-Bailey

          Hey hey. Relax. If you’re still throwing out short bus jokes it may be time to retire those and come up with something relatively new. I called you numbnuts for saying Donald Brown was going to be the starter in SD next year. There’s no way that ends up happening unless Matthews goes down or doesn’t decide to resign with the team. Brown is a good running back. No doubt. But he isn’t Ryan Matthews. And neither is Trent Richardson. Behind a significantly improved line over last year, Mathews became the back many hoped for when he was drafted. Not to mention, Richardson and Brown are nearly the exact same back. North-South power backs who run in between the tackles. So it’s not like you lose anything when you start the other. When you have a breakout season like Mathews did, you don’t lose your starting job, you just solidify it.

          • Stefanie Smith

            Hugs to ya, Marcel! lol

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            Lol hey hey

          • Daniel Sutter

            very true words there sir. Mathews (1 t by the way lol) haters out there need to open their eyes! Beast Mode!

  • Julien Bélair

    Green will be a STAR if he sees the field next season so just give him 90% of the snaps ! thanks

  • Steve Diaz

    I’ve been a fan of Green since we drafted him. Great size and speed. Can’t wait to see him and Gates on the field together! Rivers likes his big targets. Now let’s go out and get an OG and WR, and concentrate on our DEFENSE. We’ll be a match for any team now…..

    • Why O Why

      We NEED a NT! The experts know way more than I. Everyone is calling for a CB first. My thought is once you bring in a solid NT our Dline gets a boost which helps our secondary and Teo. A corner solves a need but a NT settles in the defense better overall. Basically solid NT > solid CB = better overall defense with 1 player.

  • Diegoblue

    Bout time .. Damn

  • Daniel Sutter

    We need to use Green out wide as NO does with jimmy. Im thinking this may be one piece of our game next year. Line him up inside and let the opposing D settle in, then have Rivers pull him out wide and get our version of ‘Omaha’ going and snap the ball before the D can resettle creating an even larger mismatch. Philip is great at this, just need to expand the thinking/play calling.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      OMAHA

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

    Ya.. don’t.. say.

  • 1961 Fan

    Trade Gates for a second round pick, a CB, WR, or Left Offensive T, maybe a proven RB so Green can develop. Do it now before Gates goes lame as in the past years.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i dont think we could get a 2nd for gates

      • Daniel Sutter

        agreed…see Sproles for example.