Sep 9, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) celebrates with quarterback Philip Rivers (17) after a touchdown during the first half against the Houston Texans at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Philip Rivers Focused On Scoring 7s

But we’ve got to score touchdowns in the red zone.

The San Diego Chargers struggled in the red zone early last season. There were many opportunities that were wasted down deep in enemy territory and we ended up losing games because of that struggle. Philip Rivers has had an added focus in that area of the game this offseason:

“You look at the red zone and goal-line situations, and we weren’t very good,” Rivers said. “Offense is about scoring touchdowns. We did so many things well. Long drives, third downs, completion percentage — there’s a lot of things we did real well. But we’ve got to score touchdowns in the red zone.” – ESPN

Philip spent all of last season in the offense and will have a few adjustments with Frank Reich taking it over, but that adjustment shouldn’t be drastic. The learning period is over and the team will be looking to perfect the little things in order to keep this offense at the elite level.

The offense plans on using Ladarius Green more and that should be a nice assist in that red zone. He is a large target with solid hands that will be a tough matchup for defenses. The offense also already has Antonio Gates and Keenan Allen that can get open quickly at the line of scrimmage.

A lot of the success in the red zone came last season through the running game. Ryan Mathews and Donald Brown will be big contributors down in that area and they will be a huge factor in the team’s success at scoring touchdowns instead of settling for Nick Novak.

The team needs to put up 7s. Keep scoring those 7s and make the other teams try to keep up with us.

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