The Chargers Red Zone Offense

By Ernie Padaon

Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan  Allen (13) makes a diving catch in the end zone for a touchdown during the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

We won. It feels good to win. We did let the Indianapolis Colts hang around that game a little longer than we should have with our play in the red zone though. We were deep down in the opponent’s side of the field all dang day and came up short of that golden goodness. We have to bring in 7s deep down in that territory.

We have the players to be good down there too, but we still have couldn’t get it done. Remember when Eddie Royal was that touchdown machine to start out the year? Keenan Allen looks like a perfect weapon down in that area.  He can get open right off of the line of scrimmage and pick up yards after the catch. Vincent Brown will jump up and get after the football if you toss it to him. Antonio Gates is a threat down there all the time.

Ryan Mathews likely has to be featured down in that area a little more. We have all those weapons in the passing game down in that area, but we have no threat of running the football. In the red zone, that is where the backs make that money. Mathews looked more like a power running back last night and we will need someone to move that football down in that area.

We have the people to get it done. We have the weapons. We just need to execute and get those 7s. The more chances we bring it down there, the more practice we get.