Chargers Playbook: Ladarius Green With The Big Gain

By Ernie Padaon

July 23, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green (89) runs after making a catch during training camp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s jump back in the playbook again to see the use of Ladarius Green on offense. Again, excuse my grade school drawings on the iPad, I will look to bring the photos somewhere else to clean them up, but you get the grade school version for now.

Ladarius Green is a threat on the football field anytime they get him in there. On this play, they have two tight ends lined up on the right side. Green and Antonio Gates are on the right side at tight end, Danny Woodhead is in the backfield with Keenan Allen out wide and Vincent Brown in the slot.

Allen is going to run a comeback route,  Brown is going to run the post and Woodhead is going to leak out in the flat. On the tight end side, Antonio Gates is going to run a streak and suck in the safety while Ladarius Green is going to run a wheel route.

Pre-snap, Philip likely saw that he had linebackers on both of his tight ends with a safety helping deep on the play. The safety has to pick up Gates streaking up the field and he knows that a linebacker won’t be able to stay with Green. Philip keeps his eyes out to the left side early to get the defense to take a couple of steps in that direction and then comes around to find Green with a step on his defender already.

The ball is out and Green is 5 yards behind the defender and the safety on the right side is caught up on Gates. I think I can make this throw.

Green catches the ball and the nearest defender is 5 yards away.