Versatile Chargers Offense Will Be Difficult To Defend

Every team is looking to create a spark on offensive side of the football; some teams build around a quarterback, while other teams build around a featured runner. Very few teams can legitimately say they've successfully built around both. The San Diego Chargers are one of the rare teams in the NFL with almost perfect balance between the ground game and the passing game.

With weapons all over the field, and without a featured player to key on, defenses are going to be forced to spread out and defend the entire field when they face the Bolts. This in turn creates match-up problems, resulting in opportunities for big plays. Whether its Antonio Gates' presence that frees up Vincent Jackson down field, or its Chris Chambers drawing the safety out of the box so that Ladainian Tomlinson can get to the second level, the Chargers should continue to be a dynamic offensive machine capable of scoring at any time.

The key component to the Chargers' offensive success has been and will continue to be the play of their quarterback, Philip Rivers. Rivers came out of a system at NC State where we was asked to distribute the ball around, and that experience has directly translated to his game on the pro level. He's still spreading the ball to his many weapons, but he limits his mistakes because he knows he doesn't need to force the ball to one specific guy.

"In this offense, with this group of guys that we have, it's hard to pin-point a go-to guy," say Rivers. "I kind of like to think that goes from week to week."

Up in Minnesota, you can be guaranteed that the Vikings are going to try to score points and win games by establishing the run with Adrian Peterson getting lots of touches. In Indianapolis, Peyton Manning is going to throw the ball forty to fifty times a game. The Colts have struggled to run the ball with consistency, instead placing tremendous pressure on Manning to win games through the air. In San Diego, however, the Chargers no longer need to wear Ladainain Tomlinson out in order to generate enough positive yardage. They've got a variety of options, which makes them a nightmare for opposing defenses to prepare for.

"You never know. Vincent could have eight catches one game, and [Antonio] Gates the next. LT could lead in receptions one week. Sproles, Chambers, Malcom... I could go on and on. Legedu has made some big plays and continues to, out here [in training camp]. You never know who it's going to be any given week. I think the key is to have a group as unselfish as we have. You want them to be a little selfish, because you want every receiver to want the ball, and to be hungry for it. But they all have a way to really encourage and pull for one another. They really enjoy the success each other has."

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Anonymous said... Aug 5, 2009, 9:10:00 AM

Your right, the Chargers offense will be hard to contain as long as the O-Line doesn't play like it did last year. I was so sick of seeing defenders penetrating the line and making tackles in the Chargers backfield.

Anonymous said... Aug 5, 2009, 12:54:00 PM

Second sentence:"very few team's can legitimately say..."
It passes spell check, but really?

Rob Zepeda said... Aug 5, 2009, 12:57:00 PM

Thanks. Fixed.

Anonymous said... Aug 5, 2009, 1:37:00 PM

It's easy to agree with Mr. Zepeda because the Chargers offensive talent pool is both deep and wide, but beware: It's thinnest right up the middle, and that's the shortest distance to a slow-footed quarterback with a bad knee and few experienced back-up QB's. Unfortunately, this reminds me of how the NFL finally figured out the best way to defend the astonishing passing attack of the Air Coryell days was to overload and funnel the rush straight up the middle into the face of a slow-footed Dan Fouts; thereby forcing him to hold onto the ball longer.
Possible Solution? Insert a goodly amount of the so-called Wildcat offense here this spring. We already know LaDainian can run AND pass well, we have a wealth of tall, sure-handed receivers, a monster tight end, and an untapped run-and-gun whiz in L. Nanee in the wings. Throw in Sproles and an eager "Buster" Davis, Gartrell, or Hester in the slot (plus the other reserves), and sh*t..., the chargers should score on nearly every possession. If *this* team doesn't make it to the Super Bowl, I don't know what they will say they need to get there. They're LOADED. Go Bolts! Win it ALL!

Anonymous said... Aug 7, 2009, 11:27:00 AM

There are to many expert fans. Why are you idiots not coaching the chargers to there 20 super bowl win? Oh, thats right, all of you are too stupied to coach pee wee. But all of you have the inside track on whats going on with the team. Nobody can fix stupied, so all of you are out of luck. Philp River will get the job done. Wildcat? Why would you resort to garbage football. You want that, go watch college football.The wild cat did nothing for Miami in the playoffs. One and done.
Be thankful San Diego that the Chargers have this talent, and not losing like did for all of those years.

Anonymous said... Aug 7, 2009, 1:54:00 PM

"Nobody can fix stupied, so all of you are out of luck"...

No you can't but we can learn how to spell

Anonymous said... Aug 7, 2009, 9:05:00 PM

Don't forget, Legedu was a QB at Boise State before converting to WR. Not to say he would have made it as a pro but he should be good for a WR pass play.

Anonymous said... Aug 9, 2009, 3:55:00 AM

Whew! You’ve managed to turn your keyboard into a damn whoopee cushion! Please accept my condolences for the death of your basic English education.
However, your writing challenges are of little concern, nor necessary, for you to be welcome on this website. This is a place for Charger fans of every type; “expert” or not, in parody or parity.
That said (and with apologies to those who may agree with you that you “can’t fix stupied”), please allow me a few small points of information even I’ve come to know about football, here paraphrased from the web in hopes you might be less afraid in the future:
The wildcat formation, (or wildcat offense) is a variation on the single-wing formation, an offensive football scheme that has been used at EVERY level of the game, and it is an offensive package rather than an offense. The single-wing formation was designed to place double-team blocks at the point of attack, and several people can receive and throw the ball, including the quarterback (so know your affection for Philip Rivers is very safe).
And although the early version of the single-wing lost much of its popularity after WWII, its characteristic features are still prevalent in ALL levels of modern football. These include pulling guards, double teams, play action passes, laterals, wedge blocking, trap blocking, the sweep, the reverse and the (rarely used nowadays, but still legal) quick kick. The single-wing was one of the first formations attempting to trick a defense instead of simply over-powering it.
Once a strong running formation, the single-wing has been replaced by formations that facilitate passing (often the T formation – once considered a “gimmick” formation, and also formulated in the college game), while minimizing the running aspect of the game. Today the single-wing has evolved in what coaches call the spread offense or shotgun, with the emphasis on passing.
The most noticeable feature that remains of the single-wing (aka the Carlisle formation: originally oh-so-ironically developed by Glenn “Pop” Warner, who perhaps you were referring to in your pearl of, “all of you are too stupied to coach pee wee” [?] - at the Carlisle Indian School in order to maximize an extraordinary talent in his backfield, the young Jim Thorp) is the long toss from center to the main ball-handler. Over time the other single-wing backs have moved closer to the line of scrimmage and are split farther from the main line. Wide receivers are called split-ends, flex ends, slots, and flankers. Also, linemen spacing has increased in distance. Moving offensive players farther apart serves the purpose of also spreading the defense. The goal is to make defenses cover the whole field on every play.
My main point in inserting this encyclopedic minute is because I am hoping to somehow inform you that historically the best and most innovative coaches ADAPT their schemes to their available talent and the situation they play in, including rule and personnel changes. Maybe even the Chargers?
And as for your charge of, “there are too many expert fans”, please know as a Charger football FAN I make no apologies at all; to you or anyone else. I love my Bolts!!
As for expertise, it is transitory at best.

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