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Turner mistifies analysts with gameplan in New England
As bad as the Chiefs have looked having been outscored a combined 89-10, Norv Turner might be tempted to run one up the gut for a three yard loss and punt on second down all afternoon this Sunday.
It's no more or less insane than dropping eight defenders into zone coverage and rushing three down linemen against Tom Brady like they did last week against the Patriots.
Really? Are you (expletive) kidding me?
Perhaps the coaching staff thought too much time in the pocket might confuse Brady, you know, throw him off of his game somehow.
I suppose it's no more or less loony than running a max-protect on every offensive play with the No. 1 offense in the league from last year. For those Chargers fans who've been wondering why there's been so many check-downs to the running back during the first two weeks of this season, allow me to explain.
The max-protect only sends two receivers into the pattern keeping everyone else in to block. That means that two receivers have to beat five or six defenders to get open. If they fail, the tailback chips a rusher then sneaks out into the flat as a dump-off option. An excellent strategy for a rebuilding team, sure, but a championship contender? Every play? For an entire game? With the Chargers' personnel?
No wonder Rivers is forcing throws into a sea of defenders, and Tolbert is dancing around behind the line of scrimmage like a fat, intoxicated Barry Sanders. That's what happens when you hamstring a great player, they sometimes get caught trying to do too much.