Questioning Tactics

Not many times will you see someone question the coaching of a 4-0 team. <br></br> Wade Richey has been booming kickoffs into the end zone through the first 4 games. He has 7 touchbacks in fact even though he had none last week vs. New England.

Steve Christie is 3-3 inside the 40 yard line and has been known throughout his career for his accuracy from inside the 50.

Is it no surprise he did not make an attempt of 50 yards or more in 2001 and only had one attempt, which he missed, in 2000? 2000 was the same year that saw him win 3 player of the week awards.

Yet this season Christie has already had 2 attempts beyond the 50 yard line. One was blocked and the other was missed. Total that up and you get 0 for 2. That is .000 for those scoring at home. His first miss was in Arizona during the 1st quarter that went wide right. The game ended 23-15 and his score could have made those final minutes easier to bear. His 2nd miss came last week vs. New England. This time it was blocked and came in the 4th quarter against the defending champs. Two times field position was compromised. Two times they had a weapon they left on the sidelines.

Weapons are supposed to be left on the field. Regardless of the fact one was blocked, Marty Schottenheimer needs to go with his best available players at all times for the situation. When a field goal attempt is beyond 50 yards, choose the guy (Wade Richey) who is 2nd in the league in touchbacks, booming them 70-75 yards in the process. Don't leave him on the sidelines. If you are going to give the ball away without using the guy who has a proven stronger leg why go for the field goal in the first place.

Sometimes even on a 4-0 team things baffle the mind. There is still a long way to go and the route goes through San Diego. Lets hope the Chargers realize that.

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