Chargers: Rivers will feel Woodhead loss

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Chargers: Rivers will feel Woodhead loss


PFF-headlinesThe hits keep coming to the San Diego Chargers’ backfield as the team learned this week that Danny Woodhead was lost for the season with a broken fibula. This comes a week after the Chargers lost Ryan Mathews for 4-5 weeks with an MCL sprain.

Woodhead has played a key role in the resurgence of Philip Rivers over the last two seasons. During Rivers’ best years in the league, he’s had dependable and consistent running backs that could catch the ball out of the backfield. From LaDainian Tomlinson to Darren Sproles — and, more recently, Woodhead — Rivers regularly takes benefit from getting the ball to his sure-handed backfield help. In fact, his worst seasons as a pro were the two seasons after the team parted ways with Sproles and before they picked up Woodhead.

But just how good has Woodhead been with the Chargers? In 2013, he was our seventh-highest ranked RB with a +14.4 overall grade. He was second for running backs in yards receiving (605), second in receptions (76), fourth in targets (83) and third in our Yards Per Route Run Signature Stat with a 2.02 mark.

Donald Brown, undrafted rookie free agent Branden Oliver, and recently-signed Shaun Draughn look to fill in a major hole left by the Woodhead injury.

  • [email protected]

    Chargers will be better. He’s not a bad player but its a waste of a down to hand off to a guy who is only get to barely convert 3rd and 1. You have a chance for a game changing play there.

    • PETE

      Woodhead made quite a few big plays for San Diego last season. Go back and watch instead of assuming he didn’t because you’re bitter Seattle lost to the Chargers this year.

      • [email protected]

        Link me a big play he made on a 3rd and short. Picking up the first down doesn’t count.

        • What?

          You’re bitter because that small RB helped beat your team. He averages 4 yards a carry against your vaunted defense. He had just 12 touches and 6 went for first downs. He helped to pass block for Rivers as he shredded the Legion of Boom. I don’t blame you for being bitter, without Woodhead the Seahawks might have won.

          • [email protected]

            I didn’t expect to go undefeated. I would have liked to win that game but that was the least important of our first 3 games. We had the fail-mary revenge game (cant lose that) the superbowl rematch (cant lose that) and this game was sandwiched in the middle. Classic trap game. Not that San Diego isnt a good team, they are.

    • What?

      They never used him the right way? Really? He had over 1000 total yards and 8 TDs last year on less than 200 touches. He was # 2 in the league in receptions among running backs last year (76, 1 behind the leader at 77). He was effective as a pass blocker and outlet receiver, two things which helped Rivers rebound from an awful 2012 to have a career year in 2013. What the hell are you talking about?

  • Layne Staley

    Woodhead was a mini-force against the Seahawks, coming up big with clutch plays. Not huge hitters for massive gains, but those 3 down grinding plays that kept the chains moving, the team heading towards the goal-line, and the opponents offense off the field. He’ll be sorely missed – in those short yardage situations, you always had to account for Woodhead.

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    • [email protected]

      I like Danny Woodhead. A slow small white guy who gets the most out of his limited talents. Its a tough way to win football games to just barely grind out first downs and not make any big plays. To use a poker analogy i can beat AA with 2/7 offsuit, but that doesn’t make it a good strategy.

  • MachoMenos

    It’ll be even more important for the Chargers to mix up their play calling in the second half of games. Philip always trusted Danny to pick up his block on third and long. Can you really trust “Damn It” Donald or a rookie to pick up that block to not get your QB killed? It’s time for McCoy to give more leeway to Rivers and Reich instead of playing prevent offense in the second half.

    • [email protected]

      I dont know what they think they were doing with Woodhead. Running him between the tackles for 2 yards a carry is uninspired to say the least. He’s a tweener you have to be more creative. Run out an empty set with him split wide and then run him in motion and hand him the ball if they aren’t defending the run. Things like that, he’s a combo player. Part RB part receiver.

      • MachoMenos

        As far as the way they used Woodhead, what’s wrong with using him to get 1st down after 1st down? Worked pretty well against Seattle.

        • [email protected]

          Whats wrong with it is that 3rd and 1 is a prime opportunity to make a big play. To concede any opportunity to make a game changing play to make a relatively easy play is a poor bargain.

          Marshawn Lynch ran for a 40 yard TD in the NFC championship on 3rd and 1. If he just runs forward and dives for a first down the Seahawks might not even get to the Superbowl.

          • What?

            Yup, Lynch’s big plays sure helped the Seahawks beat Woodhead’s team… oh wait.

            Of course, its hard for anyone else to have a big play when Gates is hogging them all. It was so polite of the Legion of Boom to let a 34 year old with a bad hamstring work them over like that.

          • [email protected]

            The Chargers players can brag to their friends that they beat the Seahawks while theyre watching the Seahawks win another Superbowl on tv.

    • [email protected]

      If you want a blocker put a fullback out there. Do you even have one on the roster?

      • MachoMenos

        They decided to keep David Johnson, a blocking TE who can also play fullback. Unfortunately, he also couldn’t go today.

        • [email protected]

          I just think its weird, Danny Woodhead is pretty much playing fullback if you think about it. Blocking, short yardage and catching a few passes. Personally, i think you’d be better off using either a pure RB or FB for those duties.

      • What?

        You really have no idea how football works, do you?

    • pitt yinzer

      killed me with the “Damn it Donald” lol

  • [email protected]

    Really? Danny Woodhead was your 7th ranked running back? That is not something i would be bragging about. He was nowhere near the 7th best RB in 2013.

    • Jerr

      Really? Name them. Bet you can’t.

      • [email protected]

        No i couldn’t. Some of the guys who i would take before Woodhead i don’t even know their names. Thats how not special he is as a RB. I think he could be a top slot receiver.

        • Jerr

          I suppose everyone is entitled to their opinion. Even if it makes no sense.

          • [email protected]

            Really? Did you see the KC-NE game last night? Are you going to tell me that Danny Woodhead is better than Knile Davis and Jamaal Charles? You might not know this because you’re brainwashed by the media. But running backs still win games in the NFL. And not the ones that only catch checkdowns.

          • What?

            Yes, running backs named Woodhead help win games too. He helped them make the playoffs last year and then helped them win a playoff game. Did Danny Woodhead steal your girlfriend or something?

          • [email protected]

            So you were all saying??? Gee Woodhead is not that great. His backups are even better than he is. Who said that?

          • [email protected]

            The thing is, most teams have a Knile Davis or two on their roster. The RB position in the NFL is DEEP.

          • What?

            Who cares if he’s a great athlete, what matters is that he’s a good football player. And he is. He can catch, he can run, he can block. He was a critical part of a top 5 offense last year. Not sure what’s so hard to understand about this?

    • What?

      Do you not understand how PFF works? They grade the plays, add up the scores, and then the rankings are based purely on who actually graded out the best. Based on ACTUAL GRADING Woodhead was a top 10 RB last year. Not a surprise considering how productive he was, how good he was at pass blocking, and how much of an impact he had on a top 5 offense.

      • [email protected]

        HAHAHHAHA

  • [email protected]

    I can see why PFF loves Danny Woodhead. He makes easy plays on a regular basis. Thats what gets you high grades on PFF. Catching checkdowns, making blocks, being in the general vicinity when a pass was not completed. PFF LOVES those kind of mediocre but consistent players.

    • John Murray

      Is that you Richard Sherman??? Sanders grades would have been sky high he was a blanket. Would love to see how Lester Hayes would have graded he was a shadow. PFF rated Asoumough(sp??)as overrated with Oakland and look what happened in Philly? Revis made plenty of big plays. My favorite non big play came in NE in ’09. Jets down 31-14, 22 seconds left. Ryan stopped calling TO as they knew they were done. Does Brady take a knee? No. They have Moss run a post on Revis since he couldn’t beat him all day. He broke it up. This is why he called Bellichek an A-whatever. Deservedly so. Don’t think his heart is in NE.

      • [email protected]

        Sanders was NOT a blanket, he did his best to bait quarterbacks into throwing his way. If the ball wasn’t thrown it would look like the receiver was open. I can see him getting terrible grades on PFF.

        A pass defense is not a huge play. Interceptions are huge plays.

        • Reality

          Funny, Rivers didn’t seem to have an issue throwing to Sherman’s side.

          • [email protected]

            Hah, he did it just to show that he was doing it. They threw a couple of checkdowns and underneath routes to his side.

        • John Murray

          NFL top 100 voted by players in 2011.Revis top voted defender by his piers.not just corner, all players. This with mid range INT numbers. Word gets around. If Sherman gets there more power to him but I don’t see it. Deion would have a chance in heydey.

    • What?

      Yes, playing well consistently will get you a high grade on PFF. If you think the system is flawed, maybe go check out Football Outsiders instead.

      Oh wait, FO loves Woodhead too! # 6 in rushing DVOA last year, #1 in receiving DYAR and #2 in receiving DVOA among running backs!

      It’s almost like one of the favorite targets of a top ranked passing offense run by a QB having a career year must be at least a little bit good at playing football. Amazing.

      • [email protected]

        Oh yes, one statistical site is bs so lets check another one! They both use statistics to judge football which is retarded. So how you like me now? Who is right?

  • [email protected]

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