Mike McCoy was right.
If one of San Diego’s three plays inside the 1-yard line worked with 21 seconds remaining in Sunday’s game, the Chargers’ head coach wouldn’t be fielding questions about the play calling after a 30-24 loss to the Redskins at FedExField.
But they didn’t, and he was.
In the winning locker room after the game, cornerback DeAngelo Hall shed some light on the tricks the Chargers unsuccessfully tried to pull in the red zone.
On first down, the Chargers lined up in a three receiver set and trotted Danny Woodhead out for a draw play.
“When Woodhead is in, you’re kind of thinking more pass than run,” Hall said. “They were just trying to do a lot of tendency breakers.”
On second down, San Diego set up a predominantly running formation with 220-pound running back Ryan Mathews, a fullback and two tight ends with Antonio Gates split wide like a receiver.
“There was a lot of little things,” Hall said. “Even Philip (Rivers) gave me the slant signal, and Gates ran the fade. They were just trying to do a lot of things to mix us up a little bit.”
The Redskins forced an incomplete pass on third down, the Chargers kicked a field goal and suddenly a game that appeared lost was headed to overtime.
“Do you like the fight of the guys? Absolutely. Do you wish you weren’t in that situation? Absolutely,” Hall said.
“That’s almost impossible odds when a team has the ball down there like that with seconds left on the clock. That’s a tough situation to be in.”
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