Inside The Bills

Rub plays were big in Chargers pass game

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2014 – 6:20 pm

It began with a ‘pick play’ on Nickell Robey, who lost Malcom Floyd after his pursuit was re-routed by an intersecting receiver. Floyd was wide open and went 49 yards and into Buffalo territory before he was brought down. It was the first, but certainly not the last time the Chargers resorted to the ‘rub play’ to get one of their receivers some separation from his defender.

“We didn’t make the plays when they came our way,” said Corey Graham. “They pretty much ran a lot of pick routes, a lot of speed outs, a lot of crossers and we sat back and gave it to them. We weren’t aggressive enough. We didn’t make enough plays.”

When asked specifically what was a thorn in the pass defense’s side, Graham laid it out.

“Pick plays,” he said. “They put receivers in the slot and they would run a little rub routes –the number two receiver and the number one receiver.  They had that big play early on with that.  They ran a couple of them.  That was the big thing—we didn’t adjust well to what they were doing and if you don’t adjust you’ll lose games.”


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