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McCoy: Mathews running out of bounds a “critical mistake”

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San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy was not happy with the decision Ryan Mathews made to run out-of-bounds late in their 19-9 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.

With the Chargers holding a 16-7 lead and 2:34 left on the clock, Mathews stepped out-of-bounds on a four-yard carry that allowed the Colts to save one of their three timeouts. McCoy was noticeably upset on the sidelines from the plays as he shouted at Mathews.

I can’t repeat what I said on the sideline yesterday,” McCoy said, via Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “It comes down to, that could have cost us the game.”

McCoy saw first hand how critical such a decision could be while serving as the Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator in 2011. In a December game against the Chicago Bears, Marion Barber stepped out-of-bounds for the Bears to save time on the clock for Tim Tebow and the Broncos’ offense to get one last shot. They came through as Tebow hit Demaryius Thomas for a 10-yard touchdown to force overtime. Denver then won in the extra session.

It was a “critical mistake” in an otherwise encouraging performance for Mathews. He carried for 102 yards on 22 carries for the Chargers.

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17 Responses to “McCoy: Mathews running out of bounds a “critical mistake””
  1. mantastic54 says: Oct 15, 2013 11:50 PM

    I thought it was tebows great leadership and will to win that won that game vs chicago in 2011

  2. Bearfan54 says: Oct 16, 2013 12:07 AM

    Being a Bears fan I remember that game when Barber ran out of bounds. That really pissed me off. There were also some other coaching mistakes that game if i remember correctly that helped the Broncos win. Ultimately it was Tebow’s momentum that carried the Broncos to that victory.

  3. doe22us says: Oct 16, 2013 12:19 AM

    Yeah, it was a boneheaded play, but i doubt if the Colts had anything in them to mount a comeback, they looked really flat. Get over yourself coach no harm no foul after the fact.

  4. shawtiernan says: Oct 16, 2013 12:23 AM

    The run out of bounds in Denver allowed the tying field goal, not a touchdown. Just as an FYI.

  5. nfl4days says: Oct 16, 2013 12:33 AM

    The sign of a good coach.

  6. dontcorrectmeplz says: Oct 16, 2013 12:49 AM

    With his injury history, he was probably just trying to protect himself and didn’t want to risk an unnecessary injury. Still not a smart move when considering the game situation.

  7. bennyb82 says: Oct 16, 2013 3:41 AM

    Obviously Matthews should have stayed in bounds…but the Colts would have had to score twice in the final couple minutes for it to cost SD the game.

  8. joetoronto says: Oct 16, 2013 4:52 AM

    Unlike McFadden, who was flying down the sideline with two defenders angling him off. He turned inside and laid the wood on both of them and sent them flying.

  9. jonsilver1947 says: Oct 16, 2013 5:46 AM

    McCoy ONLY has the right to yell at Matthews if the Chargers spend a significant amount of time in practice and skull sessions working on situational football. Otherwise, it’s McCoy’s fault, not Matthews’. Many teams don’t thoroughly practice/plan for these situations.

  10. jvn36 says: Oct 16, 2013 8:47 AM

    I guess that’s why DMC is the only person less durable than Ryan Mathews. Down by 3 TDs but dmc ran into a guy…… (Yawn/eye roll) BFD

  11. rjg427 says: Oct 16, 2013 10:47 AM

    It was clear as day what he said to him on the sidelines: “That was f’n stupid”

    funny when tirico says, ‘I dont think McCoy is happy right now”

  12. drecaz says: Oct 16, 2013 11:02 AM

    Sorry but it was not a “critical mistake,” Mike. If it was, the Chargers would have lost the game. I’d call it a boneheaded mistake. Mathews was probably thinking too much about not fumbling the ball rather than staying in bounds.

  13. r8rh8r says: Oct 16, 2013 11:30 AM

    joetoronto says: Oct 16, 2013 4:52 AM

    Unlike McFadden, who was flying down the sideline with two defenders angling him off. He turned inside and laid the wood on both of them and sent them flying…..

    …and then the Faiders lost again…No one cares Joey.

  14. joetoronto says: Oct 16, 2013 11:59 AM

    Matthews is as soft as they come, soft like a baby’s behind, the perfect Charger.

  15. yourmomsnewfriend says: Oct 16, 2013 2:50 PM

    joetoronto says: Oct 16, 2013 4:52 AM

    Unlike McFadden, who was flying down the sideline with two defenders angling him off. He turned inside and laid the wood on both of them and sent them flying.

    - – -

    What’s your point? McFadden is softer than Mathews. The guy has been in the league longer, and has NEVER completed an entire season. Additionally, he’s not even good enough to manufacture wins (like LT was, or AP is now). So, stick to the facts.

  16. dasmol says: Oct 16, 2013 3:36 PM

    joetoronto says: Oct 16, 2013 4:52 AM

    “Unlike McFadden, who was flying down the sideline with two defenders angling him off”

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    You sure those weren’t nurses?

  17. raiderapologist says: Oct 16, 2013 4:21 PM

    dasmol says: Oct 16, 2013 3:36 PM

    joetoronto says: Oct 16, 2013 4:52 AM

    “Unlike McFadden, who was flying down the sideline with two defenders angling him off”

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    You sure those weren’t nurses?
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    I’d be lying if I said that didn’t make me laugh out loud.

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