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Predicting the Chargers Starting Offense


Yesterday, I made my predictions on who we would have playing for our starting defense, today I will make some predictions on who we will have on our starting offense. Vincent Jackson and the whole left side of the line are question marks as well as Jacob Hester and Mike Tolbert. Here is my prediction for the starting 11:

QB Philip Rivers
RB Ryan Mathews
FB Jacob Hester
LT Jared Gaither
LG Steve Hutchinson
C Nick Hardwick
RG Louis Vasquez
RT Jeromey Clary
WR Reggie Wayne
WR Malcom Floyd
TE Antonio Gates

Obviously, Philip Rivers, Ryan Mathews and Antonio Gates are not going anywhere and they will lead this offense.

Now for the changes:
It sounds like Marcus McNeill is as good as gone. They will likely release him because of injury concerns with his neck and his replacement will be Jared Gaither. Gatiher performed well in his short audition and we will just hope that he is able to perform for the whole season.

Kris Dielman will be retiring and the Chargers need to find someone to insert into the starting lineup at left guard. There has been talk that Steve Hutchinson could be let go in Minnesota and he would be a nice replacement for a season or two. Nick Hardwick is one of our big free agents that we will have to re-sign and we will make sure that he is wearing blue and gold next season.

The right side of the line will remain the same and we will have to endure the holding and false start penalties from Clary for another season.

Now for the Vincent Jackson drama. He will end up taking the money from some other team and we will have to fill that number one receiver spot with someone. We should be able to pick up Wayne for a cheaper price tag and he can be the stop gap till Vincent Brown is able to step in as a starter or we draft someone else later.

What is your prediction for the starting offense next season?

If you missed the prediction for the starting defense you ca check it out here.

Tags: Vincent Jackson

  • MikeTuck

    Boy I hope not or it will be a repeat of last year. Clary has had time to show, he’s a backup. Wayne has seen his best and shouldn’t be on the Chargers radar. He’s use to a Manning Pass, I’m not sure him and Rivers would click. Jackson will be here, if not Brown has shown he can fill in. Smith will get the Oline a couple of vets to nguard Rivers. My opinion but well see in a week or so .

  • MikeTuck

    Who knows, Smith knows it’s a hard game to gauge talent. We might see New England with their two great TE’s shake things up. Welker might be back at the slot for us, with Floyd and Brown. Draft a great new rookie for back-up. That would be a good line-up if you include laMichael James as our third down man. Alot of quickness over the center by Welker and james would draw the Secoundary in for Brown and Floyds big plays.

  • drewwall1

    If we get rid of McNeil, Castillo, and Dielman retires. We will have a lot of money to spend on free agency. As Much as $50 million. check out this site it shows who and how much every player under contract in 2012 is getting.
     
    http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/san-diego-chargers/cap-hit/

  • A_Eme_O_Ere

    QB Philip Rivers RB Ryan Mathews FB Jacob Hester LT Jared Gaither LG David DeCastro C Nick Hardwick RG Louis Vasquez RT Jeromey Clary WR Vincent Jackson WR Malcom Floyd TE Antonio Gates

  • EduardoEdeza

    Really Reggie “OLD MAN” Wayne? Hell No…. vjax will stay.. idk bout floyd… maybe we will draft a wr… HOPE TOLBERT STAYS

  • @kencaminiti21

    If the Saints franchise Brees that G (Nicks?) will be available.  Chargers should make a play for him.  Unfortunately AJ Smith will probably go with Tyronne Green.
    I hope to god the Chargers don’t sign Reggie Wayne
     

  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    a lot of hate for a guy with 7 straight 1000 yard seasons!! of course i would rather have Vincent Jackson around, but if he is not on the team, do you all really think AJ Smith is going to go after a higher profile name? 
     
    Would rather have Wayne catching passes than players like Bryan Walters and Richard Goodman.

  • EU_CHARGERS

    We need a new and best right tacke.

  • EU_CHARGERS

    We need a new and best right tackle.

  • MikeTuck

    @kencaminiti21; Your right on on the Wayne comment. I think if Jackson is to much trouble get Welker, draft Lamichael James  and our offense gets quicker by far. Welker in the slot, Floyd and Brown @ WR and James in spred formation. Welker and James with the quick precise routes would force defenses in allowing Floyd and Brown 1 on 1 down field. And the savings off Jackson would go a long way getting a Williams or Avril and a couple great Free agent OLinemen. That plus drafting Perry first and a Safety , WR, LB, OL and our offense and defense get better.

  • SteveDiaz

    Vincent Jackson will be staying in San Diego. He has already expressed interest in staying

  • MikeTuck

    @SteveDiaz; I realize that and I’m all for it, but not another dragged out contract dispute where the teams held hostage buy his money and we lose free agents because of the wait. That’s why I’ve said Smith has to get the deal w/ jackson done quickly so they can pursue their other interest as fast as posible.

    • Bleu

      @MikeTuck I totally agree either they gone sign him or not so they can move on. They have so many holes on defense whether it be at LB, SS, CB…… And on offense our line looks like the finish line of a race anybody can run through it. WR is also an issue bigger than most people realize not only do they have to re-sign or replace VJ but I truly believe Patrick Crayton skillset is incohesive with the teams need but he is a liability on special teams he has ben totally ineffective to say the least. So he definately must be replaced with a young speedy receiver in my opinion. TE is another position we can use a little more depth at but maybe they have faith that gates is 100% this season. I think they can easily deal with their rb issue n sign tolbert. They could afford to lose hester……

    • SteveDiaz

      @Mike Tuck. I agree. I wonder how Colston will do with Rivers? Also, what about Tolbert? I think he wants to stay in San Diego also. We just need to stop fumbling the ball at crucial times in games!

  • johnnypin66

    What about Hillman?

  • johnnypin66

    What about Hillman?much respect to Lamar James ,but as a 3rd down back gotta love the man from SDSU and his ability to make plays happen,especially at 4.41

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @johnnypin66 i love the idea of getting Hillman! there have been mocks that have him going in the 4th round and he would be an awesome selection that late. 

  • MikeTuck

    Any local talent I’m all for, it’s playing with a certain amount of local pride. But honestly if james or Hillman comes up, I’d have to go with LaMichael James as he is truely proven to be a hell of a back. Just ask USC.

  • MikeTuck

    Fumbling comes from a bad play or lack of confidence. Or simply not putting the ball away. When the team has as talented a offense as SD has and the play calling sucks they start playing down to the Coaches play calling. Turner has to call games like the last 5-6 games this year. especially like Baltimore game and Buffalo. They dominated because the Coach called and mixed the plays throughout the Game and didn’t sdtop till the game was over. The first of the season he called it so safe the week befores tape ran just like the gameplan. Colstons fine but i’d like to see a speedy WR that has very quick feet and can get open in the slants and outs. This would cut the time Rivers has to get the ball out, and draw in the secoundary.

  • MikeTuck

     @SteveDiaz Fumbling comes from a bad play or lack of confidence. Or simply not putting the ball away. When the team has as talented a offense as SD has and the play calling sucks they start playing down to the Coaches play calling. Turner has to call games like the last 5-6 games this year. especially like Baltimore game and Buffalo. They dominated because the Coach called and mixed the plays throughout the Game and didn’t sdtop till the game was over. The first of the season he called it so safe the week befores tape ran just like the gameplan. Colstons fine but i’d like to see a speedy WR that has very quick feet and can get open in the slants and outs. This would cut the time Rivers has to get the ball out, and draw in the secoundary.

  • SteveDiaz

    I agree about the receivers. We had Wes Welker before. I don’t know about the fumbles though. A coach like Belichek practices the fundamentals over and over again. That is why the Patriots don’t make many mistakes. Both Tolbert and Matthews need more experience in carrying the  ball and tuckng it in. I think the less fumbles will come with more experience. Man, I can’t wait till football starts again! I am just hoping as always that the Chargers at least make the playoffs. If we  can’t change our coach, at least we can retain and improve some of our players!