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Predicting the Chargers Starting Offense

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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.

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