December 11, 2011; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tackle Jared Gaither (78) prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Should the Bolts place Gaither on I.R.?



Let me start by making something clear…. We all know it’s only week 3 of the regular season that is approaching.  It is early to be considering a “question mark” as a reserve/injured candidate.

But, to me, that is the problem.  The big, huge question mark.  I wrote a while back that the secrecy, coupled with the lack of a timetable for return, has most of the Bolt Nation up in arms.  It’s easy to remain optimistic when zero regular season games have been played.

We’re past that point.  In Turner’s most recent interviews he has seemed annoyed by even the mentioning of Gaither’s name.  Meaning, in addition to the frustration of the fanbase, even the coaching staff is sick of the “Big Lazy situation.”

There’s a good chance that the organization has it’s tail between it’s legs, as far as divulging the truth about Gaither’s injury, while waiting to see how Michael Harris performs.  Although he has received some help in blocking assignments, Harris has looked extremely good for an undrafted free agent.  He, of course, has had a couple rough spots.  But I have seen a lot of promise from him in the past two games.  Is it safe to assume that he will only continue to improve.

So that leads us to this question.  Should the Chargers place Jared Gaither on I.R. in an effort to free up a roster spot?  It is no secret that San Diego could use more depth at both the offensive tackle and cornerback positions.  Despite the fact that there aren’t many marquee names left on the free agent list, at any position, it would be nice to put this whole Gaither mess to bed for this season.

The Chargers have won their first two games of the season.  Kansas City and Oakland have started out at 0-2; now is the time to stay focused.  I think most of the Bolt Family watched Denver fall to our week 3 opponent the Atlanta Falcons.

The Bolts need to do what they can to refrain from distractions that they are capable of evading.  It just so happens that Jared Gaither’s injury is an issue that they can avoid.

I vote that we place him on injured reserve and move on with the anticipation of closely monitoring him during the upcoming offseason.  I am a firm believer in beating “enough is enough” to the punch.

Note to A.J.: Please don’t wait until enough is more than enough.


Thanks a lot for reading.






P.S. To the richard that points out that A.J. doesn’t visit….. he should!

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  • Vinnie

    I believe at this point the Norv, and the therefore the team, has moved on from Gaither. They have lost respect for him. I say IR Gaither shop for a suitable back up for Harris and let the kid play. He is doing fine and will only get better with more minutes.

    • #TheBoltFather

      I agree 110%. Although I am not a fan of Gatson at CB, I believe that T is the position to gain if we place Big Lazy on IR. Thanks Vin.

  • Brandon Reisinger

    Forget IR, Cut his ass!!! Seriously, there must be some sort of performance clause in his contract.

    • #TheBoltFather

      That is an interesting question. If AJ did not have such a clause placed in his contract then we got fleeced. BIG time. Good call and thanks for beating the “you know what” out of me in our Fantasy Football league. No kneel downs from Brandon…. Pedal to the medal.
      Final Score: 119 to 69….. Lord have mercy. lol

      • Guest

        Lol!! I did not even make it to the draft…!!! Computer got me some solid picks

  • ChargerGirl Cindi

    Something needs to happen.

  • 619chargers4life

    they need to do something. idc what it is. this not knowing stuff has gone on long enough.

    • #TheBoltFather

      I think that is the part that bothers me most. Let us know how long he’ll be out or if he will return and I get it. But, until then, I would hope we would end this charade sooner rather than later.

  • blu3ny3llow

    According to kevin acee there is no injury clsuse in his contract…they should IR him unless there is proof or progress from the “injury”

  • RussinSactown

    They need to IR him, and look to back up Harris. Jared got a paycheck this year. Move on now

  • Edward Moretti

    From Pro Football Focus…
    Spoke too soon?Last week I lauded the performance of rookie left tackle Michael Harris against the Raiders, suggesting that the Chargers had found an upgrade as their backup left tackle over Brandyn Dombrowski. Well the quality of that performance can’t be wiped away, but this week Harris fell victim to Dombrowski’s nemesis as Wimbley comfortably got the better of Harris this week, recording nine hurries against the undrafted free agent. This was a chastening performance for the Chargers and Harris added two holding penalties to ten total hurries allowed (one against Keyunta Dawson) for good measure. There is little defense for this performance but Harris was clearly outmatched and considering how the matchup transpired, the lack of help either by way of extra blockers or sliding the left guard to help Harris was baffling. That none of these 10 pressures turned into hits or sacks was fortunate for the Chargers and a testament to Rivers’ play under pressure, completing 64.7% of his passes.

    • #TheBoltFather

      It’s only his second game in the NFL. Wimbley is a great pass rusher and Harris took his lumps. He’s going to have good games and he’s going to have bad games. They have to find out what he can do without a ton of help. McMichael and backs weren’t assigned to help nearly as much as in the Oakland game.
      Thanks for the pro football focus piece.