Chargers Offensive Tackles Rank At Bottom In Pass Protection

The Chargers offensive line has to step their game up, especially over at tackle. Jeromey Clary and Mike Harris have been turnstiles off the ends. Jared Gaither is a good option, but he can’t stay on the field.

Pro Football Focus conducted a stat called Pass Block Efficiency for all the tackles in the league and guess which two players were part of the list called ‘Giving Protection A Bad Name.’

# Name Team Pass Block Snaps Total Pressure Allowed PBE
43  Tyler Polumbus WAS 202 18 93.2
44  Doug Free DAL 209 19 93.1
45  Jeromey Clary SD 230 20 92.8
45  Jonathan Martin MIA 211 20 92.8
47  Max Starks PIT 212 20 92.7
48  Bryan Bulaga GB 263 25 92.6
49  Barry Richardson SL 208 20 92.3
49  Jermon Bushrod NO 248 25 92.3
51  Wayne Hunter SL 178 19 91.4
52  Austin Howard NYJ 190 22 91.1
53  Demetrius Bell PHI 192 24 90.6
54  Gabe Carimi CHI 175 24 89.3
55  Michael Harris SD 156 22 89.1
56  Bobby Massie ARZ 253 34 88.9
57  D’Anthony Batiste ARZ 253 40 87.3

If the offense expects to get in any rhythm, the play at offensive tackle will have to improve greatly. Harris needs to sit and Gaither needs to play.

Philip Rivers has not been able to get comfortable in the pocket this season. Every time he goes back to pass, he has people flying around him. Even if he doesn’t have people flying around him, he THINKS he does. Get him comfortable and we will start looking like a solid offensive squad again.

Philip struggled out of the gates with interceptions last season too when Marcus McNeill went down. He wasn’t able to get things rolling until Jared stepped in and saved the day. Jared will need to come back and save the day again, hopefully sooner than later.

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  • arnie

    This is a good start Ernie. that’s why i’m not giving PR any heat. the issue of the OL is on the table, but the adjustments for more, 3 step drops, and more quick hitches to the RB’s an TE’s are not being made. this could save PR an Norv a whole lot of grief. and give some help to the OL

  • ChargerGirl Cindi

    Maybe he could learn how to scramble? He can’t have a perfect little pocket to throw from every time.

  • 1961 Fan

    Dear Cindi
    Rivers can’t run; never could, his children can out run him. He is one of the most immobile of all the starting QB’s. Have you noticed the brace on his right knee?
    It is time to think of who will replace Rivers when it is over for him and his utility as a starter.With a better O line the running game will also improve.

  • James P Derrick

    It’s unbelievable that everyone is just now noticing what a liability Clary is….It’s been this way for at least 3 seasons….Vasquez is barely coming into his own, but it’s hard for this O Line to excel when Clary who is an establish vet plays like crap…I heard he was dating somebody’s somebody in the Charges’ brass…Any truth to that? He needs to go, and like soon…..Problem is, if Hardwick gets hurt, this O Line will be in even more shambles…No choice but to roll with what you got and hope the young backups get good soon enough…Face it, all the teams with good passers have decent O Linemen…San Diego on the other hand does not, and that’s what we are left with when we have a QB that is not mobile…

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