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San Diego Chargers Offense is JUNK

The Chargers offense is junk. The whole season, they have played like junk. The running game has struggled all season and for some reason Norv Turner has this infatuation with Jackie Battle. Ryan Mathews didn’t fair much better when he got the ball, but he did do better than the expected 1 yard per carry average that Jackie gave.

The passing game was horrible. After Battle was stuffed for 1 yard gains, Philip Rivers was asked to try and bail the team out with his precision passing. Too bad the offensive line is ridiculously bad. Philip had happy feet in the pocket and was clearly uncomfortable when he had the football.

Mike Harris was bullied around and looked like he was on roller skates during the game. Jeromey Clary had no idea on how to slow down Von Miller. Tyronne Greene hasn’t played well this season and had to leave the game because of injury. At one point in the game, there were three reserves on the offensive line blocking for Philip. Philip doesn’t even trust the starters on the offensive line, so how uncomfortable was he with all the reserves in the game.

Come draft time and the offseason, the Chargers need to bring in a quality offensive line. There is no need to look for a new quarterback! Philip has the talent. He might need a shrink to help him forget about the last two seasons, but this team needs lineman and depth up front. Jared Gaither would be a good starter, but he never practices and barely plays. We can’t rely on someone like that. Tyronne Greene needs to be replaced. Nick Hardwick may not want to come back for one more season. He contemplated retirement last season and may make that step now. Clary has his good times then he has some really really bad times. He shouldn’t be the best offensive lineman in the game though.

The defense will need help in the secondary. We need corner help and safety help. It would be nice to find a middle linebacker to take over for Takeo Spikes. But clearly, priority number 1 is to fix that offense. We already found another starting receiver in Danario Alexander. We have to re-sign him! Fix that offensive line and it may fix Philip Rivers. Fix that offensive line and it may fix the running game issues. Fix that offensive line!

Undrafted free agents are not going to be the quick solution. Waiting to select players in the 5th and 6th round is not going to be a quick solution. Those guys usually take time to develop. Use the high draft picks and spend some money on those big guys up front. That’s how we will get this team back to contending.

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  • RussinSactown

    You mean we can’t get our O-line through Groupon anymore? How do you expect AJ to work with actually drafting a line?

    • ChargerGirl Cindi

      AJ Smith had better not be doing it!!!!!

      • RussinSactown

        There was an ad for cheap O-line help next to a two for one dinner at Stone Brewery last year.

        • arnie


  • Keenan Rickless

    “Where did my pro-bowl offensive line go!” -#17 every minute of his lifr the past 3 years.

    I have ALWAYS said that an offensive unit is only as strong as its weakest offensive lineman. Rivers is an elite QB and I forgive him for the past few seasons. He is a pocket passer, he needs a pocket…not the hole-filled ziplock we have given him.

    Hows this draft look for o-line?

    • Saul Lopez

      100% agree

    • tiiiiiiiiiiit11

      Draft Wishlist:

      Round 1:Jonthan Banks-Mississippi State

      Round 2-7: Offensive lineman

      Cason gone, Jammer gone, and Wright/Gilchrist as other starting CB with Banks

  • Stefanie Smith

    Matthews: We’re not using him properly nor are we using Battle properly. Go look at Bucs film and see how they set up Martin. No plays set up for the RBs. Just run through the middle of the pile and then wonder why they are always hurt afterward. Another poor coaching scenario.

  • Stefanie Smith

    That picture of Rivers on the ground makes me sad. Chargers’ management squandered this guy’s prime. It’s really a disgrace.

    • arnie

      that picture should make you sad. That is the play Phillip was calling for the o-line to “shift” right and pick up the un-blocked blitzer. He’s on the ground because the the o-line *cough clary cough* didn’t get the memo.

      Philip knows what he’s doing. He’s the right man for the job.

      • Stefanie Smith

        I agree. He’s alone out there. And gets no help from those in charge. They only make his job more difficult. They’re screwing with his confidence in himself, …everything.

  • Saul Lopez

    GREAT GREAT article Ernie. You know what our team needs better than AJ.

    Ernie for GM!!!!!!!

    P.S. Glad we’re all calming down and realizing PR17 is not the problem.

  • Stefanie Smith

    The Spanos and AJ are going to pull a doozy after this season is over. I am telling ya. They are loose cannons who have no idea what they are doing. Come Monday after the season is over, the Spanos better get rid of AJ quickly because he is going to do something real stupid.

  • Stefanie Smith

    trying to delete here.

  • James P Derrick

    They are gonna get #17 killed! Still no firings…wtf?! It’s not even entertaining anymore….

  • 1961 Fan

    The reality of this season is the Chargers will not be a good team for years to come. Dean Spanos does not have the intellect to hire the management the Bolts need to craft a contending team. Have you noticed the downward spiral since the departure of Schottenheimer? The Norv Turner experiment ended at the end of the ’09 season.