June 19, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers offensive tackle Jared Gaither (78) smiles during a drill during minicamp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Even Jared Gaither Has A “Clean Slate” According to Mike McCoy

Even Jared Gaither will have a clean slate with the new coaching staff… Even Jared Gaither.

I finally got my chance to read Kevin Acee’s newest post about Mike McCoy and the breath of fresh air that he is breathing into the organization and one short little paragraph jumped out and punched me in the gut:

Heck, even Jared Gaither has a “clean slate,” according to McCoy. (Now, if Dean Spanos lets the left tackle virtually everyone suspects of fraud back in the building then there really has been a tectonic plate kind of shift in the thinking.)

Can you really just toss history aside that easy? He is uninterested in playing and the rest of the roster saw his work ethic. The rest of the roster won’t easily forgive that. The fans won’t easily forgive that. Philip Rivers won’t easily forgive that.

Now, can McCoy magically get Gaither motivated to get off of the injury report and onto the practice field? Will those “back spasms” and “whole body cramps” suddenly disappear?

If McCoy is going to give him a shot, then he better have a really short leash. It might be worth it to give him a shot, since he will be making his money regardless if he is playing or not.

Another thing that bugs about that paragraph that Acee posted is that portion in the parenthesis. What does he mean ‘if Dean Spanos lets the left tackle back in the building?’ Would Dean Spanos meddle in on the roster decisions? I understand that he is the owner and everything is his responsibility, but he pretty much admitted he has no clue on what he is doing by hiring Ron Wolf for help.

Dean needs to let the new hires do the job that he is paying them to do. Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy were brought over to turn things around and if they believe that Jared Gaither deserves another shot, then I guess Gaither gets another shot. Even if he, the fans and everyone else on the roster doesn’t think it is the right decision.

So Bolt Beaters*, do you think Gaither should get another shot?

*I will post a random post about this in a bit.

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  • tbell11

    Jared Gaither doesn’t deserve to be starting at LT, but at RT might be another story.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I think he is a good left tackle when he plays, but his inconsistency getting on the field is where he falls way short. Way short!

  • Rob Base

    **** no kick rocks big lazy bum! I hope not!

  • BoltDK

    Sign Vollmer in FA he’s one of the best RTs and in case Big Lazy is… well, Big Lazy and end up on IR then we can move Vollmer over to LT for the rest of the season.
    give Clary a new deal and keep him and Harris as back-ups

    Now that we don’t have to draft Fischer we can get Warmack or the DBPA (Jones, Lutuleilei or Milliner might fall to us, if there is a run on QBs in the top-10)

    In my world, that would be the best scenario. Then next year when Lewan and Matthews declares we can draft a LT

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I actually really like the idea of taking Warmack at 11… And maybe follow it up with Barrett Jones in the 2nd. Jones can play all over the line. If we get Mathews or Lewan next year, we can move Jones over to right tackle or Center if Hardwick retires.

      Lewan and Mathews would be great next year, but if we get them, it might mean we suck again

      • BlueBoltFan

        I like Warmack, too. But LT is a premier position. There are elite guards in FA almost every year, rarely elite LTs. And guards are cheaper. Besides, CBS sports has Fisher rated at #6 overall (Warmack at #3) and he’s still rising.

        This idea that Warmack is on another level than Fisher is more conventional thinking than a current assessment of the two. Fisher was unknown because he played at a small school. Warmack was surrounded by NFL-caliber talent. It allowed him to be even more dominant, but not necessarily the better overall value player.

        Besides, the Bolts would have to stink it up again, or even regress, to have a shot at either Lewan or Mathews next year. If they improve at all, they might be looking at a lower-rated LT than either Fisher or Lane Johnson (rated #11 overall–where the Charger’s pick). I say, if they have a chance to draft a top 3 LT–esp. since all 3 are top 15 talents–they should do it.

  • RussinSactown

    Well they will give him a chance but watch what they do in free agency. My guess is we get at least one if not two viable options should Big Lazy out lazy himself.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      That’s the way it should be done… Let him come into training camp, but he will have to fight if he wants to start. If he fails, oh well

  • Preston Niedert

    We know what there going to do there going to be sweep everything under the rug and let gaither play I hope gaither is on a short leash and get bench or stays on the side line cause he is toxic and even the players that don’t want him the locker room so brace yourself chargers fans cause it’s going to be a long season if gaither stays or a better season if he goes can we not make jake long a offer I hear 10 million a year why not off a three year so much money guaranteed and a clause that protects the chargers interest and a way to cut our loss if long fails to meet the chragers standerds It’s wroth a try but it want happen.

  • arnie

    Well my 2 cents Ernie, we all know what “Big Lazy” brings to the table. as far i’m personally concerned he’s wasted enough of Chargers time. From an organization stand point, there is a New Era of Chargers football and everyone does have a clean slate. The Charges have started off the new era in a pinch, they need bodies, an they need to see where they are at, before they can move forward. So i don’t see a need to be successful, “right now”. it’s going to take time to clean up the mess aj an norv left. And to do that, T&M need to build a New foundation for the team.
    My uncle used to say, ” feed a fool enough line, and he’ll hang himself.” if they decide to give gaither and others a chance to prove themselves? i say let him hang himself. Don’t put the noose around your neck, if they release him, an he becomes a pro-bowler on another team. Let it be clearly without a doubt, it’s all on gaither, when you show him the door.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I have to agree with everything you said on that. We have limited cap space and letting him loose will not help that situation one bit. Bring him into training camp and if he has “whole body cramp” issues, then we cut him loose.

  • Vince

    Worth it to light a fire under his ass this year considering the guaranteed money

  • BoltNative

    Don’t be stupid. Bring Gaither back into the fold big time. Baby sit him, condition him to get/stay in shape, psychanalize him, whatever, but bring him back in in a big way. When he’s healthy, he’s a great LT and we don’t have the salary cap hit to take on this. Stop bitching about it! We need OTs!

  • Preston Niedert

    Okay let’s say gaither is given the okay by the chragers the who should the chargers draft OG chance warmack comes to mind then draft OT kyle long in the scound round and a CB and go from there

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I would get Warmack in the first and still draft a tackle in the 2nd.. Hopefully Barrett Jones falls to the 2nd round and pick him up. He can play all over the offensive line.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

    If I was Telesco & McCoy.. I would probably be sitting back… carefully sifting through the details of why I have a monster left tackle (who is already paid)… stopping me from drafting a “shut-down” cornerback in the first round ..and how can I fix that?

  • BlueBoltFan

    Relying on Jared Gaither is nuts. That’s exactly the kind of thinking Norv and AJ were doing. Parcells said it best, don’t keep a cancer in the locker room. If his teammates don’t trust him, you may be fighting against more than Gaither’s work ethic if you keep him. I say cut him. Or risk reaping the whirlwind.