Give me Starks, or give me death! (Or, Dunlap)

Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tackle King Dunlap (65) prepares to block Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Eagles 38-33. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

After the fourth pick in the draft, it became brutally clear that the Chargers were not going to get a starting left tackle. Yesterday, it became even more evident that we may not even get a “stop gap” left tackle.

Bryant “trip around the country” McKinnie had two teams fondle his private parts, before he secured his spot as a Raven, for the time being. He is a 33 & 3/4 year old tackle, and may have been our best shot at finding an experienced blindside protector for Philip Rivers.

How much this contract was worth, and how much we offered him, will probably be the topic of future discussion. In all honesty, we can’t blame the Ravens, or McKinnie for what happened. After all, “business is business”. He tested the market.. showed that he was worth more than the Ravens thought.. and the Ravens decided that their left tackle (who was spectacular at keeping Superbowl MVP Joe Flacco’s jersey clean) was worth the paycheck. As much as it hurts to say… I would have done the same thing. Sort of.

If you really want to vent… vent on AJ Smith. He left us with a Big Lazy overpaid Left Tackle, who only started 4 games last year, and an undrafted free agent rookie as his plan B. As sick as this may sound… and I will probably get blasted for saying this… I sort of wish we AT LEAST had the opportunity to see if Gaither could have produced this year. At the same time, I don’t fault TT for getting rid of such a cancer. Having said that… here is a little tid-bit I picked up on the web, that makes even the most optimistic of fans shudder:

The weakest part of the Eagles offensive line has to be King Dunlap.

It looks like defenses have figured out that they can blitz Dunlap’s side every down and get easy pressure on Vick. He has just not performed as well as he needs to. He is letting Vick take some serious hits, and it is a problem.

I picked that up from a Philly post, dated last year. If that doesn’t scare you to death, then I don’t know what will. I know Harris was completely overwhelmed last year, but still… if we don’t get another left tackle, then it doesn’t sound like our beloved quarterback has any less to worry about this season.

Enter Max Starks.

Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Max Starks (78) in action against Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

There have been rumors that Pittsburgh Steelers starting left tackle Max Starks could be an option. But, quite honestly, we haven’t seen anything pointing in that direction. Here are some posts I dug up on the web. Based on the lack of any recent news surrounding the Chargers, and Starks… it’s hard to tell fact from fiction.

The Union-Tribune San Diego thinks it “would make sense” for the Chargers to be interested in free agent LT Max Starks. Starks, 31, started all 16 games on Ben Roethlisberger’s blind side for the first time in three years in 2012. He also knows new OC Ken Whisenhunt from their time together in Pittsburgh. Starks and Bryant McKinnie are the two best free-agent left tackles on the market not named Jared Gaither. Apr 11 – 2:37 PM

So, MAYBE The Whiz can coax Starks over here. Here is another post, from February.

The Steelers are not expected to re-sign impending free agent LT Max Starks. Starks, 31, was the only Steelers’ lineman to play every 2012 snap, and he was arguably the team’s best blocker up front. However, OC Todd Haley and new OL coach Jack Bicknell Jr. want linemen who can move and run, not immovable maulers. Starks is a massive 6-foot-8 and 345 pounds, so he certainly doesn’t fit that description. Marcus Gilbert is expected to shift to left tackle. Feb 10 – 10:25 AM
However, the Steelers didn’t draft a left tackle, except for two UDFA tackles Mike Golic, Jr., and Mike Farrell. But, they do have Joe Long, Marcus Gilbert, and Mike Adams on their roster.

I did a little research, and according to this post on “Steelers Depot”, they don’t seem to think that anyone is interested in Starks, and also mention that the Steelers might not have the salary cap to stop someone from offering him a contract! The Chargers technically COULD make some cuts, and swipe him away from them, if they are truly looking for a 1 year stop gap. I dislike directing anyone from this totally bitchen site… but, read this link, and tell me what you think!

Steelers Depot: Second Annual Max Starks No 78 Tin Foil Hat Post

What jumped out at me most, for this being a May 2nd, 2013 article… was the line where it says that he will probably only be offered “another one year qualifying contract, like last year”, and that “if Starks is wanting a guarantee that he will start in 2013, he’s not going to get it from the Steelers, or any other team, at this point”… and that the Steelers “have to wait a month for more cap space to sign Starks, and they may be holding that for him”. But, that is exactly when we get that Gaither money! That’s if we can’t free up the money by making cuts BEFORE then (Cough Cough Royal, McClain, Clary).

One thing is for sure. The Steelers haven’t had Mike Harris start as their left tackle, or this guy would never have blasphemed this badly!

There is still hope, Bolt Fam!

Keep Bolting for Excellence!

Pete

Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • http://www.signonsandiego.com/ Ambitoos

    Let’s hope TT is already working on that. King Dunlap doesn’t look too good. We still have some time and I think teams that drafted the top three tackles will be releasing somebody.

  • tubbs45

    Man Philly HATED Dunlap on the field, almost as much as KC hated winston at RT… Something needs to happen or there will be bloodshed, namely Rivers.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      I know!!! If we don’t get somebody who can start, this could get ugly. I also went back and watched that clip of when Big Ben got sacked like a bag of potatoes, and seperated his shoulder. I was thinking “This better not be Starks”. If I am looking at it right, it appears that the guard or the center were responsible. Starks didn’t seem to be at fault. Hard to tell.

    • MC Boltman

      Yeah…on twitter and blogs, the fans were hyped bout Dunlap hitting the streets… they said he´s “our problem now”…we´ll see.

  • tubbs45

    Man people keep mentioning cutting LeRon… would create 1.4 in cap room. Why the fuck not cut Meachem.. 3.75 in cap room. I get that they are trying to squeeze anything the dudes got left in his stone-like hands, but shit if we are throwing Gaithers money on to the bon-fire… why not meachem’s? We can actually use Clary and McClain, Meachem was just an AJ experiment that didnt pan out… AT ALL.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      SOLD… cut Meachem then.

    • MC Boltman

      Well the problem with cutting Meachem is, that it creates over $10.6 million in dead money due to guarantees´n´s#it. If we want it or not, we´re stuck to Meachem at least this year (thx A.J.!). I think McCoy finds a way to use him better than Norv. But with great talent in our WR corps, his time could be over next year…but not this year.

      • tubbs45

        yeah but you can spread the dead money over the expected life of the contract. I mean I actually like the guy and thought he’d do well here, I admittedly was wrong. But I thought his contract was Crazy talk when it became public.

        • MC Boltman

          Yeah bro, he´s got a huge contract. But again, we´ve got deal with him this year IMO. But we´ll see…if he can´t find his role in the offense this season, then he´ll hit the streets next year.

  • Sergio Quintero

    I don’t know if Starks is that much of an upgrade over Dunlap, but I would prefer to have Starks & Dunlap on the roster and have them compete for the starting LT. And lower the possibility of Mike Harris of actually playing.

    Getting a Eugene Monroe will at least cost the chargers a 2nd round pick, and probably another pick. Can’t see the chargers trading multiple picks at their current talent level for their roster.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    Quote of the week: “McKinnie just had two teams fondle his private parts, before he secured his spot as a Raven.” I just choked on my coffee when I read that; lol

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Lol…

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    We need to start a list of Peteisms.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      I try to keep it entertaining. Sometimes it goes well.. other times.. crickets. = )

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    I’m not a Dunlap fan because on a Philly fan site, when it posted that Dunlap was signed by us, fans said, ” They must really hate poor Phillip Rivers.”

  • Jerello

    Great post! I’ve been preaching for Starks all this time! Man, did anyone get my post that we should get Manti Te’o a couple months ago? … Here’s to hoping we pick up this guy too!

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Thanks, Jerello!

  • tubbs45

    Damn Dunlap blows: WOW LMAO

    • tubbs45

      Holy hell this video is crazy funny.

      • MC Boltman

        Haha…man how many times this guy is saying >fuckdamnass< … well, he obviously is not a fan of the "King"..at least I got that :)

        • RussinSactown

          And he said n***** more times than you hear on an NWA album and that was in their name.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      YES!!!!

    • RussinSactown

      I take it TT did not consult him because he puts King Dunlap at the #5 on the worst Eagles of all time.

    • tubbs45

      “I’d take max jean gillis over this big jolly green giant pokemon looking mother-f’er.”

    • veazy

      He has a very enlightening view of trolls.

  • Ioane

    I mentioned trading for Monroe on another thread now I’m saying maybe even trading for Jason Peters? The Eagles drafted Lane Johnson and I don’t see Peters fitting with Kelley’s offense. His salary value for year is 10.7 million and its ZERO of he were cut. As talented as Peters is, his injury concerns could push the Eagles to cut him to avoid paying all that money with Lane Johnson on the roster. Maybe we could throw them a 3rd and redo his contract with the Chargers?

    • tubbs45

      Like the idea, dont know how realistic a 3rd rounder is or if he would renegotiate a contrat to something we could afford… A for Effort!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Just wait for him to get cur

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        Cut*

  • RussinSactown

    You know I love being positive and let me tell you, looking at the info from 2008 isn’t helping. Here is King Dunlap’s scouting report from 2008 (Source Draft101): Positives – A monster of a man. Played for a team that has a history of producing solid run blockers (Auburn). Overwhelms opposition with girth.

    Negatives – Probably too slow to play right tackle. Pass blocking technique needs a lot of work. Could develop weight problem if not monitored.

    He was slated to go 5th round but went in the 7th. Granted this was five years ago but he’s been plagued with slow footwork and way back then. Putting him at left tackle where people fly off the end trying to blast the QB would get ugly in a hurry.

    Still, TT saw something in this man that said he was worth giving a shot. Maybe it was the SEC pedigree. Maybe he owes him money. I’m not sure yet. But let’s hope that King takes this vote of confidence seriously and proves us all wrong. Otherwise, we may be burying Rivers by the bye week.

    • tubbs45

      hahahaha, yes, TT is in debit to him from a dice game!

    • arnie

      Russell, if we listened to scouts, the best players would be bagging groceries, and Ryan Leaf would still be the Chargers QB.
      Hold on….
      Positives: Tall with large middle, but not overly so, and strong legs. Strong anchor in pass protection, rarely gets beat one-on-one. Has enough foot speed to get to linebackers or safeties at the second or third level. Dominates smaller defenders in space. Good, not great, punch. Willing to stay on his man for a few yards downfield on run plays. Inexperienced as a drive blocker, but looks capable of getting low and maintaining the line of scrimmage in his limited chances.

      Negatives: Needs to prove he can transition from Tech’s scheme to the NFL. Does not combo block much in wide split scheme. Is not quick to pick up late blitzers. Lacks explosiveness out of his stance and his pads are too high when his hand is down. Plays a bit upright in general, may lose leverage battles against stronger defensive tackles. Will lean forward and lose his balance when pass protecting for more than a couple of seconds.
      Luis Vasquez, scouting report.

  • davacho

    “Bryant “trip around the country” McKinnie had two teams fondle his private parts, before he secured his spot as a Raven” – LMAO!!!! so good.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Hahahaha!

  • arnie

    Pete all i can tell you is, i ain’t jumpn’ on this band wagon. I’m stickin’ with, either TT knows what he’s doing, when he signed Dunlap or, he doesn’t. If TT doesn’t, signing starks won’t fix the issue of TT being cluless. Did spending $60 mil help aj? I don’t know the answer, but i’m riding with
    Dunlap http://www.auburntigers.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/dunlap_king00.html,
    Ohrnberger http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/ohrnberger_rich00.html,
    and Troutman http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/troutman_johnnie00.html on the left side. Why? because i think this team is in better hands at HC, an TT is better at this than i am.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      There were times last season when I just covered my eyes when teams blitzed the left side. At least Dunlap has more experience, and size than Harris does. I am still concerned regardless. Signing Starks for the right price would only be a good thing, and create more competition at the position. And I know TT won’t just throw a ton of money at Starks out of desperation. So, if he signs, it will be for a good contract for us, and a good price. Who knows… maybe a tackle we signed in UDFA will step up. Although, that’s what we went with last year. Our line is still better right now, than it was 2012, no matter how you chop it up. Even if it’s just a little bit better. Maybe we can at least get out of that top five “most sacks taken” category.

      • RussinSactown

        I will feel better when he is in pads and showing us some flashes of that Auburn Tiger reputation.

      • arnie

        Hey I feel you Pete. I just think the Chargers can’t afford to “reach” on FA , that is 32 yeas old, right now. And I agree we are a bit better with the guys the Chargers have now and we aren’t going to know, like Russell said, until the pads are one.
        My stance has been, there’s simply a lot of “un-developed talent on the roster. When I took a closer look at these players, I realized the Chargers don’t have as many holes i used to think.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Interesting. A Demarcus Ware Twitter fan page retweeted this story. Just because of the pictures I guess. Kinda odd, but thanks, regardless = )

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Hahahaha

  • Nick in PB

    It’s my opinion that Dunlap was brought in as a solid backup, not a starter. The draft didn’t work out as we had hoped. We already made a play for McKinney. I doubt TT is done. There are not a lot of options out there but I do believe that TT will explore all of them. If he does get us a decent LT then all of a sudden, our O Line looks pretty strong, especially with Dunlap as an insurance back up that can play multiple positions. What do you guys think?

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