Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) sits on the field after throwing a touchdown with tackle Max Starks (78) in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Max Starks Doesn't Seem to be on Chargers Radar


It appears that the San Diego Chargers will not be pursuing Free Agent LT Max Starks to compete for the starting job at left tackle. Unless the Chargers want to make a trade, it seems like we will be going into the season with King Dunlap as the starting left tackle and Kevin Haslam as the top backup on the left side.

SCARY! Mainly for the unknown and the reputation that comes along with him. The left guard spot will be up for grabs as well and the right guard spot isn’t exacltly locked in with Jeromey Clary. Things will get sorted out though.

It would make sense for the Chargers to stear away from Max Starks. There has been a lot of talk about the Chargers transitioning into a zone blocking scheme and Max Starks is not exactly a top choice to use at left tackle for the scheme. The Steelers were trying to make that transition to zone blocking and didn’t really have it go smoothly with Starks out at left tackle.

It still would have been nice to have a veteran left tackle on the roster competing for a job. Especially a left tackle that has had success like Mr. Starks. He has played on both sides of the line and has won a Super Bowl as a right tackle and a left tackle. That seems pretty good to me.

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  • RussinSactown

    What’s scary about this is that we don’t know what we have in Harris and Dunlap on the line. We’re about to find out.

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

      Poor Phillip. Man, before opening.. something has to give.

      • RussinSactown

        Maybe if Rivers goes old school and takes his line out to dinner like Marino did, they’ll feel bad about almost getting him killed and block harder.

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

          This Dunlap has to perform if he goes out there. I am trying to be positive here, but this almost seems reckless.

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

          Russell: They asked VJax in an interview once whether Rivers ever got the guys gifts or took them out to dinner. Vincent said Rivers gave them a Home Depot gift card. lol

          • tubbs45

            yeah for $1500. that is probably not what they were looking for but I’d take that!

  • Supercharger77

    Rivers is officially shaking in his boots. Smh. How bout the UDFA becton over Harris or Haslim? Just a thought.

    • MC Boltman

      Yeah, I´m really beginning to see a bright future for this guy outta Virginia Tech. Nick Becton is definitely a guy to keep an eye on. Seems to be a good pick-up.

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

    And we’re supposed to just keep cheering on! Hopefully, the King either really does well in camp and during the preseason, such that there is no dispute that he can do it, or they find out soon and have a Plan B in place. Not right to do this to Rivers. Seriously.

    • Pels04

      Could plan B be all the blocking TE’s? Man i sure hope not

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

    On the other side, we never thought T’eo was on TT’s radar when all along..

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

        You are right. I guess when he visited we should have believed they were serious. I never thought they would pick T’eo. I mean they had Eric Winston visit and they never signed him. Plus, they had other rookies visit and never picked them. Wait. Did Fluker visit? I think he did.

  • Cgoodness13

    Maybe Dunlap is training hard and performing well in camp?

    • joerockt

      Maybe lakes are filled with chocolate and puppies dance while eating ice cream. We just have to hope really hard little Timmy…

      • Cgoodness13

        When I find that golden ticket and take pics of all those things in wonkas factory you are just going to look silly lol.

        • joerockt

          umpa lumpa doom-pa-de-ding
          if you are smart you’ll realize that King….sucks…
          umpa lumpa doom-pa-de-dong
          But I do hope that I could be wrong.

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

    What’s scary is McCoy recognizes that Dunlap is a backup. He has stated this. Hopefully, he will yell it louder. He did say they are looking at other options, whatever that means. When I say that, he said it politely to the effect that they were aware that they needed other players to consider at the position.

  • tubbs45

    Well I’m not sure if it really matters if we have zone blocking schema if Rivers is laying on his ass! Even if you just bring the mofo out for a nice meal at In-and-Out on Deans dime, he is worth kicking the tires for a solid backup plan if Dunlap goes rotating door on us!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I love how in-n-out is mentioned most times we talk about linemen!!

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

    I would rather have Fluker –I am the Giant – on the left side. Of course, he is not experienced, but he is huge and maybe would scare these guys away. Yeah, probably way too radical.

  • MC Boltman

    Well, Max Starks wasn´t even a $900,000 cap hit for the Steelers last year. He won the Super Bowl as starting left tackle and right tackle. This all sounds pretty nice to me too. But again, I really trust those new guys in the Chargers front office. Maybe “the King” will surprise us with a great season…surely hope so! #boltup

    • tubbs45

      I totally hear yah. It just seems at the very least to be a nice backup option, because Harris shouldn’t be it, though Haslem was certainly better.

  • Cgoodness13

    We still gotta sign the rookies to their contracts. Gota see how Mutch we have left before we sign more peeps.

  • Alter Ego

    We don’t know what we don’t know. TT in my opinion is very shrewed out of the gate. I like the sound of that…shrewed – when it is said about anything you care about – it just turns out to be a good ending.
    If it is to be the King at LT…long live the King !
    I’m feeling very competitive as a fan. I believe we don’t know how very good our team has already become on many levels. I’m all in though.
    Sign our guys and unleash your fury McCoy.