Nov 18 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) pass rushes on San Diego Chargers tackle Jeromey Clary (66) during the third quarter of the game at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Jeromey Clary at Right Guard? Philip Rivers says YES!

After all that talk about the outside linebacker position lately, I now wanna put my focus on another “recent” development: Jeromey Clary´s possible – or already fixed – transition from right tackle to right guard.

Well actually this (possible) move is nothing new to us, but due to his performances in week one of this year´s OTAs, more and more details about this whole thing become public. Already on the first day of the “Organized Team Activities“, U-T San Diego´s Kevin Acee “promised” that we´re “going to feel differently about right guard Jeromey Clary than we did about right tackle Jeromey Clary.” And it seems he´s got prominent support on his side:

“I think he’s going to be good for Fluker,” Philip Rivers said. “It’s going to be good having him there. Besides Nick (Hardwick), he knows the ins and outs of that offensive line … better than anybody.”

Well, this statement by Philip Rivers may not be too much of a surprise. With all that change on the offensive line, I think he really is stoked that besides Nick Hardwick, another familiar face (or back…) from last season remains a part on the line in front of him in 2013…even if his name is Jeromey Clary.

What´s also interesting is that most of the fans are pretty hyped about getting to see the former sixth round pick (in 2006) in a Chargers uniform at least one more season. Months, or just a few weeks ago, he was one of most hated players on the roster and (nearly) everybody wanted to see him get kicked out of town. Sure, “Big Lazy” Jared Gaither might have found a place above him on that list. But the hate for that lazy bu…uhm… ”beast” (*cough* *cough*) was at least followed by phrases like: “When healthy and on the field, he is one of best tackles in the league”. Have you ever heard someone saying the same thing about the guy with the No. 66 on his jersey? And now on the inside at guard he is considered as the designated starter…hmm.

I have to admit, influenced by all those praise lately for the “interior lineman Jeromey Clary”, I´m about to jump on that bandwagon too. I mean all of the guys on the roster listed as “guard” (Johnnie Troutman, Rich Ohrnberger, Chad Rinehart) ended last season on injured reserve. Sure, King Dunlap, David Molk and Brandyn Dombrowski can play the position too, but good depth at any spot on the O-Line is highly welcomed. But there´s something else we´ve to consider: the financial aspect.

Jeromey Clary is set to be a $5.7 million cap hit in 2013. His release would free up $2.3 million. In comparism, Andy Levitre will count $4.6 million against the cap this season for the Tennessee Titans (it will be a lot more in 2014 though). So, I guess its just fair to question whether or not Clary is worth that money.

According to U-T San Diego´s Kevin Acee, “Clary will be just the 15th-highest paid guard in the NFL, based on his $5 million per year average.” If he´s really that kind of a stud player at the interior of the line, then I´d say give him that money. As Rivers said, he could be some kind of mentor for D.J. Fluker who´ll take over the starting job at right tackle. Clary may be a hard working and highly motivated guy, but he never really was able to show that he can be reliable pass protector for the Chargers´ field general. It´s kind of funny, that immediately when Fluker had been drafted, Clary started to mentally prepare to play guard next season. When head coach Mike McCoy phoned the 29-year old veteran on day two of the NFL draft, he already knew what the story is all about:

“Sure, why not?” Clary said of his reaction. “I’m here to play football. They want me to play wide receiver, I’ll line up and give it a shot. I’m not saying it’s going to be good, but I’ll give it a shot.”

But here comes the next question: would that transition from tackle to guard really be that easy for him? Let´s check out what the Chargers´ signal caller has to say about that:

“I feel like he’ll adjust,” Rivers said. “It’s going to be different for him. From a mental standpoint it won’t be any problem. It’s going to be different just because it’s a different area and taking on different types of rushers and different double-team fits. So from that standpoint I’m sure it’s going to be an adjustment for him, but he won’t have any problem knowing what to do. I think it’ll be a good spot for him.”

Well, you wanna argue with the Bolts´ general on the field? (Yes, please I want to!)

After all, I can see Clary do better at the interior than on the outside of the line, as he wouldn´t have to move that much (as we all know, his footwork has been an issue his entire career).

What do you think BoltFam? Do you agree with Philip Rivers or should we show Clary the door just like we did it for Big Lazy?

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.


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  • Rob Base

    Dont give him a chance he’s terrible show him the door. I think Troutman and Rinehart would be better options.

    • chris

      At least give him a chance but u agree about troutnan and rinehart

    • MC Boltman

      I hear ya…but its just fair to mention that both of these guys ended the 2012 season on injured reserve. Troutman missed his entire rookie season and Chad Rinehart played only seven games last year (starting only two). So, I like those guys…but this makes me a little bit worried. The backup option Ohrnberger also ended last season on IR – he was on the field for only 18 games over the last three seasons (starting only four). This could be the reason why I could be fine with the “right guard Jeromey Clary” (and his work ethic is okay too). But I´m not sure yet…we´ll see

      • Rob Base

        Watch he will blow it!

  • chris

    Im not on the clary bandwagon aha i dont trust him

  • Ernie Padaon

    I love Philip, but his judgement comes into question on things now. He was one of Norv’s biggest backers and how well did that turn out? That was one ugly mess. Don’t know if Clary can do it. Will have to see it for myself

    • Rob Base

      Too many lost opportunities already Ernie. He is a back up player period. He’s gotta go. Let the younger hungrier guys step in.

      • delamerica93

        aaaand which guys are those? you mean all of our amazing backup gaurds

        • Rob Base

          So Troutman is bad and Rinehart huh? they are exactly what the Bolts need! Clary will choke at guard same as he did at RT. you’ll see

    • BlueBoltFan

      I would agree, except it’s more than just Rivers saying it. The coaching staff and even Kevin Acee, who really doesn’t have a horse in that race, all say he looks good at RG. And if one of those other players was better than Clary, they’d take the spot from him.

      With the hole at LT, I would rather the team field the best possible players at the other positions. If that’s Clary at RG, so be it. Cutting him over being butt hurt from past performances doesn’t make the team better in 2013.

      • thegorn

        Acee’s another house man.

        • BlueBoltFan

          He’s been critical of Clary in the past.

          And he was more of a company man with AJ Smith to get inside info. But he’s been critical of McCoy’s personality and some of Telesco’s offseason moves.

          • MC Boltman

            Very good point! As if Acee would only be writing positive stuff about players

      • MC Boltman

        Yeah, they could praise all the other players too, but its Clary that gets all the attention. But on the other hand, he really is a fat cap hit and even more in 2014 ($6.25 million). He´d really be a stud guard to earn that kind of money.

        • BlueBoltFan

          Okay, then look at it like this: we can pay him $5.7 million to play RG or $3.4 million to do nothing.

          I say the money’s already spent. If cutting him doesn’t make the team better, don’t cut him.

          • BlueBoltFan

            And by “We” I mean Dean Spanos! :P

    • thegorn

      Philip’s a company/house man. Nothing he says can be relied on.

      • MC Boltman

        Sure…but why that hype exactly about Clary? There are lots of other players on the field, but he gets all the praise and attention (well outside of Ingram for sure). So…there maybe a germ of truth behind all that hype.

    • MC Boltman

      Yeh, I don´t know yet what to think about that hype…but I to be honest, they got me seriously thinking bout Clary at right guard. But $5.7 million? Next year he even counts $6,25 million against the cap…ugh! He better be a stud for that kind of money!

  • Ernie Padaon

    Also…. That money that can be saved might be his ticket out. He may be a June 1 cut and we could save even more money.

    If I could take that money and get a vet like Brandon Moore for the interior, then sign me up. He would be even better for Fluker. He knows his position and how to play it and also could run in a ZBS. Hmmmmm… May have to write this down. Haha

  • Stefanie Smith

    I am getting so burned out with this “give him a chance” notion. These guys got their chance, some have been not so good since they have been here. How longer of a chance do they get? Giving Norv a chance, this one a chance, etc etc… No, This is not the pee wee league. If Coach McCoy thinks he is good, then I guess okay then.

    But I tell ya, we let go of some players that are better than what is still standing in the Chargers’ locker room.

    Chargers signed Derek Cox to a 4 year deal for $20,000,000. Now, do you think Freeney should get close to that? $4-5 mill a year for 2 years?

    • Alter Ego

      Good point. Cox is worth the money as our #1 CB. I don’t think we can afford Freeney. The brass isn’t willing to pay it – I believe thats the correct decision. If he comes down (maybe he will) lets hope they scoop him up. Nobody else seems to want him for his unbelievable discounted price either.

    • MC Boltman

      Well, you´re right he had his chances…but it seems he´s given another one and now he´s taking it. And to mention it: Due to his injury-proneness Cox get overpaid IMO. But if not from us, he would´ve gotten that kind of money from another team.

  • Rob Base

    We need a Cut Clary T-shirt made stat!

    • Ernie Padaon

      Look who likely made it to the quotes of the week page! Hahaha

      • Rob Base

        Haha nice! I’m coming up I want the world to know I’m gunna let it show

  • Alter Ego

    McCoy and Whiz are not tied to Clary by any means. Clary is going to be a monster RG next to Fluker. He must be impressing somebody at Charger park to start him over other guys that have more experience at guard. That probably means everyone blasting him is wrong.

    • MC Boltman

      This is what grabs my attention too…why all that praise for Clary – there are so many other players on the field out there, but he gets the attention. A pay cut would be nice though.

  • Ryan Elliott

    If Clary agree to take a massive pay cut then I say give him a chance, but honestly think Clary will struggle just as bad as the RG. He struggled against speed rushers and got pushed back against bull rushers which he’ll be seeing a lot more as a guard. Mike Goff actually pointed that out in a radio interview a couple days ago, pointing out how he believes Clary will struggle and will probably get cut just because the salary he’s making

    • MC Boltman

      Thats the main concern: the money. he could be kept as backup without any doubts if he´d get paid like one…but he doesn´t. Next year btw he´ll get $550,000 more..

      • Ryan Elliott

        And to me that’s way too much, especially when young guys like Butler and Liuget need to be locked up long term.

        Call me ignorant, crazy, stupid or any of that. But personally I honestly hope, Troutman and Rinehart or even Schilling win the guard positions, I hope Meachem gets so burried in the wr depth we have no choice but to cut him next year (I still expect this team to be somewhat in a transition phase and with that getting to see Brown, Green, and Allen are 3 things that I’m excited to see get some playing time)

        Clary, and Meachem get released next year saving us a ton of space. We have enough money to pay for Eugene Monroe’s services, We entered the Clowney Sweepstakes, Having Clowney, Freeney and Ingram wreak havok on Manning next season.

        All will be good in Charger town

  • Moke Braddah Boltz

    i have been the harshest critic of Clary as a tackle, he could work inside … he works his tail off and tries his best, i can’t knock him. Rivers as a general doesn’t wanna anger his soldiers on the frontlines for him either.

  • Peter Thompson

    Cheetos. That is all.

  • Nick in PB

    Clarey works hard.. really hard. I don’t think he had the skill to to be a RT. I do think he has the skill set to be a right guard, He could be a stud right guard! There is one reason the Chargers have kept him around this long and it’s because he works his tail off. And he doesn’t get injured! I say give him a shot, if it doesn’t pan out, release him for cap space. He knows that too so I’m betting he gives it his all.

    • MC Boltman

      Yeah, I agree. As much as he has been a pain in the a## in the last years as RT, but I really think we have to give him that – he´s a worker, he´s motivated and health is on his side. I really think we have to put these facts into consideration when talking about #66.

  • Mark Viguri

    Nice article but you nailed it stating ‘Jeromey Clary is set to be a $5.7 million cap hit in 2013. His release would free up $2.3 million.’ He’s not worth being the 15th highest paid guard. Troutman will win starting job and after signing Freeney Chargers have bigger needs for that $2.3 MIL.