The number 1 priority in the offseason for Tom Telesco and the San Diego Chargers was to fix the offensive line issues that haunted us the last couple of seasons. Tom Telesco had to make sure that Philip Rivers would be able to stand comfortably in the pocket and toss the rock out to his receivers. It sure looks like Tom Telesco and have done a good job to get Philip a little more time. Now we will have to see how Philip responds.
The offensive line has some monstorous men holding down the tackle positions. DJ Fluker is a massive rookie, standing at 6-foot-5 330 pounds, on the right side of the line. Now we just brought in Max Starks to take hold of the left tackle position and he is 6-foot-8, 345 pounds. That is some meat on the end of that line.
On the inside we have Jeromey Clary sliding in from right tackle to take over the guard position and Chad Rinehart will be given the chance to be the starter at left guard. At center, we have Mr. Reliable Nick Hardwick holding it down.
Compare the line today against the line at the end of the year last season:
LT Max Starks > Mike Harris/Kevin Haslam
LG Chad Rinehart or a sack of potatoes > Tyronne Green
C Nick Hardwick = Nick Hardwick
RG Jeromey Clary < Louis Vasquez
RT DJ Fluker > Jeromey Clary
We needed to make upgrades and we did across the line and Tom made sure to bring in fresh talent at all positions. Jeromey Clary still has to adjust, but he could be just as good as Louis Vasquez.
For depth and versatility across the line, King Dunlap can play 4 positions on the line and Rich Ohrbberger can play guard or center. Mike Harris will be able to play tackle on either side and Brandyn Dombrowski can be moved all along the line.
All that meat up front should be able to bust a few holes open for Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead. The running backs need to become a threat on offense to give Philip even more help. Things on offense are looking up. Hopefully are Philip isn’t completely shell shocked and can put up those Pro Bowl numbers again.