Sep 30, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Diego Chargers tackle Mike Harris (79) before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. San Diego won the game 37-20. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Are You Ready For Mike Harris?


Without King Dunlap practicing, all signs point to Mike Harris filling in as starter at the left tackle position. Harris is a well-proportioned tackle, the size scouts look for, has good kick slides to widen an outside rusher and effective with his angles. What hasn’t helped his cause is that he struggles connecting with his targets, this time likely to be DeMarcus Ware. He lacks sudden adjustment and body control, this verifies why he was rated (-43.4) the worse offensive lineman ever recorded by Pro Football Focus.

Nevertheless, similar to the old regime, the new brass saw something in him and kept him around for another season. Even Max Starks couldn’t keep a job after the end of training camp, this should say something about why Mike Harris is still around. The offense will still have to be smart to add another tight end on his side of the ball to chip off the edge rushers or have Danny Woodhead or Ronnie Brown as insurance for when Harris can’t hold his own.

Dunlap struggles with the ground game, yet his strengths as a lineman has been his ability to pass block and has one of the higher pass blocking efficiency ratings amongst tackles. He’ll be sorely missed against of one of the better pass rushing teams in the league. With that being said, are you ready for Mike Harris?

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  • Cgoodness13

    Harris has improved a lot since last year, I’d like to see if he could play guard so we could have another option their

  • arnie

    Absolutely! Let me be blunt, all the experts claim the Chargers have NO O-Line. Yet the Chargers are ranked 4th in giving up the fewest sacks, with a grand total of 5. Who has less? Detroit, Chicago, and Denver. The Chargers are 1st with fewest hits on the QB with 8. Well Harris didn’t start those 3 games, really? But he did beat out a 10 year vet, two time Superbowl Champion pro-bowl LT, that we thought would be the starting LT, for the back-up role. I’m not looking for a pro-bowl O-line, just better than last year. Harris came in last week, did his job. I expect Harris to come in this week and continue to do the job, he won in training camp.

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

      Woot!

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I think he will do ok, to bad it’s not RT I think he’s much better on that side but he should do ok, it’s the backup guards that worry me especially if it’s 2 of them starting. Who knows maybe they will kick some ass.

    • tubbs45

      He did really well at RT. Yeah those backup guards scare the hell outta me…

  • joerockt

    Harris against Demarcus Ware. Yea, sure, whatever, bring it. I see no problems here what-so-ever.

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

    YES!!!! I’m ready for Mike Harris!!!! Let’s do this!!! He only has to be good enough to not get Rivers strip-sacked like Starks did, and buy Rivers enough time to get the ball out to his receivers! I hope he has matured a little from last year. I see a lot of quick passes to Woodhead out of the backfield this weekend! So be it.

  • Thomas87

    I got his autograph .. Along with most of the team but of course he will get beat by ware I’m sure any tackle would its just a matter of how bad and how much …. Freeney put in work on (Duane brown???)left tackle for Houston n he was supposed to be one of the better tackles in the league

  • Mark Viguri

    Can’t wait! Big Mike Harris fan who is the most under-rated player in the NFL.

  • [email protected]

    Look, you cubicle jockie, Mike has nothing to go on but one year or psuedo starting experience. If that muckraker can’t at least redirect whoever it is that is coming at him, then why the duck is anyone even keeping him? Are the Chargers saying, “Hey, try to fuck with us?”, or are they saying, “We dink and donk these days so it doesn’t really matter.”? Any way, viva la vida, mother doers!