Dec 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers guard Jeromey Clary (66) and center Nick Hardwick (61) and guard Chad Rinehart (78) listen to an audible called by quarterback Philip Rivers (17) in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers Underrated Players: Jeromey Clary?

CBS Sports recently listed out an underrated player and an overrated player for each team in the league. I figured that I would talk about one of the most underrated players on the Chargers roster.

Jeromey Clary.

Let’s make this thing controversial. Might as well get the controversial player out of the way first. It is the offseason and I just want to talk football!!!

Jeromey Clary gets no respect from the fans. FROM HIS OWN TEAM’S FANS!!!! Evryone wants to kick him to the curb for a rookie that has not even stepped foot onto the field yet. I even suggest kicking him to the curb from time to time. Clary still is on the roster though and there is plenty of reason for it.

He is on the roster for his toughness. The dude plays through pain. He would probably walk onto the field with a broken arm. He is on the roster for his versatility. He can play at the guard and the tackle spot. He is on the roster because he will do WHATEVER the coaching staff asks of him to do and he will do it with all his effort. He will run through a brick wall if he was asked to. You can’t find a ton of guys like that in the league. He gives maximum effort every time he steps onto the field.

He does not have the most talent in the world, but that doesn’t mean that he sucks balls. The offensive line struggled without him in the playoffs against the Denver Broncos. He does a good job on the right side of the line. He is a much better guard than he is a tackle.

Not everyone is going to agree with this post. I still laugh when our staff writer Pete talks about Clary and some Cheetos. He has had trouble with some costly penalties. He has gotten beaten. I still get pissed off at him from time to time, but he is the scapegoat.

He still keeps working through all the talk. He finally is starting to get people on his side. His move to the right guard spot may have saved his job.

His career reminds me a bit of Quentin Jammer. Jammer was a flop out of college. He committed penalties all over the field, but he was thrown out with the starting secondary every game. Eventually, he worked his way into becoming a solid player and now everyone loves him.

Can people start liking Clary? Blasphemy. He will be the starting guard this season and I can see him being brought back to hold down that spot again after the year. Chris Watts was brought in to be the future center. Clary still has some years left and is durable. If he continues to be solid, then the team can focus on other areas to build up.

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  • Cgoodness13

    He’s not underrated, we all know he’s a above average – average guard, he’s just overpaid

    • Stefanie Smith

      Perfect way to say it.

      • bking

        The guy had one of the worst pff ratings on the league. He’s way overpaid. The issue being if we’re going to have a bottom 5 guard why not have it be a cheap one in Troutman

        • Stefanie Smith

          I agreed with Cgoodness. Yes, he is way overpaid.

        • arnie

          Ha! Like we listen to what pff has to say? Is that the same set of opinions that stated the Chargers would a be a 6 win team, if they were lucky?

    • Sergio Quintero

      I don’t hate guy, he’s overpaid, if he made the salary of Rinehart, I wouldn’t even mention Clary much if at all.

  • chargersfanfromswitzerland

    Switzerlan lost against argentina in the last minute, pretty sad!! Now go us-boys

    • Sergio Quintero

      Feel your pain, I’m Mexican and you can guess the mood of the entire country, damn good effort in having an even game with the Argentinians.

    • Gunnar Martin

      That ending was pretty entertaining. Came SO CLOSE to tying it back up after Argentina’s goal- just off the post. Feel sorry for you guys.

  • Edward Sherman

    honestly a great friend of mine and myself have watched his OLE style blocking for far to long ok he may keep Flip off his ass at times but can the guy ever blow a hole open for 24 man just cash out already thats all.

  • tonyloc1970 .

    I agree completely. Clary is a workhorse and should get more respect than he does from SD fans. Everyone that talks about his pay should take a look at themselves and their work. Would they take a pay cut because others in their office say they don’t hold there weight? I don’t think so. So get off his back and start supporting all the player that give it their all, even if it isn’t up to par with your couch managing effort standards.

    • powderBLUE801

      I agree with you on some points cuz he does go out and play as hard as he can and puts in the time and effort. But from trying to clown us talking of COUCH MANAGMENT? Come on man you can’t tell me you have never been disappointed in players and have never spoken your peace with them on an article.

      • tonyloc1970 .

        I have for sure been disappointed in players and went off about it. Im no different than any other fan with opinions, but this topic on Clary is just beating a dead horse. I did go a bit far by making that comment “couch management”. Im just tired of reading the same article on him every day and felt the need to vent. We all know by now he is not a great player and gets paid way too much money. At this point though, I feel bad for the guy, with all the negativity thrown at him

        • powderBLUE801

          I agree with you again. I almost started off by using this old saying “STOP BEATING A DEAD HORSE” everyone needs to stop with all this. He is a way better offensive lineman than what I have seen in the past and TT and McCoy love him as does Rivers. So peeps just need to pump the brake and give the guy some respect.

  • davacho

    yep, ernie

  • Kyle Congdon

    Hes Grossly overpaid and not even an average guard. His redeeming qualities are toughness and ability to play multiple positions(poorly I might add)

  • arnie

    If there is bandwagon for cutting Jeromy Clary, I probably cut down the tree, milled the wood, and nailed it together with my bare hands. With that said, the day they drafted Fluker was the end of Clary’s career at RT. Hands down Fluker is far better, as a raw rookie, at RT an obvious upgrade at the position. The problem? he’s over paid, not as a RG as a RT. See Clary didn’t make the deal he’s currently under “aj smith gave it to him”, an Clary not being a fool, signed it. The reality, the Chargers were strapped for cash and needed bodies they gave Clary a shot, and being so horrible, “beat” the other Guards.

    At the end of the day, the O-line is a unit and Clary has been apart of it’s success, in 13′ and productive. His salary is what it is, and as far as i’m concerned it’s a small price to pay, to keep Rivers off the turf and the running game moving. That is all I care about. And really the only thing the Charger Fam should care about as well. Why? Because it looks like there are some good replacements waiting in the wings, an the Clary saga will probably run it’s course this season. I waited for aj/norv to be dismissed, I can wait a few more months for Clary to follow.


    • Nick in PB

      Good work Arnie! As usual. My feelings on Clary… not the best athlete. Not the best technician. Not all that mobile. What he does day in and day out is play team football. He’s one of those guys that always puts the team first. I think if the water boy went down, he’d be the first one to volunteer! The guys need water, the guys are going to get water. When the time comes, and someone better comes along, he will be replaced and then he will be a valuable back-up. Now, if only he would take a pay cut.

      • arnie

        thanks Nick. that’ sustain the way football works. there have been some opinions that we should can Gates and Hardwick while we can. I’ve said it before Nick chemistry is something you can’ tal ways pay for. sometimes you just have to let things play out and be aware are the Chargers better with said player or can they live without said player? in time They will have to say their goodbyes! so e we won’t miss or be sentimental about.

  • BoltNative

    First of all, when you get paid millions of dollars a year to play a game, then you’d better do whatever is asked of you within reason (no, don’t play with broken arm, etc.). Secondly, Clary being “underrated” was demonstrated in the Denver playoff game as Troutman was just in the wrong position and stunk it up in the absolutely wrong game. That begs the unanswered question, “why was Troutman not playing LG instead of RG?” When will our vaulted OL coach answer that one for us?
    Anyway, we all know the “devil we have vs. the devil we don’t” e.g., Watt when it comes to Clary. On running plays, he’ll either miss a block or get pushed back into the running lane. In the red zone, we could always count on him jumping off sides and having to settle for a FG instead of a TD. But at RG, he seems to be ok at pass protection. But, at the very least, the Chargers have to restructure that contract! Who knows when he even be ready to play? Probably 2.5 months from now at best and even then, he won’t be in football shape for awhile.

    • Mark Viguri

      Troutman so far has looked worse than Clary but he’s not making $6 MIL a yr.

      • arnie

        So why are blaming Clary for contract, aj offered him and he signed, to play RT?

  • Mark Viguri

    Jammer was extremely under-rated. Only fault was his hands of stone. The NFL also changed the rules regarding defending WRs right when Jammer came out. You can’t compare Clary to Jammer, apples to rotten tomatos.
    Clary is an overpaid serviceable Guard on a good day at best. He’s always a liability, the weakest link on the line and usually gives up the big play. Clary was worse than rookie walk-on Michael Harris Norv’s last year. Michael had an excuse he played RT at UCLA not LT and Michael went up against the NFL best pass rushers every week while filling in for Jared Gaither unlike Clary who is just awful and expensive. The only reason Clary is still on the team is because he’s bros with Rivers. Got to keep your franchise QB happy.

    Most under-rated Chargers: Manti Teo who played hurt and is going to have a huge yr in 2014. Ladarius Green who’s only 2nd string because nobody has the guts to tell Gates the kid is better and my favorite Michael Harris. Mike faced Packers Mathews, Vikings Jared Allen, Raiders Wimbley, Saints Will Smith, Atlanta’s Abraham and Cowboys Ware all while the media used him as the goat every week. Other than the end of the Saints game the only time I saw Harris get beat his rookie year was usually when the defense ran stunts past now x-Charger Left Guard Tyronne Green.

  • skobro

    He has had some trouble with costly penalties. He has gotten beat. That doesn’t make him a scapegoat. That makes him a high paid weak link. And now he’s going to be starting after coming off surgery. The thing is, I trust the evaluation of Telesco and McCoy now and with other teams cutting players the end of August I think they will upgrade any weakness the team has. Hats off to the U.S. mens soccer team! You played your hearts out. Thank God we have football in America but if we didn’t and our star athletes grew up playing soccer we would be unbeatable!