Chargers O-Line Gets Praise From Titans

By Ernie Padaon

Aug 8, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers center Nick Hardwick (61) before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jody Gomez-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Titnas defensive coordinator Jerry Gray has been impressed with the Chargers interior linemen – Chad Rinehart, Nick Hardwick and Jeromey Clary.

“When you watch them on film, (the interior line) is like a fortress for him and he’s standing back there, and if no one’s getting close, he’s making all the throws,” Gray said. “…The last two games, they’re not letting anyone come in there.”

They have done a good job the last couple of games and that is a big reason why our team has been doing well on offense. Philip Rivers is able to step up in the pocket and is a little comfortable in there.

Titans defensive linemen Jurrell Casey doesn’t exactly see things the way his coach does:

“I’ve been looking at them, they’re decent,” Casey said. “I wouldn’t say they are anything different than the other players that we’ve played against so far. Coaches are going to do what they do, pump them up, pump them up. But I look at every guy the same, they’re just another person in front of me. There should be no reason we don’t get push up the middle.”

Just to get any type of praise from the opposing team for our offensive line is a big change from last season. We were awful in so many positions last season.

Hopefully the offensive line will be at full strength this weekened. D.J. Fluker had a concussion on Wednesday and still has not been cleared to play. He is a game time decision and we can use any help we can get up front.