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
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?