Sorry, but they’re not a top five unit, in this writer’s opinion. I’m not alone in that opinion, either:
I mean I know the Chargers' OL definitely improved in 2017, but not 5th-best overall improved. Not even all the stats in the world can make that claim when you've actually watched the tape. https://t.co/yt4Kg0VhdE
— Bolt Beat (@BB_Chargers) February 17, 2018
I don’t believe they are a terrible offensive line, in fact I think as a unit they are above average. Okung’s Pro-Bowl selection, as well as Feeney’s PFWA 2017 All-Rookie team selection, show a line moving in the right direction (or left direction, if you get that joke).
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But until the rushing attack gets fixed, either through draft picks (former and future) or via free agency, the offensive line shouldn’t be in the top five. Despite numbers showing almost immediate improvement in sack numbers and quarterback hits, one could argue that improved quarterback play had more to do with that than anything. Rivers regularly masks his blockers’ deficiencies, and was often special in getting the ball out quickly to the right players.
How do you feel about that top-five ranking? I feel there’s a lot of merit to it, but I don’t think we can put the Chargers there yet. 2018 should be a better year with better players. Let me know what you think! Go Bolts.