Chargers decision No. 5: Keeping Dan Feeney at starting left guard
When a preseason battle comes down a lineman who gave up three pressures (three hurries) or a lineman who gave up two pressures (one hurry and one sack), there isn’t a lot to go off. Both Dan Feeney and Forrest Lamp played well enough in the preseason to deserve a shot at left guard, but Feeney gets the nod due to experience.
Keep this in mind: Keeping Feeney at left guard doesn’t mean Lamp should sit on the bench behind him. No, this has different implications: The right guard position. With Feeney penciled in at left guard, the team can now focus on Lamp competing (and reportedly rotating with) Michael Schofield on the right side.
With Mike Pouncey’s one-year extension, Russell Okung, Feeney, Pouncey, Lamp, and Sam Tevi are all slated to be with the team through the 2020 season. The only player who isn’t: Schofield. If Lamp is good enough to rotate, and is a part of the future of the team, then he should be getting the start over Schofield.
Keeping Feeney at left guard not only gives them an improved player (he looks much smarter after working as a center) but it also gives the team the freedom to stick Lamp at right guard, where Schofield has unfortunately been one of the worst players along the interior of the offensive line this preseason.