Chargers: Run blocking is surprisingly better than expected
I bet you did not expect the offensive line to be mentioned here.
While the offensive line as a whole should not be called a “bright spot,” their run blocking has been significantly better than the low standards that were set forth for this unit ahead of the regular season.
In the play below, the Chargers are in an obvious running situation. Still, the offensive line was able to create a decent hole for Ekeler, who was not touched by the Dolphins defense until he had already crossed the goal line.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) September 29, 2019
However, impressive run-blocking performances like what was seen in Week 1 have been followed up by sub-par weeks. Despite good running from Ekeler and Justin Jackson, the Chargers are in the middle of the NFL at 14th in team yards per carry average.
This is certainly much better than expectations dictated in the preseason. However, as the weeks have gone on and the Chargers have faced stiffer run-stuffing opponents, the sledding has gotten tougher.
Do not expect the Chargers more-effective-than-expected run blocking to continue unless Russell Okung or Forrest Lamp are moved into the starting offensive line soon.
Verdict: Decline is imminent without new personnel