Chargers Notebook: Packers review, Shane Steichen, Gus Bradley
By Jason Balliet II
Scott Quessenberry has been phenomenal for the Chargers, and could be the franchise center they have been searching for since drafting Chris Watt and Max Tuerk.
The true question asked to me was, “Will Mike Pouncey be handed his job back after seeing the success of Quessenberry,” but I enjoy the topic of positivity more. Let’s focus o Quessenberry, not Pouncey.
There is no guarantee Pouncey even returns next year, that much is certain. It is also certain that we have no idea what Forrest Lamp‘s future is on the Chargers. So outside of Dan Feeney and Quessenberry so far, we have no clue what next year’s offensive line will look like.
Will Russell Okung hang it up soon? Doubt it, he fought so hard to return. He is getting up there in age, however. Then there is Michael Schofield, who has quietly played fantastic this year. Then, you have Trent Scott and Sam Tevi rotating at right tackle, and fans are not fond of those two.
What there is no question about, is how well Quessenberry has played in these last three games. He has completely changed how both Feeney and Schofield look, as he is providing that extra security in the middle that the other two don’t have to worry about. This, along with Okung returning, has started a chain reaction along the offensive line. It feels more like a wall rather than a door that sometimes opens.
A 1st and 10 backed up? Guess the Chargers play it safe and probably run it up the gu-
The line is superb here. Feeney manhandles his guy. A+ pass protection and I think you can tell Rivers was a bit surprised. He was kept very comfortable in most of this game. pic.twitter.com/rrTtwKtWUj
— Jason Balliet II (@Syntari13) November 5, 2019
You can practically feel Rivers’ surprise when he has all this time to throw here. He falls backwards expecting that pressure for no reason, and then looks around as if wondering, “Where the heck are all the flippin Packers?” It was a wonderful sight, and made me much more comfortable about the game moving forward.
In fact, it made me much more comfortable about the season moving forward. Everything in this game felt… great. It all came together, and a rhythm was found in so many different areas. It all just clicked, and it all points to great signs for the future of this season.
Thanks for all the topics and questions for this week! Keep an eye on my Twitter for me announcing next week’s notebook so that you can get your questions in. I try to cover as many as possible, but the sooner you ask the better. Until then, it’s time to beat the Raiders.