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LA Chargers: Why trading up for Tua Tagovailoa is now more likely

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - SEPTEMBER 28: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs off the field after their 59-31 win over the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - SEPTEMBER 28: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs off the field after their 59-31 win over the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

1. The LA Chargers have massively improved the right side of the line

We often look at the left tackle position as the most important position on the offensive line. The left tackle’s main job is to protect the quarterback’s blind side and having a bad left tackle can make an entire offense go down the drain. If pressure is coming behind the quarterback there is no way to avoid it.

The notable thing about what the Chargers have added so far is that they have completely bolstered the right side of the line. Bulaga has been a right tackle his entire career and Turner is likely going to play right guard.

Why is this significant? Well, Tua is left-handed, meaning that blind-side pressure is going to be coming from his right, not his left, making the right tackle the most important cog in the offensive line.

Now, the Chargers could theoretically move Bulaga to left tackle or this may just be a case of the team signing the best available, who also happens to be a right tackle. But with how good the right side of the offensive line looks now, it is hard to ignore that it is set up perfectly for a southpaw quarterback.

We also know that Anthony Lynn loves a mobile quarterback, which can help us connect the dots further. Tua fits that billing and can do more damage with his legs than Justin Herbert, making it even more interesting that the right side of the line is being bolstered.

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