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LA Chargers: Comparing Tyrod Taylor’s 2017 Bills to the 2020 Chargers

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - AUGUST 08: Quarterback Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers (R) talks with a teammate on the sideline during the first half of the NFL pre-season game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - AUGUST 08: Quarterback Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers (R) talks with a teammate on the sideline during the first half of the NFL pre-season game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Comparing the LA Chargers and 2017 Buffalo Bills offensive line:

Buffalo Bills:

The Buffalo Bills had a solid offensive line in 2017 and that was a big reason why the team was so successful running the football and was able to do some of the things that they were doing offensively.

Richie Incognito and Eric Wood were Pro Bowlers and the rest of the offensive line was more than serviceable. At the end of the season, Pro Football Focus ranked the Buffalo Bills’ line as the seventh-best in the league with the second-best pass-blocking efficiency.

LA Chargers:

This is where the concerns begin for me. Having a run-first quarterback behind a shoddy offensive line is not a good recipe for success and there absolutely is a chance that the Chargers once again have one of the worst offensive lines in the league.

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The Chargers did make some improvements with Bryan Bulaga and Trai Turner but the team still needs a lot to go right to be league-average, at best.

The Bolts need one of Dan Feeney or Forrest Lamp to be better than they have been thus far in their career, Trey Pipkins to take a huge leap at left tackle in year two, Mike Pouncey to return from injury in his old form and Trai Turner to rebound after being a well below-average pass-blocker in 2019.

Even the best-case, realistic, scenario for the Chargers likely will not yield an offensive line that is as efficient as the Bills’ offensive line was in pass-blocking in 2017.

That is a huge deal. The only time we saw Taylor behind a bad offensive line was during his tenure with the Cleveland Browns. Granted, it was an extremely small sample size, but he was not good.

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