3. 2.85 seconds (time to throw)
If you knew nothing about the LA Chargers and just looked at how many times Philip Rivers got sacked last season then you might not think that the Chargers’ offensive line was as bad as it was. Rivers was sacked 34 times, which was only the 18th-most and is definitely manageable.
That is not the important number to look at. The important number is the time to throw that Rivers had. Rivers did not get sacked as much because he got the ball out really quickly (which led to more interceptions). Rivers had the fifth-lowest time to throw in 2019 (2.63 seconds).
That is something that Tyrod Taylor is not used to. While he has never had the weapons that the Chargers have, he has also never played behind a really bad offensive line for an extended period of time. And while there is potential that the Chargers’ O-line gets better, if we are being realistic, it still projects to be one of the worst in the league.
That does not mean that it cannot get better, but it is safe to say that it would be a surprise if it was suddenly league average.
In 2016, Taylor had the most time to throw in the league with 3.13 second and in 2017 he had the third-most with 3.02 seconds. Granted, some of that has to do with him extending plays outside the pocket, but it mostly has to do with the solid O-lines that Buffalo built.
Two things that do not mesh well together are mobile quarterbacks and shoddy offensive lines. If Taylor is going to be able to play to his full potential and lead the Chargers to the playoffs then the offensive line has to be better. The difference between 2.63 and 2.85 seconds might not seem big but it really is.
Why 2.85? That is the time that mobile quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Josh Allen had to throw last season and both led their teams to the playoffs.