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3. The age of the LA Chargers’ offensive line
This offensive line truly is arguably the best offensive line that the LA Chargers have fielded in the past decade. However, there were a lot of people that thought last year’s offensive line was going to be a massive improvement and it just wasn’t. In fact, it took a step back and was one of the worst in the league.
There were some main reasons why. Mike Pouncey got hurt again and has since retired, Trai Turner was injured and played horrible when he did play and Bryan Bulaga was as injury-prone as could be. The common denominator between those three? Age.
The Chargers have a talented group of offensive linemen but the age could be concerning. The older player is the more likely they are not only to get hurt but to regress as well. Bulaga is one year older and could have the same exact results as he did in the 2020 season.
Corey Linsley is coming off of a career year in which he was the best center in the league. While it was a great signing, what is getting overlooked by a lot of Chargers fans is the fact that prior to 2020 he was always just a serviceable, not a great, center. He is also approaching 30, although that could hurt the team later, not now.
Matt Feiler is not necessarily a spring chicken either. It is great that the team selected Rashawn Slater in the first round and that was much needed but he is the only youth on this offensive line as Oday Aboushi will hit 30 as well.
While it should naturally be an improvement from last year, the offensive line being great in 2021 is far from a guarantee.