2. Matt Feiler
The LA Chargers have really focused on rebuilding the offensive line since Brandon Staley was hired and heading into the season the team had a consensus top-10 offensive line in the sport. It had been a long, long time since Chargers fans were able to say that their quarterback would be well-protected.
Making matters even better was the fact that Trey Pipkins was playing far better than expected up until he strained his MCL. While Pipkins has played through the injury, he obviously has been 70% of himself the last two weeks, which hindered his production.
Rashawn Slater getting hurt was a massive blow and while Jamaree Salyer has exceeded expectations, he does not even come close to being Slater. Corey Linsley has also missed time with knee tendonitis and then food poisoning, which did not help the cause.
There really have only been two constants on this offensive line. There has been right guard Zion Johnson, who is playing really well for a rookie and is proving the Chargers right for picking him at 17 in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Then there is Matt Feiler, who has consistently played poorly for the Bolts this season. Feiler has taken a huge step back from last season as he gets into the latter stages of his career. We see this happen all the time with offensive linemen and it is happening with Feiler this season.
The one positive of Slater's injury is that it showed the team just how good Salyer can be, giving them confidence in him being the long-term left guard after this season once Feiler is shown the door.