Jim Harbaugh rubs Chargers fans the wrong way with Joe Alt comments

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The LA Chargers shocked the world by making the most mundane selection possible with the fifth pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. After weeks of debate centered around wide receivers and trading down, the Chargers stood pat with the fifth pick and took Notre Dame left tackle Joe Alt.

Tackle is definitely an area the Chargers can improve on but it was not viewed as a pressing need for the team. And while GM Joe Hortiz did stress that he drafted based on talent not need, it was shocking to see the team not take the franchise wide receiver who seemingly fell in their lap in Malik Nabers.

Chargers fans did not take this selection very well because of the expectations heading into the draft. With fans already upset with the selection, Jim Harbaugh's comments to the media about the selection certainly didn't rub everyone the right way.

Jim Harbaugh's "weapons" comment about Joe Alt rubs Chargers fans the wrong way

There is no doubt in anyone's mind that Harbaugh is being 100% serious when he says that the team views offensive linemen as weapons. Harbaugh has gushed about the importance of the offensive line in the past and he wants to win games in the trenches.

That being said, this is not a great example of reading the room by the new Chargers head coach. Chargers fans are beyond upset about the lack of weapons that this team currently has. It does not matter if Harbaugh thinks offensive linemen are weapons, they are not the ones catching the ball from Justin Herbert.

And as it stands right now, Herbert has a pretty disappointing supporting cast of passing weapons to throw to. His WR1 is a glorified WR3, his WR2 is a sophomore coming off a horrible rookie season and his WR3 is a return specialist who should be a WR5.

There is not much pass-catching value at tight end and the Chargers don't have the same pass-catching presence in the backfield anymore. There is not a single above-average true weapon on this Chargers team.

Now there is more pressure on the Chargers to land a true impact weapon on the second day of the NFL Draft. While it definitely is possible to do so, it can be a crapshoot and can put the Bolts in a precarious situation if they don't land an impact guy.

And if that happens, Harbaugh's comments about offensive linemen being a weapon will not age gracefully.

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