Tha Sports Junkies 101

San Diego Chargers Offseason Team Needs – TSJ Sports

San Diego Chargers Team Needs NFL Dan Vaughn via flickr


 San Diego Chargers Team Needs:

The Chargers have a tough task of replenishing a roster devoid of talent on the Offensive Line

The San Diego Chargers went into the 2016 season with some uncertainty with talks of relocating to Los Angeles. Coach Mike McCoy was relieved of his duties after having two straight losing seasons (4-12 in 2015 and 5-11 this past season. The Chargers are 9-7 in McCoy’s first two seasons and seemed primed to return to dominance in the AFC West. They have managed to lose some close games in 2016 and lost star receiver Keenan Allen on opening day, as he was primed to have a huge season.

If you look at what is a pertinent need for the Bolts, look no further than the play of the offensive line. Future Hall of Famer Phillip Rivers threw for 33 touchdowns and 21 interceptions with a quarterback rating of 88.5. Since 2010, he’s been sacked 259 times (an average of 37 sacks a year). Tom Brady, in comparison, has been sacked 198 times over that span (an average of 28 sacks a year).

Some would argue that the need for a top flight receiver would supersede the need for protection for one of the game’s best quarterbacks. King Dunlap is a good option at tackle but Joe Barksdale is not and should be relegated to swing tackle, backup duty.  The Bolts have declined to add talent to the offensive line in previous drafts and there are some good options available early.

NFL Tickets

University of Alabama‘s Cam Robinson could fill that void and could end up being a once-in-a-generation-type bookend tackle for San Diego. There are a lot pluses to Robinson’s game for the next level. As a pass protector, he has length and fleetness to defend the edge. In the ground game, Cam is a stellar blocker. He has strength to turn defenders at the point of attack and open holes. He is smooth when getting to the second level to hit blocks and is able to pull effortlessly. Cam should be the first tackle taken off the board in April.

Another player that I covet for the Chargers is Western Michigan‘s Taylor Moton. He finished his Broncos’ career playing right tackle but has the versatility to move to guard or center, as he played guard throughout his junior year before switching back to right tackle. Moton could end up playing a reserve role initially before breaking into the starting lineup for a team but has the nastiness and aptitude to be a great player in the NFL. Draft Pundits have a 3rd round grade on him and could end of being a steal.

Although there is a change of leadership with McCoy no longer with the Bolts, the best thing to stabilize a team is their play in the trenches, as the game is essentially won or lost at the line of scrimmage. Adding offensive line talent will go along way to getting the Chargers back to prominence.