Chargers: LA Should Focus on Bolstering the Offensive Line Before the 2021-2022 Season

The Chargers seem ready to launch themselves back into contention after back-to-back losing seasons. They have their franchise quarterback who’s coming off of an incredible rookie season, and have a brand new coaching staff led by Brandon Staley. Most of the teams top talent will be returning this season as well, which leaves Los Angeles with little holes. Of course, no team is ever perfect.

The Chargers will have a hole to fill at the tight end position as Hunter Henry hits free agency, and he could find his way back with the Bolts, yet the team should really focus on protecting their most valuable asset. Justin Herbert broke records this past season, but it came with a price. Over the course of his 15 starts, the 22-year old was sacked 32 times which was tied for the eleventh-most sacks with fellow rookie quarter back Joe Burrows. While it isn’t the worst mark against the line, that’s still quite the beating Herbert took. If Los Angeles hopes to get the most out of the young signal caller, keeping him on his feet should be a top priority.

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The Chargers have could look to do so though the draft as they hold the No. 13 pick. Adding a left tackle to help protect Herbert’s blindside would greatly help. Last season the Bolts had Bryan Bulaga fill the position and he did a solid job, only allowing 2 sacks. However, he isn’t the longterm solution that the team needs. 

Former center Mike Pouncey missed all of last season due to injury and won’t return this season as he announced his retirement alongside his brother Maurkice Pouncey. Adding a center in the draft could be another item on the list. However, the Chargers could also look to the free agency market where one of the best centers in the league is slated to be available. With more than $34 million in cap space, Los Angeles could target center Corey Linsley.  Linsley has been a productive player for Green Bay the past couple of seasons and his coming off of one in which he only allowed one sack and didn’t commit any penalties in 734 offensive snaps. 

No matter the route, bolstering the offensive line should be a top priority for Staley and the Bolts.

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