If you have followed my writing at all since before I joined the staff here at BFTB, then you may have noticed a theme throughout my articles.
My genuine passion for the guys up front may create a bias in my opinions but I don’t think that’s the case anymore heading into the 2017 season. If I were to believe the Chargers could finish as a top-10 offensive line during the season at this point last year, I would have been shouted down and shamed into submission. Now, I’m able to make this proclamation in full confidence.
*Stands up on coffee shop table* THE CHARGERS. WILL HAVE. A TOP-10 OFFENSIVE LINE. IN 2017.
Phew. Feels pretty good.
The Bolts are heading into next season with an offensive line that saw the next closest thing to a complete overhaul. Chances are that right tackle Joe Barksdale will be the only member to return to his 2016 position as most forecasters believe Matt Slauson will kick out to one of the open guard spots.
With the additions of Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney, arguably the two best interior offensive linemen in the draft, Anthony Lynn has an offensive line that resembles those from his time with the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills.
From 2009-2013, Lynn helped the Jets average an NFL-leading 137.0 yards per game on the ground. After following Rex Ryan to the Bills, Lynn’s running backs led the NFL in rushing yards during the ‘15 and ‘16 seasons. In all, Coach Lynn has had something close to a monopoly on rushing yards throughout the last decade.
Fans should be able to have some real, unwavering faith that Lynn will do everything in his power to put his offensive lineman, and the rest of the team, into the best position to be successful.
But let’s ask all of you. Assuming Coach Lynn is able to put the best five offensive linemen on the field on Sundays this fall, what are the realistic expectations for this unit?