Here’s a fun chart I came across this morning that I thought was worth sharing with all you.
Per Tom Bliss, who works as a Data Specialist for the NFL’s league office, the Chargers used the fifth-most unique offensive line combinations during the 2020 season. The only teams to have less stability at the position were the Eagles, Bengals, Patriots, and Raiders.
This past season, the Chargers had 10 different players start at least one game. Those players were: Sam Tevi, Forrest Lamp, Dan Feeney, Trai Turner, Bryan Bulaga, Trey Pipkins, Storm Norton, Tyree St. Louis, Cole Toner, and Ryan Groy.
In 2021, a decent number of these players may not even be on the team due to being free agents or cap casualties, so I wouldn’t expect to see many similarities when this upcoming season gets here.
But could the coming changes be exactly what the group needs? I’d like to think Brandon Staley and his staff will get this group figured out, but time will tell.
Here are unique starting OL combinations for each team during the 2020 season sorted from least combinations (LAR) to most combinations (PHI).— Tom Bliss (@DataWithBliss) February 18, 2021
Notice that the entire bottom row (the 8 teams with the most OL combinations) missed the playoffs. pic.twitter.com/6uD4cHTFyN
Now for today’s links.
Three teams the Chargers could trade back with in this year’s draft (Bolt Beat)
History of the Chargers drafting offensive lineman in the first round (Bolt Beat)
Fernando Ramirez highlights the Bolts’ pick from Daniel Jeremiah’s latest mock (Sports Illustrated)
Free agents that fit at each position for the Chargers (Chargers Wire)
The 2021 offseason could look like 1999 when 16 QBs switched teams (ESPN)
Predicting the 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL in 2021 (ESPN)
Pierre Desir donated 10,000 meals to a Houston food bank (Pro Football Talk)
Ranking every team’s rookie class in 2020 (NFL.com)
Saquon Barkley called his ACL tear the “weakest moment of my life” (NFL.com)
Most-overrated NFL free agents (Bleacher Report)