You know, many argued and believed that it was Philip Rivers' play during the last five games and his endorsement of HC Norv Turner that led Turner to be retained along with GM A.J. Smith. I don't believe that one bit. One can argue that Philip Rivers' endorsement played a role in it, but it was really the last five games, a 4-1 record, that helped Turner and the front office keep their jobs. Sure Philip Rivers' level of play was high, but I'd argue that Turner owes a lot to the offensive line for him coming back.
In the following slides, you'll see why I believe the Chargers already have a head start on the 2012 season with the re-signing of Jared Gaither and Nick Hardwick, bringing back the two players that were part of the unit that led the Chargers to their 4-1 finish in 2012.
While many called and predicted for the Chargers to draft an offensive linemen, I was against the idea as I knew what the Chargers were going into the 2012 with—an elite unit along the line. Now we're here. Nearly a month and a half past the draft, and boy was I happy that the Chargers didn't draft a linemen in the first three rounds. Then again, I believe the Chargers front office saw what I saw in what they already had.
Back to the point of my article, the Chargers' returning offensive line is one of the most complete units in the entire league. If the Chargers are going to be dominant next season, the biggest reason behind that would be the offensive line, a line that had gelled together towards the end of last season all the while building the foundation for this upcoming year.
I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I had writing it.