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The key to the success of the San Diego Chargers will be protecting quarterback Philip Rivers all year.
The stats don’t lie, as he ran for his life on most passing downs and threw 17 interceptions in the first 10 games of last season. When they added tackle Jared Gaither and guard Tyronne Green to the offensive line, it allowed a disjointed unit to become a cohesive part of a good offense.
With the retirements of tackle Marcus McNeill and guard Chris Dielman, the Chargers are expecting Gaither to become one of the leaders of the team. However, he continues to miss practice time with an ailing back.
The team is being cautious with Gaither and making sure he is ready for the regular season. If he’s not, then depth on the offensive line will be a major roadblock to their success.