Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
Jared Gaither is, perhaps, one of the most important players in San Diego. Before Gaither arrived, the Chargers were a dumpster fire, and the ownership was probably preparing to have the coaching staff and many of the players dumped at the nearest landfill.
Gaither was thrown on the trash heap himself by the Kansas City Chiefs and Smith brought him in hoping he could solve some of the issues the Chargers were having with the offensive line.
Gaither came in, put out the fire and turned trash into treasure. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late for the Chargers, but the ownership gave Smith and Norv Turner another year, and Gaither was given a lucrative contract to stay in San Diego.
Whoops! Gaither missed nearly all of training camp, and the Chargers had no one behind him and have resorted to using an undrafted rookie at left tackle while Gaither has missed time.
Gaither is still not back in action, and there is a great deal of panic at Chargers' headquarters, whether they want to admit it or not.