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The entire 2012 season was a mess for the San Diego Chargers, but poor offensive line play is what stuck out the most. The Chargers had the fourth-worst line in pass protection and the fifth-worst line in run-blocking, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required).
They did make some big changes by drafting offensive tackle D.J. Fluker in the first round and signing free-agent tackles King Dunlap and Max Starks. On the surface, these look like moves in the right direction, but they also may not have the desired impact.
As an example, many felt the Chargers reached for Fluker at No. 11 overall since he wasn't seen as an elite prospect. As for Starks and Dunlap, neither performed as top tackles last year. Dunlap was the 33rd-ranked tackle, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), while Starks finished in the bottom 10 in the league.
With the Seattle Seahawks and their vaunted defense coming to town for Week 1, we'll be able to see if any of these changes are taking San Diego's line in at least the right direction.