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San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers shows his frustration with his offensive line during the Chargers loss to Kansas City, on Monday night.
Once again, and probably all season (or until Marcus McNeill decides to end his holdout) was the focus on left tackle Brandyn Dombrowski.
Dombrowski showed he was up to challenge of replacing McNeill in the preseason after facing off against tough pass rushers in the likes of Julius Peppers, and DeMarcus Ware in consecutive weeks.
Monday night brought forth a completely different situation.
Dombrowski would be fending off the Chiefs monster of a defensive end Glenn Dorsey and trying to stay focused with the deafening roar of Arrowhead Stadium in the background. In the end, Dombrowski proved to fans once again he can handle protecting Philip Rivers blindside.
The Chargers offensive line did an o.k. job of creating a stable pocket and giving Philip Rivers plenty of time to get the ball down field, however there were a few instances when protection broke down and Rivers found himself scrambling in order to avoid getting sacked.
Where the Chargers offensive line really struggled was in creating holes and gaps for their running backs to run throw. Too many times was the rushing offense stuffed at the line of scrimmage or held to a short gain because of the lack of creating those holes.
What good is it to have solid running backs in Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles, if they can get passed their own lineman.