The only thing standing between Phillip Rivers and some playing time is his left tackle. Solution doesn’t seem that complicated.

I don’t often trust sports journalists’ assessments of players.  Their expertise is limited to writing (and even then, inconsistently) and sports fandome, until proven otherwise.  Let me know when Bill Cowher takes up a weekly column.

 

But I trust them slightly more when they include actual claims based on actual observations of a player’s on-field performance.  Enter Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune’s message-in-a-bottle to AJ Smith.

 

Boling reviewed the now-unemployed Alex Barron a few weeks ago when Barron was still a candidate to make the Seahawks’ roster.  Boling gives Barron a thumbs up.  The Chargers could use an offensive tackle that gets a thumbs up from a fairly objective onlooker.  The same can’t be said for Mike Harris’s performance against Jared Allen last week.

 

Boling doesn’t make bold claims. Barron was a highly-drafted bust. His penchant for penalties has cost him a spot on two NFL rosters. But Boling saw flashes of greatness against a younger, more agile player.

 

At this point, the Chargers are in damage control mode. They need to protect their franchise quarterback, even if it comes at the price of untimely penalties. Get someone of Barron’s skill level into camp and get him reps at left tackle, because the season is fast approaching.

 

On another note, Deuce Lutui was cut the same day as Barron. He has had weight problems and played inconsistently, but again, may be a better stopgap at guard than anyone currently on the Chargers’ roster.  Worth a flyer, especially in the final preseason game?

 

 

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