Los Angeles Chargers: Offensive line is among the league’s best

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 23: Russell Okung (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 23: Russell Okung (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

The Los Angeles Chargers are one of the sleeper teams to make a deep Super Bowl push next season. At the center of that push will be a stellar offensive line.

The Los Angeles Chargers are already flying under the radar for most in the NFL community next season. While there are a select few that recognize how good the Chargers can be, it is safe to say that not many outside of the Chargers circle think that LA is going to do anything big next year.

The entire team is familiar with the low expectations attached to the Chargers. That is just how it is. However, one of the biggest areas where the Chargers are really overlooked is the offensive line.

When you think of the best offensive lines in football your mind automatically gravitates towards the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Not only are the Los Angeles Chargers among those teams in offensive line class, LA is arguably better than all three; at least Vincent Frank of Sportsnaut thinks so.

With the signing of Mike Pouncey, the Chargers completed an offensive line project that has been years in the making. Quarterback Philip Rivers has played behind some bad offensive lines and is now seeing the best offensive line in his NFL career.

Pouncey is under center. Pouncey is a three-time Pro Bowler and still proved that he could produce last season with the Miami Dolphins.

Alongside him at both guard spots are going to be Dan Feeney and Forrest Lamp. Feeney was one of the best guards in protecting the quarterback last season and really broke out as a quality third-round pick. Lamp unfortunately missed all of his rookie year but was regarded a first round talent in the 2017 NFL Draft before the Chargers selected him in the second.

Los Angeles is deep as well. Behind both Feeney and Lamp is a good duo of Scott Quessenberry and Michael Schofield. At least one, if not both of those guys would be starting on most NFL teams.

At both tackles the Chargers have 2017 Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung and Joe Barksdale. Barksdale is the weakest player on the offensive line and is still a top-10 right tackle.

With an offense that is going to rely evenly on passing and running the football, having a good offensive line in all areas is important. The Los Angeles Chargers built just that.

And even before this refined version of the line, the Chargers offensive line was producing results last season. Rivers had the lowest sack percentage of any quarterback last year (3.04 percent).

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The Los Angeles Chargers are going to be special in many ways next season. However, one of the main reasons that many are overlooking is the fantastic offensive line. With that offensive line, the Chargers really can go deep in the playoffs.