Chargers vs Raiders: 5 Keys to the Game for San Diego

September 8, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Blind Side Protection

Many of the keys to this game were areas of concern all of last season. The offensive line was more beaten up than a Chargers fan in the bathroom of Oakland Coliseum. Marcus McNeill, after continuing to get injured, was released.
His replacement? Jared Gaither.
Most fans are already asking the same question that even coaches are asking: When will Jared Gaither return? After earning a long term contract with the San Diego Chargers, Gaither has not practiced with the team. It may be early, but this is exactly what the Chargers were trying to avoid when they chose Gaither over McNeill.
The result of Gaither injured is allowing Mike Harris, an undrafted rookie, to start at Philip Rivers' blindside. This may end bad. No disrespect towards Harris, he just isn't completely ready to start, especially at such an important position.
The best case scenario is Mike Harris proves everyone wrong and makes Jared Gaither's injury easily forgotten. The...

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