The San Diego Chargers have to improve their offensive line during the off-season because they gave up 49 sacks in 2012 which ranked fourth in sacks allowed.
According to ESPN’s Bill Williamson, “The San Diego Chargers may pursue Buffalo Bills impending free-agent OG Andy Levitre if he becomes available this off-season.” Levitre started all 64 games for Buffalo from 2009-2012 and was named to an NFL All-Rookie team in 2009.
Joe D’Alessandris is San Diego’s new offensive line coach and he has experience working with Levitre in Buffalo. If San Diego’s front office signs Levitre, it will be interesting to see if they still choose an offensive lineman in round one of the draft which most experts expect to happen as of today.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. has San Diego selecting former North Carolina Tar Heels offensive guard Jonathan Cooper with the 11th pick while ESPN’s Todd McShay has the Lighting Bolts selecting former Oklahoma Sooners left tackle Lane Johnson.
San Diego left tackle Jared Gaither is injury prone, so this could factor into the front office’s decision in terms of the direction they go on draft day. If San Diego’s front office chooses an offensive lineman in round one, it will not make a splash the way that selecting a running back or a wide receiver would make, but it may be necessary.
Philip Rivers ranked 11th in QB rating, but he did not have the best weapons to throw to because San Diego ranked 22nd in receiving yards. This was also due to poor play by the offensive line though because Rivers did not have as much time as other quarterbacks to throw the ball.
If San Diego’s front office is able to sign Levitre, it will be another step in the right direction for San Diego’s front office to go along with the coaching changes that were made during the off-season.