Former NFL Lineman: Los Angeles Chargers Will Shed ‘Chargering’ Ways Under Jim Harbaugh

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Mark Schlereth, former offensive lineman of the Washington Football Team and Denver Broncos, thinks highly of the Los Angeles Chargers hiring of Jim Harbaugh. He also isn’t a fan of analytics or Brandon Staley.

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On his podcast, Stinkin’ Truth, Schlereth took time to praise the current Chargers coach and take a shot at the former.

“I really think the days of Chargers ‘chargering’ [are over]. You could just count on the Chargers sh*tting in their helmets. I think those days are gonna be gone under Jim Harbaugh. I think this is one of the best hires in football. Because he’s going to take that Willy-nilly will go for it on fourth down and three from our own 28 because we’re “progressive” and we know the “numbers” and we like all that bullsh*t that doesn’t win anything. All that’s gone. You get a real football dude making football decisions and calling football games”

Of course, “Chargering” wasn’t a term invented to describe just Staley’s aggressive approach to play-calling or just his time as a coach. Chargering existed before referring to the many great Charger rosters falling short of expectations.

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Schlereth also described how he saw the Chargers offense operating with Justin Herbert under center and Harbaugh calling plays.

“We’re gonna dominate a line of scrimmage. We’re gonna run the ball. Don’t be mad if I hand it off 12 times in a row. What do you have that one game? He had 18 handoffs in a row or something like that. Don’t be mad because it’s gonna help you and we’re our play action game and our quick game is gonna be so freaking good, because we’re gonna be so dominant.”

Harbaugh’s emphasis on dominating at the line of scrimmage is not a new development and, offensive coordinator, Greg Roman has historically led the league in rushing attempts.

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