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AFC WEST
Text by Don Banks
February 11, 2013
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February 11, 2013

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PROBLEM STAT

13.7 Average time, in seconds, between each sack, hit or hurry that LT Mike Harris allows in pass protection, worst in the league.

SOLUTION

The heightened role of Harris, an undrafted rookie, illustrates the poor personnel decisions made by previous Chargers management. Incoming G.M. Tom Telesco has to immediately address both tackle positions—Jeromey Clarey is on the right side—through the draft. He should find at least one quality prospect at No. 11, such as Central Michigan's Eric Fisher or Alabama's D.J. Fluker.

AND THEN?

Sign a starting corner to replace the inconsistent Antoine Cason, and consider moving descending CB Quentin Jammer to safety.... Cut losses with WR Robert Meachem, the team's marquee 2012 free-agent signee, who started just three games and only once had more than 50 receiving yards.... Find a running back to push or replace Ryan Mathews, who has been a disappointment since being selected No. 12 in '10.

PROBLEM STAT

3.6 Tackling attempts for every tackle missed by FS Kendrick Lewis, the poorest ratio for any safety.

SOLUTION

His whiffs were instrumental in the Chiefs' allowing 19 runs of 20 or more yards, tied for second worst in the league. Lewis, who has speed and cover skills, missed the first five games with a right shoulder injury; maybe better health and a refresher course in tackling technique will make him effective again.

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