To say the Chargers had a tough year with former left tackle Jared Gaither would be an understatement. Disregarding that low bar, it appears that the San Diego media have already noticed the huge upgrade in Starks over Gaither and we aren’t even talking about skills here.
A blog on the Mighty 1090 written by Scott Bair details in what way Starks has been an improvement. According to Bair, it all starts will attitude.
Bair on Gaither’s attitude:
Gaither was moody in the locker room, difficult with the press and a downer when things didn’t go right. Gaither left his first 2012 practice with back spasms, and his return with a back issue that kept him out of training camp and the first three regular season games. A groin issue sidelined him for good after week 8.
Starks on his eagerness to compete for a starting job he has already won the day he signed.
“I feel like I’m competing for a starting job,” Starks said after his first OTA as a Charger. “I ran with the No. 2s all day, and I’m fine with that. This is a learning process, and I don’t want anything given to me. I hope the coaches want the best five guys that work well together. It wouldn’t feel right if it wasn’t earned.”
Going into the season the offensive line will be the biggest question for the Chargers. Center Nick Hardwick will be the only returning starter playing at the same position. Jeromey Clary, who started (awfully) at right tackle last season, was shifted to the inside after the team took D.J Fluker who is expected to start at right tackle. Add a new starter at left guard and you have a line who will be better than last season’s, but will keep Philip Rivers looking over his shoulder.