It’s always encouraging when offensive lineman protect the quarterback, but when it’s perceived intentional those lineman go to war.
San Diego Chargers Philip Rivers was under a pile after Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jordan Hill sacked him in last night’s preseason game. That’s when Seahawks rookie defensive end Frank Clark joined the pile landing on top of their quarterback.
Of course, that didn’t sit well with the Chargers’ offensive line and they responded.
Chargers offensive left tackle King Dunlap joined the fray and threw Clark receiving a 15 yard unnecessary roughness flag.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Dunlap didn’t even see the play just responded by hearing his Chargers’ teammates screaming at Clark. So protecting the quarterback is part of the job description.
“That guy was on top of Philip, and that’s our quarterback,” Dunlap told the newspaper. “I protect the quarterback at all costs.”
The former Michigan Wolverine Clark has a checkered past being dismissed off the team for a domestic violence dispute that was later downgraded to a disorderly conduct charge,
However, in this case it seems to be a rookie being over aggressive and not knowing there are consequences to your actions on the field.
Rivers left the game after injuring his throwing hand, but X-rays came back negative.
Good news for Chargers fans that pile scrum didn’t injure their star quarterback.