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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Marcus McNeill: 2009 Is contract year for two time Pro Bowler Positional Analysis: Offensive Tackle: "LT Marcus McNeill is second in line for a contract extension behind Philip Rivers. McNeill has been a standout since being picked midway through the second round in the 2006 draft, earning Pro Bowl invitations in two of his first three seasons.

The dilemma for the Chargers is that McNeill is coming off his worst season. The two sides nearly agreed to an extension before the season, but then McNeill injured his back and delivered his most inconsistent"

The Chargers finished last season with the lowest ranked rushing attack in the AFC West. The team’s usually dominant left side failed to play up to expectations; LaDainian Tomlinson ran to the left sideline 37 times last year and gained only 101 yards, an average of 2.7 ypc.

McNeill believes injuries were a big part of the problem. He missed the first two games of the season and center Nick Hardwick missed the first three. Even after they returned, it took a while for the linemen to get back in sync.

“It’s all five of us taking care of the line of scrimmage,” McNeill said. “I was out early. Nick was out early. L.J. (Shelton) did a great job of filling in and Jeremy (Newberry) did a great job of filling in, but we also miss that.

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