<strong>July 25, 2005</strong>
Source: <a href="http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW/The+Way+We+Hear+It/default.htm?mode=afcwest">Pro Football Weekly</a>
League scouts have suggested that Chargers ORT Shane Olivea, a surprise starter as a rookie last year, is better-suited to play inside at guard down the road. But the team's center, Nick Hardwick, also a rookie starter last season, is quick to come to the defense of his teammate and how he has handled himself at tackle thus far. Hardwick believes Olivea has a long career ahead of him outside. "What scouts know about Shane is that he's 6-2 and has short arms, but they don't know that his feet are unbelievable and he's got a great hand punch," Hardwick told PFW. "He "couldn't have given up more than three sacks last year (4 1/2, according to STATS Inc.) and considering who he faced - I think he gave up one to John Abraham, one to Dwight Freeney and one to Oakland - for any rookie coming in and starting at tackle, that's pretty impressive." After putting five new faces on the field to protect Drew Brees in 2004, the Chargers are expected to keep the same surprisingly cohesive unit intact for '05.