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finally some good news: hardwick practicing for the first time today:

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by mandude, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. mandude

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  2. mandude

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    WHOO!! 300 posts. (errr this is 301)
     
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  3. Aggieman

    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

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    OMGZ!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Good news, get well Hardwick. :icon_banana::tup::icon_toast:
     
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    He better get his *** back.
     
  6. mandude

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    I'm a slow poster, I've been on the board though for nearly 3 years... just don't say much.
     
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    Aggieman I bleed blue and gold

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    I'm trying to break the unwritten record of "most posts in first two months." I figure if I just keep posting I'll do it without even knowing the actual record. As in Wow! 2500 posts by October, that has to be a new record.
    Just kidding, I have a lot to say and love to say it.
     
  8. Buck Melanoma

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    Yeah, we've noticed! :icon_tease: :lol:

    Glad to hear that Hardwick is working. Hopefully he'll be back in a couple more weeks. Mac needs to get in their, too. PR looks good - give him some time & he'll put up some very good numbers this year.
     
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    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    I concur and approve this statement. :tup:
     
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    I'm more excited for what it means for LT. Rivers seemed to do fine with the line as it is, but I'd like to see LT take off, and it doesn't seem like he's finding the holes like he did when Hardwick was in there.
     
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    Very good news indeed. I'm a lazy man who has been traveling all week so I would appreciate any updates on McNeill as well. I know that they said he was improving but any word on his return?
     
  12. Johnny Lightning

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    Nothing new on McNeill that I can find...
     
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    San Diego relying on Tucker to stabilize defense without Merriman

    Shawne Merriman is out for the season and the San Diego Chargers will surely miss the infectious energy and intensity he brought on every snap, but the bigger problem for defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell is how to replace the complete skill set Merriman brought to the table, especially the pressure he was able to put on opposing quarterbacks off the edge. In watching the film from the Chargers' Week 1 loss to Carolina, it is apparent Merriman's knee was hampering him. He was still dropping into coverage in base formations but was clearly not the same explosive player he was a year ago, and the decision to finally have surgery was the smartest in the long term.

    In the short term, backup Jyles Tucker will step in for Merriman, and although Tucker is not quite at Merriman's level, he is strong and well-built for San Diego's base 3-4 alignments, has an explosive first step and pure speed and showed great hustle in limited duty last season. He will line up opposite OLB Shaun Phillips in base, and in sub-package four-man fronts we likely will see Tucker and Phillips bracketing Luis Castillo and Jacques Cesaire on the inside.

    Cottrell used Tucker against Carolina in basically the same role Merriman would play, but until Tucker proves himself, Phillips will see more attention than usual from opposing offenses.

    Both Merriman and Phillips could play either end spot in the Chargers' four-man fronts in their nickel and dime sub packages, and Cottrell also could stack them at the inside linebacker positions in sub, but opposing offenses likely will identify Phillips pre-snap and set the protection to his side. That means extra attention in the form of help from a tight end or running back, and Cottrell will have to find a way to counter that.

    Cottrell could give an initial pre-snap look with Phillips and Tucker, then move Phillips around just before the snap. The hope would be to create confusion along the offensive line that would make it easier to overload one side or open up room for a zone-fire that would bring a cornerback out of the slot.

    Cottrell is a fairly conservative coordinator who does not like to take many chances to get pressure, so with Merriman out, he's likely to use more four-man fronts and overloads that send multiple defenders through the same area. With three cornerbacks -- Antonio Cromartie, Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason -- who can match up well in man coverage, there will be only minor tinkering on the back end, but expect some shuffling and a variety of looks up front until Cottrell is comfortable with what Tucker can do and how best to align his players.

    And though Merriman is obviously one of the premier pass-rushers in the league, he also will be missed as a run defender when the Chargers are in their base defense. The outside linebackers in a 3-4 defense must be able to set the edge against the run and force things back toward the inside linebackers who are coming downhill. That requires excellent technique in terms of hand use and finding leverage points against blockers -- things Merriman is very good at -- and it will take some time for Tucker to learn the finer points of playing the run. This becomes even more of an issue when taking into consideration the suspension that is costing ILB Stephen Cooper the first four games of the season.

    On the other side of the ball, the San Diego offense will have to play more of a ball-possession style. Look for more emphasis on controlling the clock and moving the chains with RB LaDainian Tomlinson and TE Antonio Gates, and expect QB Philip Rivers to be more careful with the ball to avoid putting undue pressure on a defense that is somewhat in flux.

    In the end, a big part of how the defense responds will depend on how well Tucker performs in the first full-time duty of his career. If he can step in and consistently play the same role as Merriman, the coaching staff won't have to upset the apple cart and players won't be asked to move around and do things they aren't used to.

    Tucker has shown the kind of impressive physical gifts that could make him an impact player, but he must quickly improve his recognition of blocking patterns against the run and route recognition against the pass if he hopes to minimize the impact of Merriman's absence.

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    San Diego relying on Tucker to stabilize defense without Merriman

    In Tucker we trust.
     
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    San Diego relying on Tucker to stabilize defense without Merriman

    What's her name, Debbie downer???? Yeah, I think that's it.:unsure:
     
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    San Diego relying on Tucker to stabilize defense without Merriman

    Jyles Tucker is a beast. I am actually anxious as hell to see him get his blast on. Cutler is going to be on the ground early and often.
     
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    San Diego relying on Tucker to stabilize defense without Merriman

    Cutler is going to eat dirt. I hope he likes it.
     
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    Crap I thought an MRI had said Big Mac's disc was doing better. we need his big *** back!
     
  19. Buck Melanoma

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    You got that right!

    BTW - does their caution with Mac have anything to do with the spinal stenosis issue that he has? :icon_shrug:
     
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    Seemingly good news, though not of immediate consequence, was that center Nick Hardwick returned to practice.
    “I've pushed it harder than what we did (yesterday),” said Hardwick, who had major foot surgery in March and spent all of the preseason on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. “But having the pads on, you get a little adrenaline rush. . . . It's one of the steps necessary to get back on the field.”
    Hardwick is likely at least three weeks away from playing. He still needs to work through an entire practice and, ideally, needs at least a couple of weeks of full workouts before playing.
    “I have to get some rust off, get some actual reps, feel good about myself and that I can protect myself and my teammates,” he said. “I've started taking mental reps, trying to get my mind back up to speed, because that's part of the deal, too, realizing soon enough I'm going to be on the field.”

    By Kevin Acee
     
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    I'm thinking we get him and Mac back for the Raiduhs. Back for the Jets will be our good luck.
     
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    Raiders are the best bet, that'll let them ease into things especially with the Dolphins after them:lol:
     

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