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Nick Hardwick could retire

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by SuperCharger92, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. SuperCharger92

    SuperCharger92 BoltTalker

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    Announced on Twitter just now by Gehlken..
     
  2. Dominion Bolt

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    Big loss but understandable. He did not look good when he went out in the Bengals game. Hope he does what's best for him and his family.
     
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    I won't fault him for it because he has to look out for his own personal health first and foremost, but...

     
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    Loved Nick's leadership and passion, but always thought he was a bit undersized. His wrestling skills were essential in allowing him to play for all those years. Not that I want more holes to fill in the draft, but I'd love to get a center that could really hold up against NT's.
     
  5. matilack

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    Yeah I figured. Great guy to, just had a huge comeback year IMO.

    And unfortunately that creates another hole on the O-line.
     
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    Ohrnberger played rather well as a backup.
     
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    He did, but that was obviously a rather small sample size. I'm not sure if he's the answer going forward, or just a very capable backup. He's really about the same size as Hardwick.
     
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    Yep at least it's not as much of a need as pre-Ohrnberger.
    But a Tyler Larsen or Weston Richburg draft pick in mid rounds would be a good thing.
     
  9. Dominion Bolt

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    If the Bolts have to replace him, let's not forget "1st and Goal" in D.C. - draft a big boy!
     
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    Nick Hardwick could retire?
    Great headline. So, Nick Hardwick could also not retire?

    Can't wait for the draft.
     
  11. SuperCharger92

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    Rinehart has played center in his career before. So Clary could actually be kept around unfortunately.
    Just reporting what I'm seeing. I think there's a 75 % chance of him leaning towards retirement.
     
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    Clary needs to go, I like our chances better with another $4.5M in cap space. If we can find Ohrnberger for 500k we an find a guard of Clary's meager talent.

    Wade Smith and Travelle Wharton come to mind. Maybe Alex Mack, and we could move Ohrnberger to OG.
     
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    Agree with that--It's going to be a bad year to get rid of Clary. Too many other needs. Let's face it, Dunlap's durability is questionable and we don't have a suitable back up, unless you count Fluker, but even then you still need another OT. C is an obvious need, if only to get a young guy starting to learn the position from Hardwick in his last season. And we could go G as well to beef up the backup corps. Granted some of that will be in FA rather than draft, but it seems like the wrong season to dump Clary.
     
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    It's weird. It's like half of the people in this thread think Nick announced his retirement and the other half accurately read the title of the thread. Nick is considering retiring but he has yet to decide. That's nothing new.
     
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    Agreed on Jumpy Clary. However, you must be forgetting about Harris who is the substitute LT. If Harris is healthy, there's no need to rotate Fluker to the leftside if/when Dunlap is dinged.
     
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    He might improve, but last time we relied on an injury prone LT and Harris as back up, it didn't go well.
    The few times I saw him this year, he wasn't that impressive. Going to need a real OT for the games when Dunlap is out.
     
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    C, OT, WR, RB, NT, OLB, CB (not necessarily in that order) is going to be quite a task!
     
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    They're going to have to get after it in FA for sure.
     
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    Should Hardwick choose to retire I feel better about it this year than last considering our options already on the current roster. Is it possible for Clary to restructure his deal? If so, I could easily see him doing it. He was much better inside at Guard than he was at Tackle.

    As for LT, don't we still have Mike Harris? He was on IR but under Coach D he appeared to make some excellent improvement when he stepped in for Dunlap (before he was injured himself - think he tore a pec or something).

    Anyway - I still certainly see a need for fresh beefy beef and as a result wouldn't toss Clary out on his *** in such a hurry.
     
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    I think it's less actually thinking he retired and more just discussing how his retirement would effect our needs going into next season. He also considered retiring last year after Dielman's seizure, considering the stinger and concussion he dealt with this year I wouldn't be surprised if he hung it up at all. What Dielman went through really rattled a lot of guys, especially Nick.
     
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    Agree on Clary--I was saying it would be a bad year to cut him.
    Not sure what we're getting with Harris (or Dunlap). That's why I see TT picking up another OT.
    Last time we assumed that RT-LT-Harris as LT backup was good enough tackle corps, we got burned. And I'm not sure Harris has improved much since then.
     
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    Maybe with regards to RB, CB, WR & OLB in FA. We got sorta lucky with Dunlap in FA. Stout & studly NTs, OTs & Cs are pretty rare commodities in the FA unless one wishes to bet the whole farm.
     
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    No doubt but even if it's a year or two away, it might be good to start developing a C now. Not many can start in the NFL year 1, and it would be good to get a rookie C to learn from Hardwick for at year.
     
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    Exactly. So there's your draft strategy. Nothing to do with speed ;)
    Smokescreens have started. TT goes for some of the skill positions if the right players are there, but he's gotta target those low-probability FA, high need positions when he can.
    We've been banking on Hardwick's health way too long.
     
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    I really liked his draft as our rookie GM. I'm actually very excited about the 2014 season more that I'd been pessimistic for the last 4 years :)
     
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    Fickle as a school girl. ;)
     
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    Telesco does look a bit young, but I never looked at him in that way. You sure?!
     
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    Fluker + Allen kicked ***. Te'o is showing promise. That alone is pretty damn good.
    Course AJ had some good early drafts too...
     
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    Sure, but Telesco didn't need to sucker a gullible GM in order to work his magic. ;)
     

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