“You just don’t plug a guy in and figure he’s going to fill [Hardwick’s] shoes right away,” general manager Tom Telesco said. “We’re happy with the guys we have, but no one is going to walk in and be Nick Hardwick on Day 1. And we’re not asking them to do that.”
Offensive line coach Joe D'Alessandris said he's looking forward to watching Watt develop.
"I think he has a lot of great qualities as an offensive lineman," D'Alessandris said. "He’s got a good mind. He wants to grow. He’s a sponge. He wants to absorb and learn.”
"I'm nervous about tomorrow just because it's so final," Hardwick said Monday. "To declare your intentions publicly and vocally, it's so final. But I'm also really excited. It's going to be a really good celebration of a fabulous career. I've had a lot of fun, and I learned a lot. That's where I am now, reflecting what I took from it."
Hardwick suffered a neck injury in the first game of the season and was contemplating retirement before the 2014 season began. The 33-year-old made 136 starts in his career.
"I got a fast track to life on a professional and personal development course," Hardwick said. "I feel like I have the wisdom of a 60-year-old in a 33-year-old's body, and I'm so thankful for that. Everything is so elevated in football. The highs are so high, and the lows are so low. … It's a big soul-searching journey. I'm really thankful that I guess I found the sport, and the sport found me."
"It’s hard and it’s still setting in," he said of missing the rest of the season, per the team's official website. "I have a touch of shock I guess and I don’t really know how I feel right now. You’re programmed one way and through everything you’ve done you’ve always continued to push forward and push through to find ways to get on the field. Unfortunately for this season it’s not going to happen anymore."
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|2005||San Diego Chargers||13||13|
|2006||San Diego Chargers||16||16|
|2007||San Diego Chargers||12||12|
|2008||San Diego Chargers||13||13|
|2009||San Diego Chargers||3||3|
|2010||San Diego Chargers||16||16|
|2011||San Diego Chargers||16||16|
|2012||San Diego Chargers||16||16|
|2013||San Diego Chargers||16||16|
|2014||San Diego Chargers||1||1|
|2004||San Diego Chargers||14||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2005||San Diego Chargers||13||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2006||San Diego Chargers||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2007||San Diego Chargers||12||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2008||San Diego Chargers||13||5||5.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2009||San Diego Chargers||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2010||San Diego Chargers||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||San Diego Chargers||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||San Diego Chargers||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||San Diego Chargers||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2007||San Diego Chargers||12||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2008||San Diego Chargers||13||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2009||San Diego Chargers||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2010||San Diego Chargers||16||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2011||San Diego Chargers||16||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2012||San Diego Chargers||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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