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CHARGERS NOTES: Hardwick doesn't miss a beat in return
Seeing Hardwick running free and blocking strong was a surprising sight, considering he'd been out 15 weeks with an ankle injury that required surgery to repair.

Whistling past the graveyard - Mile High Report
Is it the O Line? Orton? Or McDaniels? I say it's all three... McDaniels: There's an expression. It's called trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. And for 15 weeks and four pre-season games we have seen McDaniels try and turn a small, zone blocking line into a power running line. This was doomed from the start. You can't scheme size and the line is not built for what McD wants.

Scramble for the Ball: Ratedness
Mike: Honestly, I'm not sure what it means, but it does highlight the need for non-statistical evaluation, even when you have tools as good as DYAR and DVOA.

LT still spry, thanks to Sproles - SignOnSanDiego.com
Darren Sproles, a 5-foot-6 Hercules known to his family and friends as Tank, might prove to be more valuable to the Chargers this season than even his NFL-leading 2,279 all-purpose yards would suggest.

D.C. Sports Bog - Norv Turner on Snyder and the Redskins
"I think we all know at some point, you're going to move on," Norv Turner said on the day he was fired from the Redskins. "It's time for me to move on." In advance of this weekend's Chargers-Redskins game, Turner did a conference call with the D.C. media on Wednesday.

Spanos credits Turner for turnaround
"It’s the players on the field obviously, but the catalyst that makes it all happen is the head coach. He’s the one that directs the team; he’s the one that puts the game plans together. He gives them the direction and the means to go out there, but they still have to go play. I think the catalyst for the whole thing is Norv Turner. It starts with him."