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slc chief
08-22-2010, 04:36 PM
Tra Thomas' retirement leaves experience gap for Chargers (http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/aug/21/thomas-retirement-leaves-experience-gap/)
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August 22 San Diego Union-Tribune

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"It was almost certainly eventually going to be this way, regardless.
But the retirement announcement by Tra Thomas makes it official that the players comprising the Chargers' projected two-deep at left tackle have played a total of a few dozen snaps at the position.
All those snaps belong to Brandyn Dombrowski, the player who filled in admirably at right tackle the final seven games of the 2009 season, his first on an NFL roster.
Tyronne Green, the projected backup, has yet to even play left tackle in a preseason game and has worked at left tackle in five practices. He was, until late last month, a guard and center.
Dombrowski started Saturday night in the Chargers' 16-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys and played with the first group throughout the first half. Green watched from the sideline, having sprained his ankle in Tuesday's practice.
Thomas, a 12-year veteran who played in three Pro Bowls but will be 36 in November, was signed by the Chargers in June to provide depth at left tackle due to the protracted absence of Marcus McNeill. According to team sources, Thomas did not feel he was performing up to his own standards and it had become clear Green was developing into a better option. His decision had nothing to do with the arthroscopic knee surgery he underwent three weeks ago.
Ryan Otterson, an undrafted rookie out of Wyoming, replaced Dombrowski in the second half. The Chargers also have undrafted rookie Nick Richmond, who will likely be on the practice squad.
Dombrowski played parts of three games at left tackle last season and also started two games at right guard in addition to filling in for the injured Jeromey Clary at the end of the season."

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slc chief
08-22-2010, 09:38 PM
honestly having your starting left tackle not wanting to play for you.and the back up left tackle retiring is definantly a step backwards.i am also hearing vincent jackson to the seahawks trade could be done as early as this week makes me happy he was a beast against us last year.

stricken721
08-22-2010, 09:44 PM
honestly having your starting left tackle not wanting to play for you.and the back up left tackle retiring is definantly a step backwards.i am also hearing vincent jackson to the seahawks trade could be done as early as this week makes me happy he was a beast against us last year.

That's not a good chemistry going on there. This will definitely help us when it comes to the Chargers, but remember if he goes to Seattle we will have to play him again this year. But I'd rather deal with him once every so often than twice a year.