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LT on last legs

Posted on: February 22, 2010 5:02 pm


Are you shocked by the San Diego Chargers releasing running back LaDainian Tomlinson?

You shouldn't be.

He has no get-up-and-go anymore. There is no second gear, nothing that can turn a 4-yard run into a 20-yard run.

That was painfully evident when the Chargers lost in the AFC Divisional round to the New York Jets. Tomlinson couldn't get through the holes with any pop. He finished that game with 24 yards on 12 carries. His long run was 5 yards.

Tomlinson didn't average over 4 yards a carry in his last eight games, including the playoff game, although he had just one carry in the regular-season finale. He was under 3.5 per rush in three of those games. He had just two games of 4 yards or more per carry in the entire season.

That's a sign it's all gone. The per-rush average is the most important stat for any back. Forget all the other numbers. That's the one.

And for LT it's all the proof we need that he is finished as a feature back. That's OK. He's had a wonderful career, one that will get him a bust in Canton.

What's next for him? He might be able to help a team in spot duty, but expecting anything more than that would be foolish.

Any team that signs him will be getting a shell of the LT we watched for most of the past nine years.

Don't get caught up in the name -- or in this case the initials. He isn't what you think he is anymore. The NFL is a cruel business and when the greats go it's even more so. But that's life.

LT isn't LT anymore. That's a fact



Category: NFL

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2010 7:35 am

LT on last legs

And the Redskins, Bills, Rams, Raiders... IE half the F'in Teams

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2010 7:01 am

LT on last legs

LMAO U said he wants to play with a stuf Qb then why on earth would he sign with the eagles!!

Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2010 6:26 am

LT on last legs

he would retire before he plays for the pats. he hates them.

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2010 11:28 pm

LT on last legs

Going to the Eagles makes sense to me.He wants to play with a stud Qb And a superbowl contender.This made me laugh so hard. first Mcnabb a stud QB hahahahahaha. And to top it off super bowl contender hahahahahaha. Get real. The Eagles and Mcnabb choke every year.

Since: Aug 14, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2010 10:06 pm

LT on last legs

He said he wants to go to a contender that has a proven quarterback that automatically rules out the browns.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2010 9:56 pm

LT on last legs

Funny, but the story isn't too bad.  It is a bit sensationalized in my opinion since this didn't happen all of a sudden, LT has fallen from a summit no one could measure up to year after year, into a situation where he just can't carry 300+ carries effectively anymore.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2010 9:53 pm

LT on last legs

Maybe they will, but it could be an improvement.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2010 8:39 pm

Still needed in the red zone

I am not delusional enough to think that LT is still an every down back. But I think that he's still a valuable contributor in the red zone. The Chargers early season struggles can be traced back to struggles in the red zone. He got healthy in games 4-6, and the Chargers went on a winning streak. An effective scoring threat like LT keeps the LBs honest and opens it up for the receivers. Next year, without an effective red zone back, defenses will rush 3 and drop eight into coverage. It's going to be a lot tougher for Rivers. Case in point the Jets playoff loss, too many field goal attempts, not enough TDs. Their run blocking also needs to improve a great deal for any back to be effective.

The people who started bashing him during the AFC championship against the Patriots weren't paying attention to LT during his career. As Kevin Acee of the Union Tribune wrote  "A man doesn’t play in 115 games to that point, absorbing thousands of hits, get to the brink of the Super Bowl for the first time and suddenly lose the will to play." He was NEVER a rah rah leader. He led by his play on the field. He NEVER ran up and down the sideline a la Ray Lewis exhorting his teammates on. He was ALWAYS a player who wore his heart on his sleeve, for better or worse, and answered questions honestly. For all of you who say athletes pull from the "book of cliche," well in the end he was honest. He ALWAYS played hard and left it on the field.

He will be missed by true Chargers fans. Thank you LT for bringing the Chargers back to National prominence. Thank you for your work in our community. Good luck. To the detractors, the LT haters. You are the same fans who booed Brees and chanted for Flutie. The same people who changed their tune when he went 21-11 in his next two seasons. You are the reason SoCal fans have a bad reputation. You are definition of fair weather. Just because we have fair weather in San Diego, doesn't mean our sports loyalty should reflect that. I will always be thankful for the 9 glorious seasons LT wore 21 for the San Diego Chargers (good, bad, and in between).

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2010 7:28 pm

LT on last legs

Going to the Eagles makes sense to me.He wants to play with a stud Qb And a superbowl contender. Bring him in for 8-10 carries a game, goalline and short yardage, give Mccoy 8-10 touches a game and have him learn from one of the best, and have Westbrook take a paycut and have him as your 3rd down back perhaps even line him up at WR a few plays a game and get him 4-7 touches in space with those WRs and Celek they would be even tougher to stop than last year. Then they can go sign  Dansby and sure up that line backing core. Lets go Birds your window is almost sealed.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2010 7:27 pm

LT on last legs

Prisco released by anyone surprised? shouldnt be.......he's a hack and has no get-a-good story left in him....not that he ever had any....its sad when a wanna be athlete aka sportswriter, beat reporter, et al......does know when to put down the ink...just plain sad!

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