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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: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2010 7:06 pm

LT on last legs

Bill B. and LT together...that'll be the day.   I say Eagles or Cards....gotta be NFC

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2010 7:02 pm

LT on last legs

The pats would seem to be right up his alley... either them or Seattle. The like old backs also.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2010 6:56 pm


The Patriots sign 2-3 over 30 year old players every year for $2 mill each.  The players never play, but they sign them.  LT is next,..

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2010 5:51 pm

LT on last legs

Gotta agree with you on this one Pete. Sadly, I think LT may make a good pickup for a team looking for a redzone specialist (he still scored a lot of TD's this year) & as someone who can give advice & mentor the younger members of the team on how to be a professional. I think he'd be a good fit in Cleveland tutoring Jerome Harrison (who looks like he could be great this year). Whether LT accepts this will determine whether he plays next season.

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