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Where next for L.T.?

Posted on: February 22, 2010 5:02 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2010 5:03 pm
Now that the Chargers have made it official and released LaDainian Tomlinson, the question is: Where does he go next?

Tomlinson made it clear he thinks he can still play, so he's not going away ... and that's unfortunate. I'd prefer remembering him at the top of his game, not as some guy trying to hang on. And, frankly, after what I saw last season that's what we're looking at next.

Someone will hire him -- with teams at the bottom of the running-back pile, like Seattle or New England or Kansas City possible landing spots -- but buyers, beware. He turns 31 this year, and his productivity has been declining -- with last year's 3.3 yards per carry average and 730 yards rushing the lowest of his career.

Backs over 30 scare me because, generally, they don't have much left in the tank. Backs over 30 who averaged 338 carries in seven straight years send me running, and those were L.T.'s numbers from 2001-2007.

Tomlinson is near the end of his career; he just won't admit it. I've said it before, and I will say it again: He reminds me of Edgerrin James when the Colts gave up on him -- and we all know how much Arizona squeezed out of Edge. There's not much left there, and certainly not enough to make L.T. a No. 1 back.

Don't believe it? Rewind the videotape of the Chargers' playoff loss to the New York Jets. Tomlinson averaged two yards a carry and didn't touch the ball in the fourth quarter. He wasn't a factor, and get used to it in the next chapter of his career.

Category: NFL

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2010 4:43 pm

Where next for L.T.?

What do guys think about him going to Pittsburgh he would be a great second back

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2010 6:32 pm

Where next for L.T.?

While I agree that LT has slowed a little, if you watched any San Diego games, the problem was mostly with the O-line.  The best running back will look bad if there isn't a hole to run through.  I hope LT gets a chance to shine this next year with a winner.

Since: Dec 29, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2010 5:23 pm

Where next for L.T.?

Norv Turner is the reason for LT's decline in production IMO. When Schottenheimer was there he put Tomlinson in better situations with the ball. Rivers was still shaky as a QB and that didn't help LT either. Turner's offense was very predictable in his first few seasons. They also went from a 11 or 12 win team to a 8 or 9 win a year team.

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2010 4:39 pm

Where next for L.T.?

I think the Cowboys will trade Marion Barber to the Chargers for Cromartie then turn around and sign LT to split the carries with Felix Jones and Tashard Choice

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2010 1:36 pm

Where next for L.T.?

Why would LT want to coach under Norv Turner when it's clear he doesn't want to play for him? Get real.

Since: Jun 9, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2010 1:32 pm

Where next for L.T.?

I watched LT's entire career at San Diego and have seen plenty of RB's through the years and agree that he is now average, at best.

Were I him, I would retire as a player and try and work out a coaching gig with the Chargers, maybe as a RB coach. That way, his family can stay put, he can still be around football. He has his health and a great lifestyle and career legacy in the bag. Retire, LT!

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2010 1:31 pm

Where next for L.T.?

LT 3.3 yards per carry in 2009.
Sproles 3.7 yards per carry in 2009.

Why are we not talking about how "done" Darren Sproles is?

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2010 12:05 pm

Where next for L.T.?

This seems like a typical situation where the Ravens swoop in and sign a veteran. He would be the spell back to Ray Rice and have a shot at winning if the team continues to develop the way they have in the past.

Since: Oct 5, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2010 11:34 am

Where next for L.T.?

Tres,  you are spot on!  I watched the NYG-Dallas game on nfl network yesterday and the holes that the Dallas duo had were incredible,  they didn't have to do anything till the second level,  like SDG used to be able to do,  the back in the Charger system isn't the problem it's the O-line, or the coaching of the O-line. How many times did we watch LT get hit immediately at the line?  Earl Campbell wouldn't be able to run for a 1000 yards behind this line either!  As usual, I anticipate we'll see another EX-Charger get a SUPER BOWL RING with a different team (congrats Rodney, Junior and oh yeah---DREW) because they're old or injured.  A.J. Smith is overated........

Since: Feb 24, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2010 11:24 am
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