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Dear L.T.: Minnesota was a better fit

Posted on: March 14, 2010 7:49 pm

LaDainian Tomlinson said he wants to go somewhere he can win a Super Bowl, and I guess the New York Jets are a good place to start. After all, they were one victory short of the Super Bowl this year. But are they closer than Minnesota?

If Brett Favre returns, the answer is no. Maybe L.T. couldn't wait for Favre to make up his mind. Maybe he knows something we don't. Anyway, he chose the Jets over what I think is a better situation in Minnesota, where he could have backed up an All-Pro and played in the same backfield with another future Hall of Famer.

The operative words there are "could have," with everything depending on Favre.

So he goes to New York where he teams up with second-year back Shonn Greene and plays behind a second-year quarterback. It sounds promising, only I don't just wonder what was more attractive about Green and Sanchez than Adrian Peterson and Favre. I wonder why the Jets are interested in LaDainain Tomlinson.

They saw what he had to deliver in the playoffs, and it wasn't much. He averaged two yards a carry and touched the ball once in the fourth quarter, gaining a yard. But forget about that game. It was against the best defense in the league, the team he just joined. Look at the big picture, and what we see is that across the board Tomlinson's numbers were down in virtually every department. The most disturbing one was the 3.3 yards a carry, a career low and a drop of 1.3 yards from his totals only two years ago.

Tomlinson turns 31 this year. He's been hurt in the last three seasons. His numbers are falling. Connect the dots: He's a descending player near the end of his career. So tell me why he's an upgrade over Thomas Jones. He's not. Jones ran for 1402 yards last year, averaging 4.2 yards per try and scoring 14 times. Yet the Jets released him.

So now they sign Tomlinson, and that's an improvement? I don't think so. I can't understand why either of these parties found the other attractive. L.T. had a better situation in Minnesota, where the Vikings are a more complete team -- with Favre, of course -- than the Jets. And the Jets had a better situation wtih Jones than they do with Tomlinson.

L.T. is one of the class guys in this game, but he didn't like the criticism that followed him late in his career in San Diego. Imagine how he'll respond if the tabloids jump him in New York. Just another reason to have liked Minnesota, L.T.

Category: NFL

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2010 6:41 pm

Dear L.T.: Minnesota was a better fit

Brian Schottenheimer.  That's why LT is in NY.  His dad gave LT the rock and made sure he was the centerpiece of that offense.  LT is hoping he'll get more opportunities because they've been slinging it in SD since Norv has been there.

Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2010 4:17 pm

Dear L.T.: Minnesota was a better fit

Thomas Jones had a career year last season running behind THE BEST offensive line in football that sent 3 of 5 to the pro bowl! San Diego on the other hand had an offensive line plagued with injuries, that couldn't get him out of the backfield. That is why neither Tomlinson nor Sproles could gain many positive yards. In conjunction, saying that Minnesota is a more complete team is false. Both teams failed at the same point in the previous season. However, the Jets have improved their secondary, which is the point Peyton Manning exploited in the AFC Championship.  All things being equal, that game goes much different right now if the game is replayed with two solid cornerbacks in Revis and Cromartie.  Brett Favre played some of the best football in his career turning in the lowest TD-INT ratio since coming into the NFL.  The probability of him duplicating those totals are very slim. If  Brett Favre doesnt play the same football, the Vikings may not even make the playoffs next year. And the Minnesota fans will put Favre on the next thing smoking back to Mississippi.  The Jets have the best offensive line, the better defense and an offense that was successful in spite of having a QB throwing 4 INTs per game.  Sanchez development may also lead to more check down passes which may target him in HB screen plays.  Why wouldnt he join the Jets again?

Since: Feb 11, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2010 3:09 pm

Dear L.T.: Minnesota was a better fit

The guy wants to go out on top.  That means winning a superbowl and being the main tailback.  In other words, on his own terms.  Being a back up in Minnesota is really in namesake only.  That's because the biggest question behing favre coming back is peterson's fumbling problems.  Yes, that's right.  I am a vikings fan and his fumbling is a real issue. 

That's why they wanted LT.  His playing time would go from 3rd down and option plays to even half the carries if AP keeps putting the ball on the ground. 
All players get humbled and when LT realizes that he had to satisfy his desire to go out as a #1 RB instead of grooming a potential hall of famer that's when he'll realize his error in judgement.

By the way the jets are a good team and they will miss jones because he runs much harder than LT at this point in LT's career

Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2010 12:45 pm

Dear L.T.: Minnesota was a better fit

Good riddance.  Minnesota doesn't need a running back who will require a walker mid-season.  San Diego's run blocking may have been atrocious, but his receiving stats weren't all that impressive either.  I hope Minnesota gives Alber Young a chance and bumps Ian Johnson up to third string.  Get some youth in there.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2010 9:43 am

Dear L.T.: Minnesota was a better fit

The Vikings may be closer to a superbowl (if Favre plays) than the Jets but here is what the Jets have over the Vikings.  They have the best Run Blocking Offensive line in football, they are a run oriented team and they know who their qb is for sure.  The Jets also do not have a running back that is set in stone.  Sure he could back up AP and steal some 4th quarter carries because you cant trust AP with the ball in the 4th or he could go to the jest where even though Green will probabbly be listed as the starter he isnt entrenched in stone like AP is.  The Vikings ran the ball 467 times last season not bad but the jest ran it 607 times that means even if he is a back up in NY there will be more carries to go around.  If LT has anything left in the tank it will be behind the Jets line that he shows it not that the Vikings line is bad I just think the Jets line is a step above them.  Granted its probabbly all for nothing as odds are LT has nothing or very little left in the tank but hey even I could put up yards behind the Jets OLine (Well till that first hit from someone like Ray lewis then im heading for the locker room lol).

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2010 9:10 am

Dear L.T.: Minnesota was a better fit

Darren Sproles averaged 3.7 ypc last year.  The S.D. run blocking was atrocious. 

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2010 8:39 am

Dear L.T.: Minnesota was a better fit

He`s one of the "class guys" in this game??? Thats why he watched his teammates play in the pre-season, while he sat his a$$ on the sidelines... yeah right, real classy. Maybe he realizes it will be difficult to get a ring, so he only cares about the MONEY

Wow that is stupid.

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2010 12:54 am

Dear L.T.: Minnesota was a better fit

Definitely a bad move by the Jets.Thomas Jones is better at this point in LT's carreer.
Thomas Jones will find life tough with the Cheifs O-line unless they get someone like Russell Okung so they can move around their linemen to their origional peices. We saw what LT could od with a great O-line. Both teams have great run blockers. 3 pro bowlers blocking for you, amazing. Now you have Fanaca, Woody, and Fergusen, LT if he stays healthy, along with enough touches, can get over 1000 yards and 10 tds.

Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: March 14, 2010 11:17 pm

Dear L.T.: Minnesota was a better fit

Definitely a bad move by the Jets.Thomas Jones is better at this point in LT's carreer.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 14, 2010 11:14 pm

Dear L.T.: Minnesota was a better fit

more drivel from cbs writers.

at the risk of repeating what several others below have said, here is my take.

the jets want to give the ball to shonn greene as their primary back. they wanted a third down/pass catcher/tweener, which lt fits. thomas jones wasn't the type of back they were looking for. tomlinson is a little bit greene and a little bit leon washington. he can spell either in games, and he brings a petigree.

at this point in his career, he's going to do everythingpossible to win a title, and being the new guy in town is actually a bonus. he's no longer carrying the load. he's only out to prove the doubters wrong. that should traslate into a nice compementary back to greene and leon.

it's not like signing lt four years ago, but it's not like this is a bad signing or a bad decision by either side. i can see why both sides thought it was a good fit. this has nothing to do with thomas jones, for whom i heard for the entire year was on his way out once they drafted greene. we saw that coming from a year away, so why is anyone surprised?

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