The Faux Pas Fall Of LT, As Chargers Seem Drained Again in Week 4.

David CoppContributor IOctober 5, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 22:  Runningback LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the San Diego Chargers watches from the bench during the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on August 22, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Chargers defeated the Cardinals 17-6.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Michael Fabiano of NFL.com recently wrote an article in which he talks about "the fall of LaDainian Tomlinson", as he seem's to falter this season. Now, I am from the great state of Wisconsin - GO PACK!, and a closet Texans fan as well. I've always thought of LT as an elite runner, but within the last couple years I feel he has turned into more of your above average, productive runners. As an outsider looking in, I feel LaDainian Tomlinson CAN still be an above average runner for the San Diego Chargers, but for now keep this in mind....

-The terrible Raiders rush D stuffed the always reliable LT, but hold on - The same terrible rush D has allowed only one 100 yard runner this season (108 - Buckhalter) and the D was beat up that week: Seymour, Morrison, and Asomugha were all listed on the teams Injury Report.

-In 3 out of the 4 games the Raiders haven't allowed a runner to surpass the 80 yard mark (78 yds, 3.2yds/carry; 65yds, 3.1yds/carry; 55yds, 4.2yds/carry).

-The Steelers, I'll let the stats speak for themselves: Chris Johnson 57yds, Benson 76yds, Forte 29yds.

-The Chargers were down big, early against the Steelers - Pass when behind.

-Against the Raiders, the lightning in a bottle, Darren Sproles didn't make any noise either running for only 23yds.

-The Chargers show the lack of confidence in the running game only running the ball 30 times in the two games LT has been in (Sproles: 9 carries, LT:13 carries vs. Raiders; Sproles: 0 carries, LT: 7 carries vs. Steelers) .

-LT is ranked 38th among Running Backs in Rush Attempts/Game.

In the NFL it is common knowledge that generally a Running Back has to get in a groove to be affective in the game. Which makes it hard to believe any Running Back can develop any kind of flow with 7 carries in one game and 13 in another. So, while LT isn't the elite Back he once was, I don't think it's time to start talking about "the fall" of LT.