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.