There Is No LT in Chargers: Bolts Better Off without LaDainian Tomlinson

Dave HoganContributor IIApril 3, 2010

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17:  Running back LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the San Diego Chargers stands on the field during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New York Jets at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Enough is enough.

“The things that happened in San Diego , everything was taken away from me,” Tomlinson said. “There wasn’t an emphasis on running the football anymore, my best fullback was gone, the linemen were pass blocking and it was a passing quarterback and a passing coach. So, the situation’s kind of misleading when you look on film.”

This is how he paid his respects to the city and team that launched his career. This after A.J. Smith signed (largely at the fan's behest), him to another year in 2009 after a not so great '08. Tomlinson quietly had a respectable scoring  season (12 TDs) this year but had his worst career rushing average at 3.3 yards per carry.

So Phillip Rivers is not supposed to pass the ball? Norv was supposed to consult LT or give him the earpiece in the huddle? The only beef I had with LT's use this year was not using him on the option in the Red Zone but this too would have involved passing .  Alas, LT is a veritable Woody Hayes now.  

Geez, LT, wake up and smell the decade! Is San Diego the only pass-happy team in the NFL?  No wonder he passed up the Vikes and Favre, going straight to an East Coast offense with a QB who throws the ball less often than Philadelphia Eagles fans cheer their players.

Last I checked, last year's Super Bowl contestants had the top two MVP candidates (QB's Manning and Brees).  Last I checked, it has been some time since a running back of any consequence was the MVP of a Super Bowl.

Again, wake up! That goes for San Diego fans, too. Our team is now better off. Anybody not on board with Norv and Phil can choose any amount of running teams (Oakland) to root for! 

Ron Artest is a better role model. At least he gets it. It's your role on the team if you want a ring, not your whiny ideals. Again, it's not the running game that is going to get you to the promised land. Ron Ron know's it not his scoring or touches that are going to get him a ring. It's his role as a tough veteran.

Veteran leadership was never part of LT's role here. He whined about "faith, family, and football". Then he went to the New York Jets. From the signing of CroChampagne Bottle Chucker/dead beat dad to the "Bird" fingering Fat Man, that franchise does not exactly exude the highest of standards.

Tomlinson's incessant whining about the lack of running game is as despicable as LT in Darth Vader mode in a cold New England Stadium. Was it the ghost of LoNeal tripping up LT the past few years? Every so often there was an "ooh-ooh" moment. Tomlinson would break free of the backfield into the open field. 

Invariably it was the turf monster, or a shoe string that got him. In any event, it is not the O-line's fault that Father Time caught up to him. Even in a 31-10 victory he was not happy that he did not get his touches.

The nostalgia LT feels for the game is just that a thing of the past. The nostalgia San Diego fans have for him has grown stale.

I, for one, am exited about an RB who can be happy with his role, bring some excitement back to that department, and hold himself accountable if his running average is less than stellar.