San Diego Chargers: Mike Tolbert Makes Insanely Poor Decision

Ian PhilipAnalyst IIISeptember 18, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 27:  Fullback Mike Tolbert #35 of the San Diego Chargers warms up before the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 27, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Chargers defeated the Cardinals 34-31.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Okay. A few weeks ago I wrote an article about how Mike Tolbert needed to know his role on this team and start playing smash mouth football. Take what you can get and stop trying to make plays.

Back then I wrote:

I have also noticed at least a couple of times where Tolbert tried to break a run to the outside and got swarmed by the opposing defense when he could have run it up in the middle and gained two or three yards rather than lose that many or more.

Well, I couldn't have possibly have fathomed the horrific decision Tolbert would make at a key time in the game against the biggest rival the San Diego Chargers have.

Down by six points in the fourth quarter with the offense hitting on all cylinders, Tolbert and all two hundred and a very flabby forty three pounds had a great running lane to pick up a couple of yards minimum. The big man actually turned around and ran backwards only to trip  and have to football knocked out of his hands.

A few plays later New England was up by 14 points.

This man has made some insanely poor decisions in key situations for the Chargers, but damn man. You turn around and run backwards?

Marcus Allen in his prime could get away with this.

Tolbert? No.