The San Diego Chargers Aren't Learning Their Lesson

Cody DaltonContributor IFebruary 23, 2010

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 17:  Running back LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the San Diego Chargers runs with the ball against the New York Jets during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Qualcomm Stadium on January 17, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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That should be the new San Diego Chargers creed after their recent actions of releasing veteran running back and former MVP LaDainian Tomlinson. The Chargers may soon be singing a familiar tune when it comes to releasing a player because of physical issues.

At the end of the 2005 season, the Chargers would let go a quarterback they believed to have a bum shoulder and was just going to end up a bust if they signed him. Who was that quarterback, you might ask? None other than Super Bowl Champion and MVP Drew Brees.

Since he left San Diego, Brees has had no less than 4,388 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also had an unbelievable 2008, in which he passed for a near record breaking 5,069 yards and 34 touchdowns.

Of course, he capped his career off this season with a unexpected Super Bowl appearance against the Colts. He made the most of it by overcoming the odds to win the game.

I would not be surprised if Tomlinson ends up with a quality team that in the next few years wins the Super Bowl. He will probably end up on a team that will have him as a No. 2 option, but still a quality back. It worked wonders for Edgerrin James and he got to a Super Bowl.

Maybe there is a curse with that team or something.

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The Chargers always seem to get close, but never achieve the greatness that they are capable of. They have the pieces—a strong offense led by Phillip Rivers, Darren Sproles, Antonio Gates, Vincent Jackson on offense, and a nice corps defense with Shawne Merriman, Antonio Cromartie, and many more (although I doubt Norv Turner's coaching).

Maybe there is something wrong with the West Coast. Think about it: The Chargers, Raiders, and 49ers all have failed to have success in recent years. If I were any of the guys on the Chargers' roster, I might be looking for employment in other towns…

Perhaps Brees and Tomlinson reunite as well. Sure, the Saints have running backs, but I'm sure those two would love to prove the Chargers wrong together—and it doesn't hurt to win a Super Bowl as well.