There has to be a reason LaDainian Tomlinson is holding back in his comments.
Normally an outspoken player, there is something on his mind recently that he’s keeping to himself.
That being said, here’s what Tomlinson is most likely thinking:
Why did the Chargers unceremoniously dump his good friend, Drew Brees, after the 2005 season?
Why was Marty Schottenheimer let go after a 14-2 season as head coach?
Why was General Manager A.J. Smith so eager to get rid of linebacker Donnie Edwards, the backbone of the team’s defense?
With LT so far this season, numbers are speaking even louder than his few words.
Consider that last season, he had 2,323 yards in total offense and an NFL-record 31 touchdowns. After three games this season, it’s 229 total yards and three touchdowns.
Projected over a full season, his current numbers would equal 1,221 total yards and 11 TDs this season.
That’s half as many yards and one-third as many total TDs.
No wonder he’s frustrated.
For those who criticized Schottenheimer’s staff for supposed poor usage of Tomlinson in an MVP season, what do you think of the way Norv Turner is utilizing him?
Going back to what LT must be thinking, the following conclusions can be drawn:
It’s debatable whether the Chargers would be better off with Philip Rivers or Brees, who is having a horrible season in New Orleans.
There’s no debate the Chargers are suffering due to the losses of Edwards and Schottenheimer.
If the current trend continues, who takes the fall at the end of the season for not going deep into the playoffs?