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CHARGER YEAR END REPORT CARDS: Running Backs

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by wrbanwal, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    LaDainian Tomlinson--

    The 2007 season had to have been the most frustrating of LT's career. Most teams overplayed LaDainian, smothering him and forcing Philip Rivers to instead throw the ball. Consequently, when LT got the ball, he was time and again met by multiple defenders in the backfield, and did some of his best work over the course of the season just getting back to the line of scrimmage.

    While Tomlinson managed to maintain his typical reserved but pleasant public persona, the frustration from being so limited-- at times reduced to being a non-factor-- showed through. Yet somehow, despite being so relentlessly keyed upon, LT led the league in rushing yards, and in rushing TDs.

    Under the circumstances, that was one HELL of a season from LaDainian. Just... not a fun one.

    As Philip Rivers improved, LT got a bit more room in which to work, and had 177, 146, 116 and 107 yards rushing (along with SIX touchdowns) in a four game stretch near the tail end of the season. But he sprained an MCL in the divisional playoff game against the Colts, and tried, but couldn't go in the AFC title game the following week.

    How monumentally frustrating must THAT have been for Tomlinson, rendered unable to help his team in a close game that a trip to the Super Bowl was riding on? (And then to have his character openly questioned by fans and media who contended LT "quit" on his team....)

    GRADE: A

    Considering the conditions LT faced, his performance in the 2007 season was one of the more impressive of his seven year career. It was almost certainly LaDainian's most trying season, one that tested his patience and resolve, and in the end dealt him a cruel blow in the form of an injury at the worst possible juncture of the season.


    Click the link for the rest of the article.

    http://cfx.signonsandiego.com/sports/chargers/cfx/2008/02/year_end_report_cards_running.html
     
  2. Retired Catholic

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    He underrates Sproles with a B-, but he's right about Sproles' upside.
     
  3. Buck Melanoma

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    Yeah, Gramps - you dissin' my boi again?? :lol:
     
  4. BFISA

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    Did the article make any "puss out" references??

    If not, the article cannot be believed.
     
  5. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    :lol::lol::lol:


    I missed that part of the article, the print was to small!!!


    :icon_rofl::icon_rofl::icon_rofl:
     

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