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L.T.'s story from JockBio

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by WonderSlug, Nov 29, 2006.

  1. WonderSlug

    WonderSlug Well-Known Member

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  2. KimPossible

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    Thank you Sluggo. LT had some serious hardships growing up...I didn't know that...yet he turned out so grounded. He had a really good mom (who went to all his games) and inner strength. Good read...I still have half to go.
     
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    Nice read. Hope they update it soon though. Lots of good history.
     
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    Yeah, it looks like it was written towards the end of the 2005 season as it doesn't cover anything from this year.
     
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    And it isn't over yet.....................:yes:
     
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    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=nfl&id=2680458

    Bills run defense faces tough test in stopping Tomlinson

    Associated Press
    National Football League News Wire

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- After spending hours poring over game
    tape to determine how opponents have attempted to stop LaDainian
    Tomlinson, Bills coach Dick Jauron arrived at a troubling
    conclusion.

    "We'll try the things that everybody else has tried," Jauron
    said Wednesday. "Everybody plays an eight-man front against this
    team. And if they could play a 12-man front, they'd do that, too."

    Of course, 12 players would be one more than the NFL allows.

    Jauron added: "I'm not certain if that would work."

    Not much has worked against Tomlinson this season -- he's the
    league's most dangerous offensive threat.

    With five games left, including San Diego's trip to Buffalo on
    Sunday, the running back has scored 24 touchdowns, four short of
    the single-season record set by Seattle's Shaun Alexander last
    year. L.T. ranks third with 1,146 yards rushing and first with
    1,602 yards from scrimmage.

    It adds up to a daunting task for a defense that's ranked 29th
    in the league, allowing 135 yards rushing per game.

    "We need to tackle, geez, we need to read our keys," defensive
    coordinator Perry Fewell said.

    The good news is the Bills have won three of their last four
    despite giving up 690 yards rushing, including a season-worst 207
    in a 27-24 win over Jacksonville last weekend.

    Yet, it's not a formula for success if the Bills (5-6) intend to
    compete with the Chargers (9-2), who rely on Tomlinson to generate
    most of their offense.

    The running back accounts for more than half of the Chargers' 43
    touchdowns, and his 24 scores -- not including his two passing -- are
    more than what 17 teams have produced, including Buffalo's 20.

    What's more eye-popping is he's getting better as the year
    progresses, having scored 16 touchdowns while averaging 135 yards
    rushing over his past five games.

    At this rate, and facing a porous defense, it's not far-fetched
    to consider Tomlinson reaching Alexander's record this weekend.

    Middle linebacker London Fletcher will likely be responsible for
    shadowing Tomlinson. It'll be a challenge, too, for rookie strong
    safety Donte Whitner, who's been inconsistent against the run.

    It doesn't help that Tomlinson is a triple-threat, the Chargers
    also using him as a receiver and passer. He's tied for second among
    non-quarterbacks with six career touchdown passes.

    "He's the Michael Jordan of our sport right now," Fewell said.
    "He runs, he throws, he catches, he blocks. He's a big part of
    their offense and a hard man to defend."

    Few would know that better than Bills defensive end Aaron
    Schobel, who spent four years as Tomlinson's teammate at TCU.

    What impresses Schobel is how much more of an all-around player
    Tomlinson has become since the Chargers selected him in the first
    round of the 2001 draft.

    "In college, he had a lot of long runs and he showed a lot of
    speed and quickness. But you never really saw him run in between
    the tackles," Schobel said. "He almost surprises you with how
    well he plays and how he's gotten better every year."

    With a big grin, Schobel said he's not impressed by Tomlinson's
    arm, and anyone could throw touchdown passes like the 19-yarder to
    Antonio Gates in the 21-14 win against Oakland last weekend.

    "He can't throw the ball," Schobel said, clearly joking.
    "Come on, the guy was wide open."

    Tomlinson laughed when informed of Schobel's comments.

    "Oh man, ever since college I can never do anything right by
    Aaron," Tomlinson said. "If I have 300 yards rushing, he'll come
    up to me and tell me about something I did wrong that day."

    Schobel is serious, though, when discussing the test the Bills
    face against Tomlinson.

    "He's going to get his yards," Schobel said. "But the thing
    you've got to do is not let him take over the game. You've got to
    contain him. He's as good as there is."
     

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