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LT says he's lost

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    LT says he's lost, maybe Chargers aren't as good as they thought<!-- END STORY TITLE -->
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    By Colin Fly
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    4:08 p.m. September 23, 2007

    <!-- BODYTEXT -->GREEN BAY, Wis. – LaDainian Tomlinson said his confidence remains strong. He sure didn't look or sound convinced.
    “There's a lot of people that's going to try to divide this team, and there's going to be talk about we're not as good as a lot of people think we are,” said Tomlinson, mumbling, swallowing hard and staring straight ahead. “That may be the case, but we've got 13 more games to go and so we better find out what's going on real fast.” Tomlinson acknowledged he's lost and mystified by San Diego's 1-2 start after losing to the Green Bay Packers 31-24 on Sunday. “I think confidence is the last thing to go. (I'm) just a little frustrated, kind of baffled at just the team right now,” Tomlinson said. After being the class of the AFC, the Chargers have lost as many regular season games as they did all of last year. “This isn't where we expected to be,” linebacker Shawne Merriman said. “We expected to be 3-0 right now. It didn't happen, so we keep playing.” Tomlinson, last year's MVP with 1,815 yards rushing and a record 31 touchdowns, again found little room to run with 62 yards on 22 carries. He reached the end zone once on a 21-yard TD pass from Philip Rivers, but also got into an animated conversation with him on the sidelines in the third quarter that they both downplayed as “competitive talk.” “It appears to be like we're arguing, but it wasn't really arguing, it was competitive talk,” Tomlinson said. “It's just things you get into sometimes with guys trying to get on the same page.” Tomlinson was open on a swing route on third-and-5 with 4:26 left in the quarter, but Rivers tried to force a ball that fell incomplete to Antonio Gates, who finished with 11 catches for 113 yards. The show of frustration was fitting. San Diego seemingly hasn't been in sync this season, even though coach Norv Turner insists the Chargers will work hard in practice again this week and be OK when they play the Chiefs next Sunday. “Disheartening? I don't know that I use that word,” Turner said. “We have to make sure we don't get frustrated and we don't get in the mind-set that keeps us from taking that next step and moving forward and being a team that gets on a roll, because we certainly can.” Tomlinson has now run for 130 yards on 57 carries this season. He said he can't recognize whether the issue is him or his blockers. “I don't know if there's a problem yet,” Tomlinson said. “I can't put my finger on one particular thing, but obviously, there are some things that's going on that I don't even know. It's just not happening right now.” San Diego did move the ball effectively for three quarters with two touchdown drives of 80 yards and another for 60 yards that gave the Chargers a 21-17 lead heading into the fourth.
    Rivers, who finished 27-of-36 for 306 yards and three touchdowns, was particularly sharp. He opened the game by tying a franchise record of 15 straight completions set by Dan Fouts in 1981. But things came unraveled in the fourth quarter. San Diego gained 82 yards, Rivers went 6-of-11 but was sacked once and intercepted once, Gates made just one catch and Tomlinson had four carries. Still, the Chargers had the ball – and the lead – on third-and-3 with 2:31 to play. Instead of handing off to Tomlinson, Rivers overthrew Vincent Jackson and the Chargers had to punt. “You've got be able to finish in the crucial situations and we didn't do that,” Rivers said. “The interception is what it is, it's the obvious one, but the third-down conversion that we didn't hit ... You convert that and they may not get it back, and if they do, they have one timeout and a long way to go.” Instead, it took Green Bay two plays to take the lead after Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie got beat by Greg Jennings, who slipped past safety Clinton Hart and easily outran San Diego's pursuit for a 57-yard touchdown that made it 24-21 with 2:03 left. Rivers then threw his only interception to seal the loss. “I felt like we were in an offensive rhythm all day,” Rivers said. “It's a shame that we lost.”

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  2. Showmeyourbolt

    Showmeyourbolt Well-Known Member

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    LT and the team will find their way this week. They walk the narrow path, the harder path, but in the end it will prove victorious. They will not cower, they will not flee. They will perservere over adversity, take hold of their destiny. These weeks of trial will only help to make them stronger.

    In the words of Jim Fassel:

    Chargers Heart.
     
  3. WonderSlug

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    Chargers will beat the crap out of their division rivals, win their next 3 games, go 3-0 division, 4-2 overall, and enter the BYE week on a high note.
     
  4. Boltjolt

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  5. nickelbolt

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    Maybe LT should take his head out of his hands, quit feeling sorry for himself, and become the leader this team needs him to be. Now is when he needs to be vocal... in the locker room, on the sideliines, behind the scenes. Norv was brought in because the perception was that this team had enough player leadership to pick up the slack left by a coach who was a strong leader.

    LT needs to look up and realize that this is HIS TEAM. They want him to lead them. But it might take some verbal challenges on his part... issue them to the defense, the O-line, the receivers, the coaches.

    Wake the f))ck up LT!!!! Look around and you won't be lost!! And for god's sake... stop coming off like a little biitch in the press!!!
     
  6. foober

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    Ladanian is just exasperated. Hard to give another team a win when you have it in your pocket.

    On the side of things. The greenbay fans are as happy as clams. I woudln't be surprised that some greenbay folks have sex with cows this evening. Coverage at 10:00.
     
  7. WonderSlug

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    I wonder if we'll ever find out what really happened between LT and Rivers on the sideline during the game in that one moment.

    That could also explain why, when Rivers was throwing well, they decided to run with LT some more over the course of several possessions. Maybe he was unhappy with the lack of carries and they gave him more to see if he was still being bottled up in the run game.
     
  8. Showmeyourbolt

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    Rivers threw an incompletion and LT was wide open on the other side of the field.
     
  9. WonderSlug

    WonderSlug Well-Known Member

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    Ah.
     
  10. Johnny Lightning

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  11. 400HZ

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    Indy looked pretty crappy for a while last year too.

    I don't think anybody else in the AFCW is good this year either, so I'm not really worried about making this playoffs, just what's going to happen when we play NE, Indy, Pitt, etc. Hopefully Rivera is running the D by then.
     
  12. BOLTS4LIFE

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    You are all witnessing "Classic Norv!!!!"

    His specialty is running teams into the ground!!!:icon_evil:
     
  13. Shamrock

    Shamrock Well-Known Member

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    That's a horrible thing to say. Poor cows.
     
  14. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    Great post.
     
  15. boltsnow

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    AJ has to take a hit on this one also. He was looking for weak people that he can control. Well, he got'em.

    My boy will right the ship. The players it seems at this point will need to rally themselves.
     
  16. LittleTrain

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    This is why you need a coaching staff. Even great players need direction and leadership. It's lacking on this team.

    I will say though that loss was a better performance than our win over the Bears IMHO and of course the turd we laid in NE. At least we were competitive against a balanced team. How sad is that?

    Maybe we can pick up steam as the season rolls and sneak into the playoffs. Right now we're seeing the whole "continuity" line AJ sold was a bunch of BS.
     
  17. 17Rocks

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    My biggest worry is the ticking timebomb...:icon_sad:

    There is no finger pointing yet, but a couple of more losses like that and they will start pointing...
     
  18. Katrina

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    Lost only describes what happened at the end of the game. They just need to get it together and get ready for next week. Onward and Upward! Thank goodness the game is in OUR house this weekend.
     
  19. RayDahayder

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    you can take that to mean he's at a loss for words to explain what's happening.
     

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