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Tomlinson, Neal & Williams make SI all decade team

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by ChargerRay, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. ChargerRay

    ChargerRay #FireMcCoy #FirePagano Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/magazine/specials/2000s/12/05/nfl.decade.team/index.html

    LaDainian Tomlinson
    Not even a contest. In every year from his rookie season in 2001 through 2008, Tomlinson had at least 1,500 rushing/receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. Imagine when your average game is 119 yards from scrimmage and 1.1 touchdowns. He's not what he was five years ago, but what running back 30 or older is?

    Lorenzo Neal
    At 255 pounds with no appreciable offensive skill, Neal was in the backfield for one reason -- to clear paths for top running backs. And with Eddie George (Tennessee), Corey Dillon (Cincinnati) and Tomlinson (San Diego), Neal became the best at his craft for the first nine years of the decade. Every season from 2000 through 2007, Neal blocked for a back who gained at least 1,300 yards.

    Jamal Williams
    He missed 22 games with injuries in the first nine years of the decade, and at 33, he's probably close to being finished now. But for a battering-ram position like the nose, where you're getting cut and chipped and blocked by multiple players on every down, playing 15 games or more six times in the decade is no small feat. Williams has made a living out of doing what nose tackles have to do -- hold the point, occupy two blockers at least half the time and open the defensive floodgates for linebackers to make plays.
     
  2. IFiredCHart

    IFiredCHart Well-Known Member

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    The inclusion of Williams is something that really leads me to believe that SI has a greater degree of credibility than ESPN. A west-coast stud who has nothing really to show on the stat sheet despite his complete dominance of offensive lines for years.

    Seriously, I bring up Jamal Williams here on the east coast, and people respond, "you mean Jamal Lewis? Isn't he a running back?" :tdown:
     

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