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Tomlinson voices concern on Chargers' playoff aspirations

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/foot...tomlinson-comments_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The underachieving San Diego Chargers had a long, quiet plane ride home from Pittsburgh, the scene of their latest debacle.
    "Nobody said much. I don't even know how to take that," star running back LaDainian Tomlinson.

    Sunday's bizarre 11-10 loss to the Steelers left the two-time defending AFC West champion Chargers 4-6 and two games behind Denver with six games left.

    Tomlinson said he spent the flight thinking about the first 10 games "and where do we go from here and our chances. All those things were running through my mind and that was probably what was running though everybody else's minds. That's probably the reason it was so quiet on that flight."

    Remember, these guys were once considered Super Bowl favorites.

    Tomlinson said he can feel the season slipping away.

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    "I really do. We are two games back. We're not out of it but its like, the blown opportunities we keep on talking about, when we could have been easily tied with Denver right now. And whenever you keep blowing opportunities, then at some point, as they say, opportunities don't come about anymore. It's like when the opportunity comes, you open the door and take it. If you don't, it passes you by and goes to someone else."

    Although the Chargers are teetering on the brink of a monumental collapse, Tomlinson thinks there's still a chance.

    "I wouldn't go that far to say we are done because anything can happen with six games. It does look slim but we're not done yet."

    Tomlinson is having the worst season of his eight-year career.

    He was held to 57 yards on 18 carries by the Steelers, although he did score his first touchdown rushing in six games. Slowed earlier in the season by a toe injury, the two-time defending NFL rushing champion and 2006 NFL MVP has only 686 yards and a per-carry average of 3.8 yards. He's on pace to finish with 1,098 yards. His previous lowest total was 1,236 yards as a rookie in 2001, when he averaged 3.6 yards per carry.

    He's rushed for five TDs and caught one scoring pass. Two seasons ago, he set NFL records with 31 touchdowns overall, 28 on the ground.

    The Chargers have won only two playoff games in his career, and this year they might not even make it to January.

    "Each year is another season gone and I'll be the first to tell you that I am running out of time. I don't know how many more years I'm going to play, but at this point you just hope for the best. That is all I can really say about it. You just hope that things, if they don't turn out the way they should this year or if we don't make it into the playoffs, you question what's next and that's just where I am right now."

    The Chargers were outgained 410 yards to 213. Philip Rivers was intercepted twice and fumbled in the end zone, which resulted in a safety.

    Still, the Steelers were held without a touchdown.

    "The offense should have taken care of that game — it was on us," Tomlinson said.

    "We put together two good drives but didn't finish them," Rivers said. "Certainly when you look at the way that game went, we didn't have many opportunities but we had enough. If we had made the best of them and managed the opportunities we had instead of making those negative plays, certainly the defense put us in a position to win the game."

    The Chargers are hoping a three-game homestand will save them. Up first are Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night. The Chargers have won three straight against the Colts, including a 28-24 playoff win last season.

    "This will tell the story," Rivers said. "What will December mean? Obviously we played the Colts here last year, didn't play very well and won, and then played really well and won in the playoff game. They're kind of getting hot right now so they'll be tough. But I think we'll be ready to go."

    Manning threw a franchise-record six interceptions against the Chargers on Nov. 11, 2007. San Diego escaped with a 23-21 win only because Adam Vinatieri pushed a 29-yard field goal attempt wide right with 1:31 left.

    "We're two games back, but the team we're two games back from, we get to play them once," Rivers said. "You just hope you can gain enough ground where that game will mean everything."

    The Chargers host the Broncos in the regular-season finale on Dec. 28. Will they still have something to play for by then?
     
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    Goddamnit, stop talking about last year!!! It means jack ****!
     
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    *sigh*

    This sucks, and LT knows it.

    We slacked off in the begining and we got banged up the *** for it.

    100 bucks if that last play in the panthers game wouldn't of happened, we'd be a totally diff. team.

    Well there's always next year....:unsure:
     
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    I'm pretty damn sick and tired of hearing these jack-offs talking about the playoffs.

    HOW ABOUT ALL OF YOU *!@**!!!*** PLAYERS FIGURE OUT HOW TO WIN A DAMN REGULAR SEASON GAME!!!!



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  7. msmith

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    Someone needs to step out to inspire the team.

    Who could that be? Rivers? LT? AJ? or Spano?

    *I purposely leave off Norv*
     
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    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Are you channeling B4L now gramps? :icon_eek:
     
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    OR just maybe the media could stop asking them questions about the playoffs?

    I mean seriously... it's not like they are going out of their way to talk about it. They are answering questions at a press conference or in interviews - geez.
     
  10. Buck Melanoma

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    They're asking for a couple of reasons.

    We were picked by many to go all the way, so that's one.

    And we're in the AFC West. :unsure:
     
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  11. nickelbolt

    nickelbolt Fuggedaboutit

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    Yep.

    Add to that the fact that they want this team to implode. It makes for better headlines.

    But I'm amazed this hasn't happened. No finger pointing. No panic. Usually, when a coach has lost the team you get a completely messy locker room. I don't see it here.

    It's strange.
     
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    Oh I know why they're asking... I was trying to point out that it's not like the players are scrambling for mic's to talk about the playoffs :lol:
     
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    My conclusion so far is that the players have been put into a position to win several games that they lost because they didn't execute. Period. It happens on both sides of the ball. These guys need to sit down, all by themselves, and take a good look at one another and decide whether or not they are going to nut up and play four quarters of football. This last game Kaeding missed a 42 yarder, Rivers misfired on a wide open VJ in the end zone and tossed some other ducks around. The play calling put us in a position to win this game more than once, so I'm not ready to sack the coaches yet. When games are lost by as few points as most of ours have been, the players have to start looking at themselves for wasting prize opportunities. I said elsewhere that so far the prime problem with this team is in the trenches. These guys need to sit down and decide how to turn things up a notch. Do that, and catching Denver will happen.
     
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    Then stop running out of bounds when a juke could result in a TD.
     
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    http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d80c9b364&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true

    This is very troubling,

     
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    strange like when you wake up and think the chick you're with pissed the bed but really you did?
    or strange like when you wake up in the hospital hand cuffed to the gurney?
    or strange like when you wake up in someone else's house who you've never met, in his bed, with bbq sauce poured all over your belly and the dude is in the bed too?
    'cause that f'n $hit is strange.
     
  18. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    LeSean McCoy looking like a better pick every day?:icon_shrug:

    I told you guys this was coming, espescially if we started losing again.
     
  19. SD Native WY

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    Agree :tup:
     
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    Been there I question whether it was BBQ sauce....I freaked, yes but no dude in the bed. I went to bed with a chick :icon_huh:.
     
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    They are who we thought they were! And we let 'em off the hook! :icon_banana::icon_banana::icon_tease:
     
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    ^^corrected with names attached.

    (But you left out the topper... Strange like when you gotta take a dump on the way home from the bars. Instead of finding a toilet or maybe even a bush to hide behind... you instead drop your pants and grab hold of the parking meter and just let it drop right into the gutter? :icon_shrug::icon_rofl:) Yeah, I'm talking that kind of strange.
     
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    you forgot, ...drop it right in the gutter...and pass out right next to it!!
    for the record it wasn't me.
    ah college, i do miss those days.
     
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    Or, maybe LT would have show some emotion and gone off on his teammates, tell them to get their heads out of their azzes and play some damn football!!


    PLAYOFFS!!???

    PLAYOFFS!!???



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