LT still has it! But Norv Tuner lost it a long time ago. So all I have to say is “Bring Back Martyball!”
Last week, before the first game of season kicked off in Pittsburgh, I read a feature in the Los Angeles Times Sports page about LaDainian Tomlinson. The bottom line of the article was simply this… LT was desperate for the season to begin so he could prove his critics wrong.
Okay, I get that. After his lackluster performance last year, I would expect nothing less. And in the article he spoke about how his increased knowledge of the game was going to compensate for his age and diminishing physical talents. He was so passionate and eloquent I actually started feeling good about having him on my fantasy keeper league.
Visions of the old LT were creeping into my head. I started to believe I might once again win my league behind a 1,700 yard, 20 plus touch down season from the San Diego Super Chargers Star Running Back!
Then I watched Monday Night Football and realized two things…
One, that Norv Turner is the coach in San Diego, not Marty Schottenheimmer. Long gone are the glory days when LT would carry the ball 25 to 30 times a game, allowing him to wear defenses down in the fourth quarter.
And two, the Star Running Back of the San Diego Super Chargers is named Darren Sproles… and I don’t have him on my roster.
In that LA Times article, Tomlinson compared himself to Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, saying that he was not yet a complete back like himself… that Tomlinson could run, block and catch, and most importantly, didn’t have to come out on passing downs.
Hmmm. Well, for those who might have missed it, LT was no where to be found during third down situations Monday Night. But Sproles was.
So… if it wasn’t completely clear before… it definitely is now. Early last season the Chargers became Phillip Rivers’ team, and early this year, Sproles became their running back.