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What Would Or Should LDT Do ?


 

Well  it   would  appear  that   San  Diego  Chargers  owner  Dean  Spanos  and   General  Manager  A J Smith  have  come  to  the conclusion   that  the  team’s Pro Bowl  running  back  LaDainian  Tomlinson is  no  longer  a prerequisite   to  the  team’s  needs.  Bearing  that  in  mind  the player’s  presence  in the postseason  was  negligible  at   best.  It  is   believed  to  be  the only  alternative   that  the  team  has  but   to   release   or   trade   him.

 

 

LaDainian  Tomlinson  on the  sidelines  during  the  team's  postseason  game  against the  Pittsburgh  Steelers  .........
LaDainian Tomlinson on the sidelines looking on in the postseason NFL game played between the San Diego Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers...............

 

 

LaDainian  Tomlinson   on  the  sidelines  looking   on  in  the  game  between  the  San  Diego   Chargers  and  Pittsburgh  Steelers.   picture  appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/  Tom  McCaffrey …………….

 

 

 

 

If  anything  it’d  be   in  their   best   interest  to   trade  or   release  the  player  if  that  is  their  conviction  at  this  juncture.    And  in  all   probability  they  would  still  be  able  to  garner  a  first  or  second  draft   pick   for the  player   if  not   more.   He’s  still  productive   albeit  that   he  may not  viewed  as  explosive   at  this   point  in   his   career.  Upon  his  introduction  and   entrance  to   the  NFL  the player   himself   has  been   one  of  the  most  productive  ,  if    not the best   running  back  to  have   graced  the   league  over  the  past decade.    LaDainian   has  let  it be  known   that   he’ll  abide   by  whatever   decision  is  made     by    management.  Tomlinson   has  also   stated   that   he  would  let  the   fans   know  of  the progress  being  made   via   his   personal   website.    So  with  baited   breath    the  football  world  awaits  the   outcome.

 

 

 

Dean  Spanos  (left)   seen here  with Arizona Cardinals' President  Michael  Bidwill  at  the  Cardinals'  training  facility ..............
Dean Spanos (left) seen here with Arizona Cardinals' President Michael Bidwill at the Cardinals' training facility ............

 

 

Dean  Spanos (left)  the   owner  of  the  San Diego  Chargers  seen  here with   Arizona  Cardinals  President   Michael   Bidwill  at the  Cardinals’  training   facility.  picture  appears   courtesy  of   getty  images/  Tom  Bowyer ……………….. 

 

 

 

 

There’ll   no  doubt   be  a  number  of  teams  out there  vying  for  the  player’s   services  who  are in   need  of   someone  of   his   renowned  status.  But  the   caveat  here  is  that  he’s   no  longer  the  player  who   was once  considered  to be   the  most   explosive  and  prodigious   running  back  in  the league.  Injuries  as  of  late  have  hindered    his   productivity.  And   also   his  leadership   qualities   have  come  into  question.    There’ve  been  no  conflicts  between he  and  the  coach  Norv  Turner,  or   with   management   or   in  fact   his  teammates  at  large.  But  it may  well  be  that  Smith  and  Spanos  feel  that  it  is  now  time   in  another   direction  and  that they   don’t   need   Tomlinson  at  the   helm   to lead  the   team’s   ground   attack.

 

 

Cahrgers'  running   back  Darren  Sproles  tries  to evade the  tackle  of  the  Steelers'  linebacker  Patrick  Bailey  during  their  postseason  meeting.  ...................
Chargers' running back Darren Sproles tries to evade the tackle of Steelers' linebacker Patrick Bailey during their team's postseason meeting. ................

 

 

Chargers’ running  back  Darren  Sproles tries  to  evade  the  tackle  of   Steelers’  linebacker  Patrick Bailey  during  their  team’s postseason  meeting.   picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/ Tom  McCaffrey  ………………….

 

 

 

 

If  anything   they  may  well   feel   that   the  productivity   and  resourcefulness  shown  by Darren  Sproles  in  the  playoffs  . And   his   play   in  the  last game  of  the regular  season  against  the  Denver  Broncos  was    enough  of  an  indication   that  may   well   have   a  ready made     replacement .   As  to   the  Chargers’   fans this   may  not  be  something   that   they  want  to   hear   from  the  ownership  at this   juncture.    However  with  the  loss  of  defensive   stalwart   Shawne  Merriman    due   to   injury   early   in  the  season  things  went   downhill  for the  team.  They  were  able  to   regroup   and   were  it   not  for   the  sheer   incompetency   shown  and  the  meltdown   by  the  Denver  Broncos.  We  may   not  have  been  talking    of  the  San   Diego   Chargers   as the  winners  of the  AFC  West , much  less   them   making   the  playoffs.  But   such  was  the  ineptitude  shown   and  lack  of   quality  within  the  division   that    in  many  respects  one  can  view  that  they  won  it   by  default.   The  Oakland  Raiders  were   laughable  ,  the  Kansas  City Chiefs    struggled   to  show  some consistency .  And   as  alluded to   earlier    the  Denver  Broncos   in  the  end   cost   Mike  Shanahan   his   job  with  their   season   ending   meltdown.

 

 

 

Norv  Turner  looks  at the  playbook during  the  divisional  round  playoff  game  against   Pittsburgh  ................
Norv Turner looks down at the playbook during the divisional round playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers ......................

 

Norv  Turner   looks   down  at  the  playbook  during the  divisional round playoff  game against  Pittsburgh.   picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/ Tom McCaffrey ………………..

 

 

 

 

 

As   to  what  awaits  Tomlinson  is   now most   definitely   open  to conjecture  and   a  great  deal  of  debate.  But  if the  rumblings and   rumors  are  said   to  be   true   then  it  is quite  believable    that the  player  will  be  leaving  the  franchise   as  some  time   in  the  near   future.   His    destination   could  be  anywhere   in  the  league  and  there’ll  be  no  doubt    a  great  of    interest   shown   by  a  number   of  teams  around  the  NFL.     As   to  the  player’s   own  choices    that   is  something   that  we   know   nothing  of.    But   in  all   likelihood  he  may  well   prefer   to   remain   on   out   on  the  West  Coast.    But   I  for   one   believe  that  if  the  right  offer   came  along    he may   well   look   to   the   east   as  to   where   his   fortunes   may  lie.    So  let   the  chips   fall   where   they   may   and  let’s  see   what’ll    transpire   for    not   only   Tomlinson    but  also   for  the  San  Diego   Chargers   themselves.  If   nothing  else   this    off  season    could  well  be  a  very   interesting   one  leading   up    to   the   NFL  draft.

 

 

 

 

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A Simple Twist Of Fate ………………


The game  last night between the San Diego Chargers  and Indianapolis Colts  was a game was played with such abandonment and passion . That it was hard to view and not wonder why there had to be a winner and a loser. In defeating the Colts  the Chargers’ season just  got unfashionably intriguing to say the very least.   

 

Darren Sproles  scores the winning touchdown against the Colts with  a 22yd run in the wildcard round of the playoffs ...............
Darren Sproles of the Chargers scores the winning touchdown against the Colts after a 22yd td run depriving the Colts of a playoff berth in the divisional rounds...........

Chargers’ running back Darren Sproles scores  the  winning touchdown after a 22yd run into the endzone depriving the Colts of  a berth in the divisional round of the playoffs. picture  appears courtesy of  getty images/ Harry How  ……………….. 

 

 

The unlikely hero in all  of  this  wasn’t  their Pro Bowl running  back LaDainian Tomlinson but  the soon to be unrestricted free agent Darren Sproles.  The player more than held  his own against the  Colts  and if anything  created  a reason why  he  may well be  one  of  the  most sought after  free agents  once the postseason reaches  its climax. Sproles would go on to garner over 328 all purpose yards  in the  game  against  Indianapolis. 

 

 

Sproles  gains some yardage  against  the  Colts.  The player would end up with some 328 all purpose yards in the  game  at  Qaulcomm Stadium , San Diego, Ca
Sproles gains some yardage in the game against the Colts. The player would gain in excess of 328 all purpose yards........................

Sproles gains some yardage against  the Colts . The  player would gain in excess  of some 328 all purpose yards during  the  game played at Qualcomm  Stadium in San Diego, Ca,. picture appears  courtesy of getty images/ Harry  How  ………………………..

 

 

 

 

Three time league MVP Peyton Manning  was his  usual  customary  efficient self  but  it was all to  no  avail against a  Chargers’  team  that  played  with such  voracity  and  passion. The  fans in Indianapolis had to be disheartened  seeing their team succumb to their  AFC rivals.  Phillip Rivers  for his part was  his counterpart’s  equal and led  his team with  resolve.

 

 

Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning gives his postgame interview after the team's loss 23-17 to the San Diego Chargers ...................
Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning gives his postgame interview to the convened press waiting in attendance ...................

Colts’ quarterback Peyton Manning gives his postgame interview  to the convened press after his teama’s loss 23-17 loss  in overtime to the  San Diego Chargers . picture appears  courtesy of getty images/ Stephen  Dunn …………………..

 

 

For coach Norv Turner  this  was a game  that may well  add some legitimacy to his  resume’  as  a coach.  Being in the shadows of more recognized  stalwarts  such as  Jimmy Johnson ,  Dave  Wannstedt and  others who  were  a part of  the  Dallas Cowboys’ success in the  nineties. That was  when the boys in  Big  D were  running rampant  across the  league  on their way  to two successive  Superbowls  under Johnson’s  guidance.  Wherein the  likes  of  Aikman, Irvin and Smith were  laying the  foundations  to their  Hall of Fame  careers. 

 

 

Phillip Rivers  of the Chargers  signals  a play  prior to the  snap against the  Colts ................
Phillip Rivers of the Chargers signals a call prior to the snap ............

Phillip Rivers of the Chargers signals a play call prior to the  snap against  the  Indianapolis Colts . picture appears  courtesy of  ap/getty images / Stephen Dunn …………

 

 

 

While one can’t  understate the  success  that  the  Chargers  saw this  season as  winners  of  a rather mediocre AFC  West division.   Having  waylaid the ambitions of  a Denver  Broncos’ team that was totally  outplayed in their  final regular season  game. The  San Diego Chargers  found their  way into the playoffs as  wildcard entrant.  The fact  that their  renewed rivalry would culminate  in  a heart pounding  defeat of the  Colts .  If there  was a team  viewed as  a dark horse within the  conference  it had to be  the  Indianapolis Colts.  Their nine game regular season ending win  streak  bore  this  out.  Having  ended  with  a record of 12-4 and  runners  up in the  AFC South to the Tennessee Titans.  The team were  playing  perhaps the best  of any of  the  AFC  teams with postseason aspirations.

 

 

 

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