LT blames passing game, not gimpy leg, poor attitude or old man’s disease for drop off in production

Fri, Apr 2, 2010 at 10:31 am ET

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In a recent interview with NFL.com, LaDainian Tomlinson continued his recent walk down the bitter trail by indicating that his lack of production over the past few seasons was due to the Chargers focus on the passing game….not his torn groin, numerous nagging injuries, lack of production, general attitude or age …as the real culprit.

“The things that happened in San Diego, everything was taken away from me,” Tomlinson said. “There wasn’t an emphasis on running the football anymore, my best fullback was gone, the linemen were pass blocking, and it was a passing quarterback and a passing coach. So, the situation’s kind of misleading when you look on film.”

Frump it for some super stats

Its really sad to see such a great player continue to live in a fantasy world.  It has been obvious to almost anyone watching that LT has taken a lot of abuse over the years and like many great backs, it has manifested itself into a rapid and steady decline (Shaun Alexander, anyone?).  The stats show a failing ability to carry the load and plummeting per carry average.  Fans also remember that besides his showing in 2007 in a loss against the Patriots, LT simply has not gotten it done in $texas time (the playoffs, if you were wondering).

Maybe LT could take a hint from Barry Sanders.

Year Team G Att Yards TD Fum Avg
2001 San Diego Chargers 16 339 1,236 10 5 3.6
2002 San Diego Chargers 16 372 1,283 14 2 4.5
2003 San Diego Chargers 16 313 1,645 13 2 5.3
2004 San Diego Chargers 15 339 1,335 17 5 3.9
2005 San Diego Chargers 16 339 1,462 18 2 4.3
2006 San Diego Chargers 16 348 1,815 28 2 5.2
2007 San Diego Chargers 16 315 1,474 15 4.7
2008 San Diego Chargers 16 292 1,110 11 3.8
2009 San Diego Chargers 14 223 730 12 1 3.3
Totals 141 2,880 12,490 138 19 4.3
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