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Doug Farrar

Doug Farrar

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The LT Show No More


I don't think it's so much that the Chargers are better off without Tomlinson; it's more that as L.T. gets older and has proven to be more injury-prone, Darren Sproles has joined with Philip Rivers to become the heart of the San Diego offense. It's not surprising that under Norv Turner, the Chargers have become more pass-oriented, and Sproles' ability to hide behind his line at the first level and then break out into the open field is very reminiscent of Maurice Jones-Drew.

Tomlinson's decline reminds me a bit of Shaun Alexander's. Through 2006 and 2007, the Seahawks' offensive line struggled to stay consistent, and injuries took most of Alexander's burst away. For whatever reason, San Diego's line has regressed over the last two years, and it's a little sad to watch L.T. cut and plant and try to get outside these days. Maybe it's the injury and he'll be better after the offseason, but for the rest of the postseason, I don't think there's any question that Sproles should be their feature back. And don't be surprised if the Chargers take a bigger back in the draft to pair with Sproles for the future.

What is happening to Tomlinson happens to all great players. It's the beginning of the end.

By Doug Farrar  |  January 5, 2009; 6:18 AM ET  | Category:  San Diego Chargers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I think it may be the beginning of the end for LT. However he probably has a couple of good years left in him. In the future they should keep LT as the feature back and give Sproles a chance to play a little more. This draft or the next would be a good time from them to draft the back of the future. As important as drafting the hier apparent at RB is keeping the OL strong as players age.

Posted by: verbal8 | January 5, 2009 11:33 AM

There is a reason for LT's decline. His name is Lorenzo Neal. When you lose your fullback you lose your guide to the open field. It takes some getting use to where as LD never became accustom to having Neal as a blocker.

Posted by: ged0386 | January 5, 2009 12:05 PM

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