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Tomlinson the Eagle?

With his age and skill set both factoring into his dwindling shelf life, L.T. could be best served to replace the banged up Brian Westbrook in Philly.

By Dan Parker | February 23, 2010; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (2)

A question of where, not if

LaDainian Tomlinson should land somewhere in 2010, the only question is where.

By Shawn Zobel | February 23, 2010; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Once a bolt, always a bolt

Like Padre great Tony Gwynn, LaDainian Tomlinson should have ended his career with the Chargers. Now he must make sacrifices if he wishes to join a Super Bowl contender.

By John Gennaro | February 23, 2010; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Time to hang 'em up?

The statistics show LaDainian Tomlinson's best days are behind him.

By Doug Farrar | February 23, 2010; 12:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

It's in LT's hands

This could be LaDainian Tomlinson's best shot at a Super Bowl, but first he must accept a reduced role.

By Matt Loede | February 23, 2010; 12:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pats a good fit

The New England Patriots know how to incorporate past-their-prime players, and if L.T. is willing to be a role player, they could be the perfect place for him to end his illustrious career.

By Sean McCann | February 23, 2010; 12:02 AM ET | Comments (2)

Hurting at 30

Like so many running backs before him, LaDainian Tomlinson has succumbed to the punishment of accumulated hits over time.

By Dave Goldberg | February 23, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Is LT done?

Does LaDainian Tomlinson have enough left in the tank to help a team?

By Reader Poll | February 23, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wildcat's No Gimmick

The Wildcat is here to stay, folks -- to claim it's a "gimmick" only makes you look naïve and ignorant.

By Matt Infante | September 30, 2009; 06:49 AM ET | Comments (2)

Commit to Sproles

As long as Tomlinson is out, the stock on Sproles is only going to go up.

By Matt Loede | September 17, 2009; 06:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tomlinson Still the Man

There is no running back controversy between Tomlinson and Darren Sproles.

By Roman Oben | September 16, 2009; 01:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sproles Is the Go-To

LT's role as a go-to runner may have left with his acceleration.

By Rob Rang | September 16, 2009; 01:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

LT Needs an O-Line

With LT and 2/5 of San Diego's offensive line nursing injuries, Sproles's speed wins.

By John Gennaro | September 16, 2009; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

LT's So Last Year

San Diego ought to shift some of the focus to Sproles or, better yet, deal LT

By Sean McCann | September 16, 2009; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

Sproles Charges Ahead

Sproles has proved that he's by far the more explosive back for the Chargers.

By Shawn Zobel | September 16, 2009; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Not Dead, Just Resting

While the feature back is rarer and rarer these days, due to size, the great ones find a way to rise to the top.

By Michael Oriard | August 17, 2009; 07:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Alive and Well, Obscure

If any runner has a 100-yard day, week one, fans in his city will declare him the feature back.

By Brian Tarcy | August 17, 2009; 07:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Committee Makes Sense

Growing awareness of the effects of running back overuse and the value of those backs over time has contributed to a change in thinking regarding the "feature back" concept.

By Doug Farrar | August 17, 2009; 07:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Blame the Draft

While the featured back may not be completely dead, it's getting close.

By Shawn Zobel | August 17, 2009; 06:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Specialization is the future... and not just at running back

Fantasy football players may shudder at the thought, but rotating backs makes sense for both the team and for the players.

By Rob Rang | August 17, 2009; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (2)

Committee of Diversity

The key to success in today's running game is to have a committee of running backs with different styles.

By Chris Gates | August 17, 2009; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (1)

Double Your Durability

The feature back may not be completely dead but the two back system is more popular because of the beating that running backs take in the NFL.

By Jimmy Morris | August 17, 2009; 11:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Running Back the Clock

If teams reverted back to the power running game, players like Peterson and Turner would see both an increase in their salaries and endorsements.

By Peter Schaffer | December 18, 2008; 09:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Burner Is the Fantasy Man

Not that you'd go wrong selecting either, but "Burner" Turner is the better choice by the slimmest of margins.

By Gene Wang | December 18, 2008; 09:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Yo, Adrian!

Unlike Turner, Peterson has the lateral movement, the speed and gets it done despite being the primary focus of every defense he faces.

By Doug Farrar | December 18, 2008; 09:08 AM ET | Comments (2)

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