It's Not Me, It's You

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Dear LT,

I've noticed lately (actually, most of the season) that you've not been yourself. Probably all that losing might have something to do with it. But something about your lackluster performances has me a bit concerned. Of course, you've lead us to believe that maybe your heart just isn't in the game anymore. I wonder then, Ladainian, are these thoughts now translating to your performance on the field? If this is truly the case then there is only one thing left for you to do.

Move on.

The final nail is pretty much in the coffin for this season. You're now halfway through your 8 year contract. So why not make it official? Ask for a trade or retire. While most would hate to see you go, I would rather see someone back there who doesn't simply go through the motions. Someone who actually seems to give a shit about every single play, regardless of what's happening on the field or what the score may be. Sure, the offensive struggles aren't entirely your fault. But the way you've been playing sure isn't helping. We always seem to be a play late and a touchdown short. It's these lack of plays that are killing us week after week.

If you've truly lost the heart and desire to give it 100% on every single play, then it's time to think about the unthinkable. Otherwise we may go through several years, Shaun Alexander style, wondering "What's wrong with LT?"

Personally, I'm already tired of hearing that question.

November 30, 2008

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Sir Bolt said... Nov 30, 2008, 9:50:00 PM

You nailed it. I couldn't agree more.

Sir Bolt

Rob Zepeda said... Dec 1, 2008, 3:56:00 PM

Joe, check my latest post on how predictable the Chargers are on first down. Some of the blame lies on LT's shoulders for sure, but its the coaches job to put the players in the best possible position to be successful. Norv is basically throwing LT to the wolves out there.

Anonymous said... Dec 1, 2008, 7:20:00 PM

I love how people hate on LT when the line isn't blocking worth two cent.

Joe Fiorentino said... Dec 1, 2008, 8:51:00 PM

So then its ok to drop passes, continually run into your own guys, give up on a screen, not block a D lineman who's about to eat your QB for lunch, fall down immediately after you get hit, stroll out of bounds rather then use a stiff arm to get a yard or 2 more, all because the line has issues?

Yea, seriously, what's wrong with me...

arnie said... Dec 2, 2008, 8:30:00 PM

the chargers run a power running game, but you need a power blocking fullback to make the blocks that would spring LT. and he's now playing for baltimore.

the O-line was coached, for years, to pull to one side or the other and let Neal pick up the extra tackler. with him gone, the coach needs to make the adjustment for a Guard or a Takle to pull over and clear a running lane for LT.
all of the points you've made are good observations, nothing more. but LT's perfomance is not the problem, just the end results. we took for ganted Marty's coaching ability, and Lorenzo's blocks for LT's two rushing titles, leauge MVP and record breaking TD's.

we are now witnesses to the results of not having either one here...

peace out

Anonymous said... Dec 3, 2008, 12:28:00 PM

Nuff said arnie.......joe!?!

Joe Fiorentino said... Dec 3, 2008, 12:55:00 PM

Agreed Arnie...While we have a power blocking FB in Tolbert, its obvious he's not getting it done. Hopefully Hester can get up to speed quickly, maybe bulk up during the off-season and be that hammer we need.

But I want to point out that LT was getting it done his first 2 years without Neal. But like I said in my post there are a ton of little things that are making a big difference in his game. And I get the impression every time I see him speak at the podium to the press that he thinks that others are having issues, and not recognizing his own.

arnie said... Dec 3, 2008, 6:42:00 PM

Matt Forte, Adrian Pertson. what do they have in common with LT? both are doing extremely well in thier first years at running back, because opposing teams had very little film to game plan against them.

Emmit Smith, Barry Sanders. no matter how great the palyers are, one man can only do so much. Barry made teams look ridiculous with his unorthodox running style, but still he couldn't win the lions a championship. even Emmit's numbers declined when his line could no longer open the holes he was used to running through.

LT has arlready openly admitted, " ...he doesn't know how many years he has left...", but still he can only do so much. tolbert and hester were brought in to fill a spot for a player that should never have been let go. but that's in the past. right now, it will take them time for them to develope, time LT says he may not have.

peace out

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