Madden Says Tomlinson Is "Not What He Used To Be"

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Commentary from John Madden during NBC's Sunday Night Football presentation (Week 12, Colts at Chargers):
He's (Tomlinson) not what he used to be. I think the toe is better. He's making better cuts now. The last time we were here he couldn't cut off that right foot. He can now. But he's not finishing his runs. He's not finishing the inside runs. When he gets to the boundary he's going out of bounds too easily.

So what do you guys think; Is Madden right in claiming that LT's career is on the decline? Or is Tomlinson simply a scapegoat for the Chargers lack of commitment to the running game? Certainly the turnover in the backfield hasn't helped matters (Lorenzo Neal requested his release, Michael Turner signed with the Atlanta Falcons, Andrew Pinnock was cut in favor of Mike Tolbert) but we've also known for some time now that LT would begin to break down...

November 24, 2008

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Mike said... Nov 24, 2008, 9:16:00 AM

I don't know what to say about LT. Even though the team dynamic has changed and he's not the centerpiece anymore I think he's kinda taking it personally. HE really isn't finishing his runs. Not moving his legs when he gets to the pile, not lowering his shoulder its really disheartening. I hate to say it but its almost like he's running half-assed and not putting a full effort. He is only averaging 18 carries a game, he should be making the most of his chances. And Rivers threw him a great pass on 3rd down with under 2 and a half minutes in the game. If he had caught it we would of had a 1st and goal. Instead we had to kick a field goal and left a 1:30 on the clock for Peyton big mistake. LT just let it go and play your game that's all the advice I'd give him.

Anonymous said... Nov 24, 2008, 12:31:00 PM

Sure he's not getting as many carries as he's used to, but that's no excuse for running out of bounds or not breaking tackles. C'mon, an elite NFL running back should not be so easily tackled by cornerbacks. im sorry but thats embarassing

Anonymous said... Nov 24, 2008, 1:12:00 PM

It's not Tomlinson. It's the people around him. They cash their paycheck and get fat, and he watches.

Tomlinson is getting bummed out by all the crap.

Let's talk about Rivers. Great stats, sure. But CHOKES in the clutch.

Anonymous said... Nov 24, 2008, 2:13:00 PM

Dude whine's to much now. It's all about him. But he could be doing much better if Goff, Clary and Hardwick weren't whiffing or getting blown up on their blocks half the time. Those 3 are pathetic. It's not LoNeal or scheme those 3 can't get it done anymore. Last nights game was a complete embarrassment. If you have it recorded check the missed blocks.

Anonymous said... Nov 24, 2008, 2:38:00 PM

I am just so frustrated!!! Yes LT does not look like the old LT but evey week he looks a little closer. I think the toe is still hampering him somewhat but not much anymore. I would like to see him be a bit more motivated and really get after it instead of not finishing off strong with the runs buy going down easy or out of bounds.

I know bashing on refs is taboo in the NFL but did anyone see last nights game. They blew at least a half dozen calls that went directly against the Chargers. How about the two illegal procedure calls that were drive killers. The first drive in the second half down near the goal line that setup the fumble. The play before we were called for illegal procedure and of course the one on the last drive that made us settle fro the feild goal. I went back after each play and could not see any movement on the line in either case. That was using slow mo so where the hell were the procedures at. We got hosed on to phantom calls at bad times and also how about the to BullS$$$ interference calls on 3rd and whatever. Back to back we should have had 3 and outs on them and one was a ticky tacky call per Maden's own statement. The second was downright a fabercation. Hart played perfectly and the ref from the other side of the field called it when the ref right on the action called it a good play. Then they actually called it on the linebacker falling into coverage that had no one around him. What the hell kind of call was that. Then you got the catch fumble, NOT. Is there something the Chargers did against the refs this season. They have cost us at least two games and probably more.

Anonymous said... Nov 25, 2008, 10:41:00 AM

Stop blaming the refs. If it took a "bad call" for the Chargers to lose the game then they didn't deserve to win the game in the first place. If the chargers could actually score then it would really matter much would it? During the Steelers game the Chargers were only penalized 2 times for 5 yards. The Steelers were penalized 13 times for 115! But the Steelers still won the game and didn't WHINE about the refs. Good teams find ways to win. Bad teams choke.

arnie said... Nov 25, 2008, 8:55:00 PM

i agree with madden.
LT isn't the same. his pro bowl fullback is gone, ah-la norv. and his O-line keeps getting beat off thier blocks. so yes he isn't the same. when he gets the ball thier is no where for him to run, because the defense is in the backield. and running out of bounds seems like a good thing when everytime he turns the corner, half of the defense is in his grill and no run blocking is in sight. and as far as finishing runs go? uhm when you run into a 300 lbs man, your run is finished(again see poor run blocking).

and sum it up with old tune; players play and, coaches coach.... if the only run play you can call is up the middle with 8 men in the box, no Loneal, and call it committment to the run? you should be committed.

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