LaDainian Tomlinson says Norv Turner, A.J. Smith to blame for bad season

LaDainian Tomlinson the former Chargers running back sees San Diego has been struggling this season, but he doesn’t think quarterback Philip Rivers is the person that should be blamed.

Tomlinson, appeard on NFL Network's Around the League Live and said that it’s General Manager A.J. Smith and head coach Norv Turner who are to blame and have failed to draft and build a championship caliber team that Rivers is able to lead to a Super Bowl title.

He was asked if Rivers has enough talent on the team that could play for a title, Tomlinson answered, “I don’t believe he does,” and Tomlinson added that the Chargers let offensive stars go and do bigger and better things for other teams like Vincent Jackson and Darren Sproles.

“When you look at the people they have lost over the years and Philip Rivers’ numbers have gone down because of the guys he has lost,” Tomlinson said. “You talk about a guy like Vincent Jackson, who has picked up where he left off in San Diego now in Tampa Bay leading that team in receptions. You talk about Darren Sproles who is doing a phenomenal job in New Orleans right now. Some of the offensive line that you don’t have any more – he has lost a lot of talent around him. I said it last year, there is too much pressure on Philip Rivers. He needs guys around him to help him win games.”

Tomlison, believes that if the team does not show a drastic improvement and make the playoffs this year that Dean Spanos and the Chargers organization should and need to clean house and fire both of them. This, has been high on every sports writer and sports talk radio hosts topic list.

“We heard the rumblings out of San Diego last year when they had the poor season [and] didn’t make the playoffs for the second straight year,” Tomlinson said. “At that point, Dean Spanos really thought about making a change, but he didn’t. He said he would give them one more chance to try to right the ship. So here we are at the point where the San Diego Chargers are in danger of missing the playoffs for the third straight year. At that point, the way this organization has worked, you fired Marty [Schottenheimer] after a 14-2 year. [After] many successful years in San Diego, you fire a coach like Marty Schottenheimer. How can you justify keeping A.J. Smith and Norv Turner when you don’t go to the playoffs three straight years?”

L.T. is a smart man, and I agree with his analysis on the coaching and management issues and with towelgate still being a huge issue for the team and the reputation of the franchise we will see what happens.  

October 31, 2012

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