Showing posts with label San Diego Chargers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label San Diego Chargers. Show all posts

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Ladanian Tomlinson Era Ends in San Diego

I have to confess to being shocked by this--perhaps I need to get out more:
In a move that was fully expected but still feels odd to type, the Chargers released LaDainian Tomlinson Monday after nine seasons with the team.

The timing of the release was likely out of deference to Tomlinson's career. He can get a head start on most unrestricted free agents and talk to interested teams right away.

"It has been a privilege to work with him and witness his entire career," owner Dean Spanos said in a statement. "I'm proud of him and grateful to him for the way he has carried himself both on and off the field.

"He's a future Hall of Famer," G.M. A.J. Smith said. "My only regret is that he leaves without a Super Bowl ring."

Why release him? Why is the business of the NFL structured in this way? I have no clue. It's a free agency thing, and nine years on a running back's odometer starts to look risky. Not everyone gets to play as long as, say, Emmitt Smith, but few play as well as Ladanian Tomlinson has played and might still play.

Tomlinson's last two years look fairly bad on paper. A change of venue could help him if the new coaching system can be adapted to use him the way he can still be used--not to carry an offense but to add some depth to it. My guess is that the Washington Redskins will offer Tomlinson $40 million dollars for three years and use him like a fullback in the I formation--something ridiculous like that always seems to follow when the Redskins sniff at a fading, aging veteran.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Now THAT'S Smack Talking

I'm rolling on the floor with laughter at this one:
Multiple league sources tell us that the Chargers have fined cornerback Antonio Cromartie $2,500 for complaining on Twitter about the quality of the food at training camp.

As best we can tell, this is the offending tweet, from July 31 at 3:46 p.m.: "Man we have 2 have the most nasty food of any team. Damn can we upgrade 4 str8 years the same ish maybe that's y we can't we the SB we need."

That phrase translates to the following in English, we think: "Man, we have to have the most nasty food of any team. Damn, can we upgrade? Four straight years the same sh-t. Maybe that's why we can't get the Super Bowl we need."

Per one source, coach Norv Turner has specifically told the team not to talk about any team matters on Twitter or any other online social media.

Said a player whose name we've been asked to keep anonymous: "Tweeting was invented for 7th grade girls. We have a bunch of girls in this league!"

In an unrelated note, Cromartie's tweeting frequency seems to have reduced lately.

I don't know what's funnier--that MSNBC.Com felt compelled to "translate" Cromartie's Tweet or that "tweeting was invented for 7th grade girls."

Now there's a business model for you.