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    Charger fans: rooting for or against Tomlinson?

    It's a tough question for Charger fans at this point. This isn't exactly like the Cutler situation, but the split has been a bit ugly.

    On the 1 hand, Tomlinson led the rejuvenation of this team from cellar-dweller to perennial contender and AFC West champion. He is a first-ballot hall-of-famer and probably the greatest Charger ever. His first 6 years in the league, he could do no wrong on or off the field.

    On the other hand, he was increasingly disgruntled in recent years, whining about lack of touches, disrespect, etc., all while failing to show up in the playoffs, and even the regular season last year. Comments by Rivers and Gates indicate that he had a diva mentality and thought he was above critique in recent years. He complained about the offensive line, fullbacks, GM and coach on his way out of town. He went to the hated New York Jets, and immediately got a Jets tattoo on his calf.

    So, do you want to see him do well in New York, or do you want him to fall flat, vindicating the Chargers brass in their decision to upgrade the RB position, not the offensive line? Of course the ultimate vindication will be if Ryan Mathews does well, but that's another topic.

    Tomlinson is in a situation where he should have very good blocking, and the Jets likely can utilize him as a 3rd-down and change-of-pace back. If he can't succeed in New York behind that beastly line, then he really is done, and he might as well retire.

    Personally, I'd like to see him get some decent yards and touchdowns, but I hope the Jets fail miserably. I don't want to see him have some kind of career rejuvenation, helping that team go deep into the playoffs. It would make me sick to see him finally show up in the postseason after he spent so much time sulking on the sidelines in previous postseason runs. I think I would take a little satisfaction from seeing him struggle, but ultimately I still like the guy and want to see him break a few more records before he retires.

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    if you would have asked me this question the day he got released, i would have said that i want him to have success wherever he goes.

    but to be honest, all the whining and charger bashing he has done has left a bad taste in my mouth.

    i have lost a lot of respect for LT (even though i still do respect him) and i couldn't care less what happens to his career anymore.

    lets take drew brees for example, i never wanted to see that guy not have success, he is still my favorite non-charger in the league and was happy to see him get his ring, he deserved it.

    he didn't whine and cry about how he was not treated well in SD, he just moved on, something LT is struggling with.

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    Cool

    I think another thing to consider is that he didn't want a lesser role with SD and wanted to go to "a superbowl contender".
    Well now he is with this team that the media is trying to shove down our throats as a superbowl contender and he has a lesser role.
    Him not wanting to retire a Charger really bugs me. Maybe 10 years from now it'll all be love again.

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    Hope you guys dont mind a Bronco fan piping in.

    I hate the Chargers. I hated him as a Charger.
    I hate the Jets. I hate him with the Jets.

    Thats all.


    I adopt andrewmlb.


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    Quote Originally Posted by McSmashie View Post
    Hope you guys dont mind a Bronco fan piping in.

    I hate the Chargers. I hated him as a Charger.
    I hate the Jets. I hate him with the Jets.

    Thats all.
    Is it weird that I actually hate him more as a Jet? From like his rookie year up until 06 or so I actually liked him and respected him a lot because he was so fun to watch. People change though. I think any kind of me-first or diva attitude he developed is going to be inflated while he plays on that collection of individuals.

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    It's weird, but he's a player I can't dislike. I despise V-Jax, Rivers, Merriroids, Cromartie as chargers but LT was someone I couldn't dislike. His Mile High Salute was disrespectful but overall he seems like an alright guy, some altecrations with other players like Ellis Hobbs did lower my estimations of the guy. However he just seems to me like a guy who wants to succeed and win himself a championship.

    Good luck to him in New York, even though I hate that team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baphamet View Post
    if you would have asked me this question the day he got released, i would have said that i want him to have success wherever he goes.

    but to be honest, all the whining and charger bashing he has done has left a bad taste in my mouth.

    i have lost a lot of respect for LT (even though i still do respect him) and i couldn't care less what happens to his career anymore.

    lets take drew brees for example, i never wanted to see that guy not have success, he is still my favorite non-charger in the league and was happy to see him get his ring, he deserved it.

    he didn't whine and cry about how he was not treated well in SD, he just moved on, something LT is struggling with.
    not exactly meant to be smack, but hasnt LT sort of whined his entire career? I used to respect him but for the past 3 or so years thats all I ever see him doing.

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    rooting against

    but i bet he is a solid goal line specialist/3rd down receiving rb this season


    just can't imagine him being even a decent backup rb/change of pace rb anymore

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    oh and he was obviously the greatest charger of all time, no question

    but ya know, some guys just don't know when to hang it up, and if anyone should know it's an aged rb

    favre also doesn't know when to hang it up, but damned if his numbers weren't AMAZING last season, for any QB those numbers were GREAT, but for a fossil like favre, they were simply amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starbroncs View Post
    not exactly meant to be smack, but hasnt LT sort of whined his entire career? I used to respect him but for the past 3 or so years thats all I ever see him doing.
    ya know when the whine switch got flipped?

    after the loss to the pats in sd, when he uttered the now infamous words "you guys know me, i'm a classy guy"

    that was the end of mister classy guy

    up until then he truely was the ambassador of the nfl in terms of complete and total class, and mister perfection as far as role model

    off the field he's still the perfect nfl player in terms of actions, never gets in trouble, always helps the community, raises money, gives of his time

    but he became a whiner, and a crybaby on the field and off in terms of media interactions.

    ever since the classy-gate post game press conference, he's been the easiest player for the media to get a soundbyte out of, always taking the bait
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcdavey View Post
    ya know when the whine switch got flipped?

    after the loss to the pats in sd, when he uttered the now infamous words "you guys know me, i'm a classy guy"

    that was the end of mister classy guy

    up until then he truely was the ambassador of the nfl in terms of complete and total class, and mister perfection as far as role model

    off the field he's still the perfect nfl player in terms of actions, never gets in trouble, always helps the community, raises money, gives of his time

    but he became a whiner, and a crybaby on the field and off in terms of media interactions.

    ever since the classy-gate post game press conference, he's been the easiest player for the media to get a soundbyte out of, always taking the bait
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    yea I dont know why I added in entire career, it really was just after that pats game.

    And isnt self proposed classiness kind of defeating the purpose?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starbroncs View Post
    yea I dont know why I added in entire career, it really was just after that pats game.

    And isnt self proposed classiness kind of defeating the purpose?
    Yes... Yes it is. He came into the league as a quiet, deferential, humble player. For years he said and did all the right things, while producing unbelievable numbers at RB. But all the acclaim and star treatment went to his head. He became something of a diva, whining about disrespect, lack of touches, unfair criticism, etc.

    It was sad to watch. But it is a common pattern for star athletes who fail to acknowledge their declining skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcdavey View Post
    oh and he was obviously the greatest charger of all time, no question

    but ya know, some guys just don't know when to hang it up, and if anyone should know it's an aged rb

    favre also doesn't know when to hang it up, but damned if his numbers weren't AMAZING last season, for any QB those numbers were GREAT, but for a fossil like favre, they were simply amazing.
    as much as i cant stand the drama and the man, favre proved last year he can still play at a very high level, unlike LT.

    different for a running back though, cant just hobble around and make plays with your arm and experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcdavey View Post
    ya know when the whine switch got flipped?

    after the loss to the pats in sd, when he uttered the now infamous words "you guys know me, i'm a classy guy"

    that was the end of mister classy guy

    up until then he truely was the ambassador of the nfl in terms of complete and total class, and mister perfection as far as role model

    off the field he's still the perfect nfl player in terms of actions, never gets in trouble, always helps the community, raises money, gives of his time

    but he became a whiner, and a crybaby on the field and off in terms of media interactions.

    ever since the classy-gate post game press conference, he's been the easiest player for the media to get a soundbyte out of, always taking the bait
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    as much as i hate to admit it, you are right. but i think it is more to the fact that his record breaking season went straight to his head and he stopped being the humble LT he once was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcdavey View Post
    oh and he was obviously the greatest charger of all time, no question

    but ya know, some guys just don't know when to hang it up, and if anyone should know it's an aged rb

    favre also doesn't know when to hang it up, but damned if his numbers weren't AMAZING last season, for any QB those numbers were GREAT, but for a fossil like favre, they were simply amazing.
    I'm not a Charger's fan, but I thought Seau was the best Charger of all time. He dominated games from the MLB position. Some of you guys might be too young to remember what he was like in the 90's, but he was like Ray Lewis with 4.5 speed. He practically carried the Chargers to their single AFC Championship, which is more than LT ever saw on that team.

    Seau is probably the most dominant MLB of his era (the 90's).

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