Discussion in 'NFL' started by TSSJimmyCoN, Jan 26, 2009.
what do you guys think?
Think of What?
Read the title of his thread and then you will know what he is asking. Hopefully.
Yeah Josh....burned your ass!
I was trying to be funny, but it failed miserably. I will now exit this thread, ashamed and without opinion on the original matter
anyway. I would say he goes due to this. Granted he is an amazing player and has had nothing but spectacular seasons in SD but cmon...The guy has been injured in the last two playoff seasons when it mattered most. Everyone predicts SD to be the champs or even go the the SB but they CANNOT get over the hump. HOWEVER They were lucky Darren Sproles broke out in the previous game but I guarantee he milks that for everything it's worth and Bolts (no pun intended) in free agency. Now without Michael Turner and Darren Sproles theoretically gone, who do they have? Jacob Hester,Michael Bennett and a guy by the name of Ladanian Tomlinson. They need to keep him
Tomlinson's career in the NFL as an elite running back is over. He'll be 30 years old by the start of next year, which is ancient as far as an NFL running back is concerned. And the guy can't stay healthy...he's broken down by season's end the past two years.
A running back's career doesn't gradually tail off as he gets older, usually. More often than not, he'll fall off a cliff. Shaun Alexander immediately comes to mind...the 2005 NFL MVP, out of the league just a couple years later at age 30.
So I don't think it would be such a bad idea for the Chargers to let Tomlinson go. If that ends up happening, any team that would be willing to give him more than a 3-year deal would be crazy.
I have to agree with you on that. I can name ONE running back who's career was still steady at 30....Barry Sand. but he retired due to other circumstances (Lions). It would be interesting to see how he would have held up past 31
Seeing how running backs break down so easily and so quickly, something tells me guys like Barry Sanders and Jim Brown did it right getting out early while still in their prime. We remember them as being the dominant players they were, and many consider them to be the two best to ever play the game.
Even a guy like Emmitt Smith held on too long. Of course going to play in Arizona was ridiculous. But even his last few seasons in Dallas, he wasn't the same guy.
And among other things, if you're a running back projected as a 1st/2nd round pick in the draft, then you have to come out early. Going back to school is a mistake. Your career span is limited in the NFL as it is, so get in there as early as possible and start making that money.
That is a great point. Look at guys like Earl Campbell. He can barely walk. If you are a bruiser back, you are going to have a ton of problems later in life. Your knees among other things cannot handle that kind of abuse day after day.
Emmit was trash. He played behind an ridiculous line for his whole carreer. OVER RATED
I thought LT was retired.
Oh you mean the once great running back in San Diego who's greatness is behind him due to injuries.
To me there's only one LT and he won the Super Bowl after smoking a big bag of crack.
I won't go so far as to call Emmitt "trash". BUT, I do agree he was overrated and benefited greatly from that O-line of his (Aikman probably did too). Mark Tuinei, Nate Newton, Mark Stepnoski, Larry Allen, Erik Williams...quite the list. Daryl Johnston was known to open some holes as well.
Are you guy's on f'ing crack? Emmitt Smith is the NFL's ALL TIME RUSHING LEADER. You don't get that title by "playing behind an (sic) ridiculous line". Learn the game of football for Christ's sake.
Top 20 Rushers - Pro Football Hall of Fame
Sure does help. A lot.
Imagine what Barry Sanders could have done with that line. Wow.
So, how come the other running backs Dallas had did not fare as well as Emmit? You are saying any NFL running back could run through the line, correct?
The most rushing yards of all-time and the player still gets criticized. :lol:
Emmit and Troy, how DARE YOU take advantage of a great offensive line. I am taking all your stats away from you. :rofl2:
Remember Eddie George? That was over quick. LT should probably hang it up. Maybe one more try before Turner turns the Chargers into complete losers again.
Where did I say that? I said Emmitt is overrated as far as all-time greats go. All things being equal, I'm taking a number of guys over Emmitt...namely Jim Brown, Barry Sanders, Walter Payton, Gale Sayers.
Emmit has more Super Bowl rings than those players combined. Oppps, I forgot to blame the offensive line for that.