LaDainian Tomlinson loving rebirth in New York

Running backs over the age of 30 usually don’t bounce back once the decline starts.

LaDainian Tomlinson fell hard the last three years in San Diego.  His yards-per-carry and total production fell sharply for three consecutive seasons.  That’s what makes his fast start this season in New York so remarkable.

In a piece for Sunday’s New York Daily News, Tomlinson admits that he told his wife early last season that he felt “cursed” after suffering an high ankle sprain against the Raiders.

“Most
people – even the Chargers – felt like, ‘You’re done. It’s over. Close
your casket. Go away,’ ” Tomlinson’s wife Torsha said. “Let’s have the funeral.”

We were one of the biggest critics of Tomlinson’s signing.  He was one of the least effective backs in football last year and he didn’t seem worth the trouble.  The rest of the NFL agreed. 

Only the Vikings and Jets were interested, and Minnesota was only offering a third-down backup role.  Tomlinson has carved out more in New York.

Through two games, Tomlinson has six more touches than Shonn Greene, the presumed starter.   Yes, it’s a small sample size.  But Tomlinson has averaged more than 5.5 yards-per-carry in consecutive weeks.

LT2 didn’t have one week that efficient in all of 2009, and only did it twice in the entire 2008 season.  Tomlinson has to prove he’s durable, but give the Jets credit for seeing something left in Tomlinson that no one else did.  He’s making people miss again.

12 responses to “LaDainian Tomlinson loving rebirth in New York

  1. New England’s defense is a work in progress, to put it charitably.
    I’m not sure running on them constitutes a “rebirth”

  2. 1. He’s not currently injured, or nursing a nagging injury.
    2. He has a better O-Line.
    3. He always still had a little left in the tank, he just needed a new enviroment.
    LT=Future HOF player, no matter what he does with the Jets.

  3. He was injured most of the last couple of years, still managed to get in the end zone 12 times looks like the chargers could have used his nose for the end zone. PFT stick to news and leave the opinion out, you guys look like fools at the end of day… Vick, LT, AJ Smith…even Braylon Edwards who seems contrite at the end of day. Just tell us what happened and leave your two cents out, we can form our own opinions

  4. Wait till December rolls around, he’ll be sitting at the end of the bench, freezing like the little bitch he is.

  5. Rosenthal makes lots of good points here – and yes, the Jet braintrust absolutely deserves credit for believing in Tomlinson when nobody else shared their conviction. Props to them.

  6. It won’t be long before his crying and bitching will begin, and blaming a nagging mystery injury… different team same old whining , you watch……………………………..

  7. I will always cheer for LT and I’m happy to see him thrive in New York. I got so tired of the LT bashing. Just hoping the Chargers don’t face the Jets again in the playoffs.

  8. “We were one of the biggest critics of Tomlinson’s signing.”
    Yes- you also thought the Eagles were stupid for keeping Vick and playing that amount of money. Florio thinks Ray Rice is the top running back in the NFL. These and many other mistakes are why this is ProFootballTalk/Opinion and not ProFootballFact/Truth.

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