The Chargers once again failed to reach the promise land of the Super Bowl after another post season collapse at home Sunday vs the fifth seed, the New York Jets. Their season ended after a run that saw them start slow, then reel off 12 straight wins, only to be knocked out in their first playoff game.
Which leads the team to the offseason, which includes the future for running back LaDainian Tomlinson, the one time heart and soul of the team, who almost didn’t even make it to the season after an offseason which included lots of talk about him being released.
The Chargers have never made the Super Bowl with Tomlinson as their premiere running back, and now that another season has ended, it’s time for the team and the back to once again address if he’ll be around in 2010. Tomlinsons possible final game in San Diego was a dud, as he had just 24 yards on 12 carries—and just 4 yards in the second half.
His decreased production and speed suggest his time with the club could be ending after his first career year with fewer than 1,000 yards rushing. “I’m not sure,” Tomlinson said when asked about his future. “I’ve heard all the speculation, but I’ll tell you what, I’ve had a heck of a time here, and if it is (over), I’ve enjoyed the ride.”
Last season the team franchised running back Darren Sproles, making sure they would not lose him like they did a few seasons back when Michael Turner bolted to Atlanta. The team seems like they are ready to finally make the transition to Sproles as their feature back, which means that the end very much could be here for Tomlinson in San Diego.