San Diego Chargers: With LaDainian Tomlinson Gone Focus Now All on Philip Rivers

February 26, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In many ways 2008 and 2009 were transition years for the San Diego Chargers when it comes to the team’s franchise face.  LaDainian Tomlinson will always be remembered as the Charger of the decade, putting up Hall of Fame numbers across his nine-year San Diego Chargers career.
In 2008 LaDainian Tomlinson went below 1,200 rushing yards for the first time as a Charger.  That same season was the first where Philip Rivers went over 4,000 yards passing.  Tomlinson was still the biggest name in Chargertown, but the young quarterback was emerging as the crux of the offense.
2009 continued that trend.  LaDainian Tomlinson fighting early injury, a change in scheme, and the wear and tear of long mileage, had his worst season as a pro.  He only managed 730 yards and 3.3 yards per carry as the team plummeted to 31st overall in rushing.
Philip Rivers however continued his ascent to the team forefront behind a 4,200 yard 28 touchdown season that peaked with his becoming one of f...

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