SportsNation Blog Archives LaDainian Tomlinson
The speed at which a player in the National Football League can go from All-Star to waived is frankly astounding. A few years ago, LaDainian Tomlinson was setting records for rushing touchdowns -- this season, he had to search for a job before rejuvenating his career with the Jets. A few years back, Randy Moss was setting records for receiving touchdowns with the Patriots -- this season, he's found himself traded and waived within the space of a month.
It's Shawne Merriman's turn to tumble from his perch. A few years back, Merriman was one of the most feared pass-rushers in all of football. Now, he's been placed on waivers by the Chargers. The move comes as no real surprise -- San Diego had announced that they would release Merriman after he came off the injured reserve list -- but the idea of such a defensive force as Merriman having to look for a job is a bit disconcerting. We're sure some team will give him a chance -- and that team is the Buffalo Bills.
Brad (Beverly, MA)
Do you think Merriman's lack of productivity is due to steroids? Ever since his suspension he hasn't been the same, but you never hear anyone mention it. If he were playing baseball that is all you would hear.
I've heard it discussed with Merriman. But the injuries have also deterred him. Of course, there are experts on PEDs who say that injuries are a byproduct of usage. However, Merriman has been tested frequently and randomly year-round since his steroid positive and he has tested clean. Full transcript
The Jets sign a future Hall of Famer in LaDainian Tomlinson, and he might not even be the best player they got from the Chargers this month. The Browns? Well, we imagine season tickets are just flying off the shelves with Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme in the house.
Mike Holmgren is in charge of the Browns, but a Browns fan says the faithful in Cleveland are used to channeling Norman Dale when it comes to authority figures. As in, "I would hope you would support who we are -- not who we are not." So is Eric Mangini Shooter?
Statistically, Tim Couch was a better QB over his first 14 games than Quinn has been. Sad but true.” -- Henta469
LT is a much better receiver out the backfield than TJ and it would not surprise me if he gets most of the downs as the lone back on passing plays. I can only imagine how much more damage he can do given the chance to work behind the Jets O-line.” -- heyjacleu
Chad (Luke AFB, AZ)
Whats your take on the Browns picking up Wallace? Do you really think he will give Quinn a fighting chance for the starting job?
The trade tells me Holmgren is going to put in principles of his West Coast system. The team has yet to admit that publicly. As far as a QB competition, Holmgren is trying to avoid it this year. So Quinn will either be traded or the team will make a predetermined choice on who starts before training camp. Full transcript
Griff (MN a.k.a. Southern Canada)
Bill Williamson just reported that the Vikings are showing interest in L.T. That said, which of the FA RBs, in your opinion, would be the best fit for the Vikings?
If he's healthy, Brian Westbrook might be the most ideal fit. But the concussion situation is awfully worrisome. Full transcript
Do you think Cleveland should dump Quinn and start over at QB? With Quinn being a semi-local kid, there's always going to be a QB controversy among fans while he's there.
I think they should dump the QB that they can get the most value for. Look to go in a different direction. I haven't seen anything out of Quinn or Anderson, even though they're young, to make me think they are going to be franchise QBs. Full transcript