LaDainian Tomlinson has slowly become a realist, and know that he isn’t the same player he was ten years ago. However, he knows he still has something left at age 31 for a New York Jets’ team that has a great chance to go far in the playoffs this year and even next year.
LT’s departure from the San Diego Chargers wasn’t pretty as the team veered away from him as the focus since the ascension of Phillip Rivers as the starting quarterback.
“It was a long time coming, but I knew it was coming,” Tomlinson said, according to SI.com. “Now that it’s official I can kind of look to the next step in my career and playing football for someone else.”
The Jets are a run-heavy team in which Mark Sanchez is more of a game manager than a Peyton Manning or Phillip Rivers clone.
So there is plenty of work for LT and back-up Shonn Greene.
Shonn Greene is more of an understudy who has received consistent playing time and knows in the back of his mind that his time will come just like Atlanta’s Michael Turner who is doing rather well and is well paid.
Some in the media would love to have a war of words between LT and Greene, but it is not likely to happen.
According to New Jersey’s Star- Ledger, Greene wasn’t focused on veteran LaDainian Tomlinson being put in the starting lineup ahead of him on Sunday. Tomlinson was on the field for 42 offensive snaps, by an unofficial count, to Greene’s 17.
“We’re winning,” Greene said. “So I’m good.”
The average life of a running back is approximately four years and LT knows his metaphorical shelf life is coming to a quick close, and Greene respects LT and LT respects Greene.
LT is on pace to hit the 1,000 yard plateau this season and Greene is also on a good pace as well.
Conceivably, both backs could reach 1,000. So everybody will be happy this year and after picking up a great road win versus a tough Miami team, look for this running back duo to have solid games with teams such as Buffalo, Detroit and Denver on the schedule.