It was only a matter of time. You can only have two good NFL quarterbacks on the roster for so long before one demands to be the starter. The Chargers organization knew this was coming and it all came to a head on Monday morning.
LaDianian Tomlinson finally announced that he either wants to be the starting quarterback for the Chargers, or else he will be seeking a trade.
Okay, maybe not. But could you blame him if he did?
Tomlinson ran, caught, and passed for a touchdown in the Chargers pasting of the Raiders, only the fifth time in the Super Bowl era (1966) that a player has accomplished the run-pass-catch touchdown trifecta. Tomlinson helped the Chargers improve to 3-3 and ran their win streak against the Raiders to four games for the first time since 1962—when Al Davis was walking the sidelines for the Chargers. Tomlinson, like coach Marty Schottenheimer, both seem to take great delight in walking over the Raiders.
Does anybody still think that the Chargers made the wrong move by trading down for Tomlinson a couple of years ago? Tomlinson is the best running back in the NFL right now. You might also make a case that LT might even be a better quarterback than Michael Vick. Tomlinson's two touchdown passes have him tied with Chad Pennington, and ahead of Kurt Warner and J.P. Losman—who both opened the season as starting quarterbacks. LT is only two touchdown passes away from Trent Green, Kyle Orton, Joey Harrington, Daunte Culpepper, Aaron Brooks, and David Carr.
WHAT ARE RAIDERS FANS SAYING TODAY?
Beating the Raiders is not what it used to be. But it is still a lot of fun. The only downfall is that the Raiders fans are already acting like beaten dogs, while rolling over for opposing team fans. But we found somebody who is not ready to give up on the Raiders season on our new segment, Ask a Raiders Fan.
Today's question: Hey Raiders fan, what is going to turn around your season?
Andrew Walter. The guy reminds me so much of Peyton Manning and he can break a tackle like Culpepper.I think he is going to have a great career,watch out AFC West when he becomes our starting QB.
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NOT A GOOD DAY FOR THE MESSIAH
Eli Messiah was the second-coming a few weeks ago as he posted huge numbers in an overwhelming loss in San Diego and defeating the under-achieving St. Louis football team. Nearly ever analysis said that the Messiah was a cannot-miss-Super Star.
And then the Messiah completes only 14 of 30 passes with one interception in a loss to the Cowboys. There will be those that will point to the Messiah's game-tying touchdown drive, but so what? Who hasn't? At least Mark Brunnell eventually won the game.