LT stunned by 'distracted' Rivers' fumble

November, 3, 2011
11/03/11
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Former Chargers great LaDainian Tomlinson said he was watching in disbelief Monday night when his old team -- and his old quarterback -- fumbled away what seemed to be a certain victory against the Chiefs. Tomlinson offered his take on Philip Rivers' sub-par season, saying the Chargers' quarterback doesn't seem himself.

"To me, he seems distracted for some reason," Tomlinson said Thursday after practice. "On the sideline, it seems like he's distracted. I've always said this: It's hard to be The Guy. When they say it's your team, it's hard to be that guy because you get all the questions of what's wrong and what's right.

"Then your teammates expect certain things from you and when that doesn't happen, you get strange looks in the locker room. It's tough to be that guy when it's your team, so that may have a little bit to do with what's going on."

Tomlinson was released by the Chargers after the 2009 season, and he saw them up-close just 11 days ago. The Jets beat the Chargers, 27-21, overcoming an 11-point deficit in the second half. The Bolts blew another game when Rivers fumbled a routine snap late in Monday night's game.

Tomlinson said he was watching on TV and thought to himself, "I can't believe that just happened." He added, "Of all the times those guys have worked together, him and Nick (Hardwick) -- all the practice, countless times -- I've never seen them do that. Never. For them to do that at that point, it was bad."

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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