Tomlinson reflects on why exactly he retired


Tomlinson reflects on why exactly he retired

By Ryan Thomas

Taking pride in doing whatever his coach asked him to do on the field is exactly the type of player LaDainian Tomlinson was. The NFL's fifth all-time rushing yards leader, acknowledged his retirement, Tuesday, on the Dan Patrick Show.

"The kind of game I wanted was to be all around," said Tomlinson. "So I didn't have to come off the field on third downs, I would step in and block, and I also could get the tough yards."

Tomlinson's work ethic accompanied by his immense skill set, not only allowed for those to respect the fact that he was a five-time Pro Bowler, but also the fact that he was an even better person. In 2006 he won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, which is given annually by the NFL, honoring not only on-the-field performance but also volunteer and charity work.

In regards to where Tomlinson ranks himself as a player, his play speaks loud enough. "If people say I'm first ballot or not, whatever, I'll let my play speak for itself, I tried to do the best I could." Overall, the former Chargers running back's resume includes a very hefty amount of accolades.

Tomlinson is a four time First-team All Pro member, led the league in rushing twice, won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award in 2006, and even made the NFL's 2000s All-Decade Team.

Sure, Tomlinson could have played another season. But, at the age of 32 teams don't often come knocking down the door with the opportunity of a feature role. Instead he vowed to end his career the same way he started it, with class.

The Bears' blowout loss to New Orleans was a bad sign. Their lack of answers, and options, going forward may be worse.

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The Bears' blowout loss to New Orleans was a bad sign. Their lack of answers, and options, going forward may be worse.

Matt Nagy’s postgame press conference, held in Soldier Field’s concrete belly after an embarrassing 36-25 loss to New Orleans, featured a little bit of everything. 

There were thousand-yard stares, a half-dozen abandoned statements, platitudes galore, and even a monologue on the media’s role in the Bears' lackluster start to the season. 

What wasn’t given, notably, was a reason for the Bears’ continued offensive struggles. Coming out of the bye and supposedly armed with a brand-new lease on running the ball, the Bears finished with 252 yards of total offense – much of it coming in garbage time. 

“I really thought our run game would be better,” Nagy said. “... early on, there just was not a lot there. So then you go to throw the ball a little bit and got a little bit going. The start of the third quarter, we had a fumble.

“You can say it’s one of those days, but for us, it’s been one of those weeks.” 

Nagy noted the lack of early success running the ball as a reason for going so pass-heavy in the first half. They ran the ball on three consecutive first downs, for a combined three yards, to open the game.  After that, they would only run the ball four more times the entire game. The seven total rushes set a franchise record for fewest in a game. 

“It’s really simple math,” he said. “As a play caller, when it’s 2nd-and-9, 2nd-and-8, and you’re moving the ball throwing it, getting first downs throwing it – that’s what the objective is, getting first downs. I don’t care if I have to throw the ball 60 times a game if that’s what’s going to help us win a game. If I have to run it 60 times, I don’t care. I want productive plays.” 

Both Nagy and Mitch Trubisky admitted that going away from the run so drastically shot the team’s offensive rhythm in the foot. After trading up for David Montgomery back in April, the rookie has yet to come close to a 100-yard performance. He had two carries for six yards and a fumble on Sunday, the most underwhelming performance in a season full of them. When asked about his performance, Nagy gave one of the more cryptic answers of his Bears’ tenure.

“You guys sensing a theme here?” he asked. “I’m with you. I’m with you.” 

Now that it’s clear that the Bye Week Reckoning that took place after their London loss didn’t have its intended effect, the Bears will have to bail out water while paddling at the same time. Nagy wouldn’t offer much in terms of a QB evaluation – that comes tomorrow – but was adamant that Trubisky will keep his job. He did, however, leave a bit more room for interpretation when it came to his own game day duties. 

“I’m not going to get into all that,” Nagy said when asked if he’d consider changing play callers. “If I did, no one here will know.” 

Tomorrow, the Bears will report to Halas Hall as a 3-3 team – albeit one with vastly different vibes than last year's squad of the same record. With a substantial lack of encouraging game tape to study and all three divisional road games still to play, the path to a second straight playoff berth, ironically enough, feels farther away than it did last year. 

“I don’t know what to tell you,” Nagy said. “We’ve got to stay positive.” 

“We’ve got to regroup. We’ll recognize this loss, we’ll sit in it tonight, and then we’ve got to get better next week.”

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WWE Superstar Seth Rollins is all Bears fans right now

WWE Superstar Seth Rollins is all Bears fans right now

WWE Superstar and current Universal Champion, Seth Rollins, has made his fandom for the Chicago Bears well known. And like all Bears fans, he's suffering quite a bit after Week 7's loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Rollins, who's known for his signature finisher — the stomp — and for figuratively burning down arenas across the country, had this to say on Twitter after Sunday's embarrassing loss:

Rollins serves as a really good visual for what's happened to the Bears' Super Bowl hopes through seven weeks. In this scenario, Chicago is Rollins' opponent, Braun Strowman: 

The Bears are surviving, much like Strowman, but the end feels inevitably near. For now, Mitch Trubisky and Matt Nagy are avoiding the proverbial three-count. But for how much longer?

Chicago has a chance at a get-right game in Week 8 against the Chargers. At least, it should be. But with the way this team is trending right now, you never know.

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