Broncos have inkling Tomlinson will be unleashed Sunday

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Jun 20, 2005
Chula Vista, CA
By Jeff Legwold, Rocky Mountain News
September 15, 2005

Call it the LaDainian theorem.

The San Diego Chargers lost 28-24 to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Because . . . their last possession of the game ended on the Cowboys 7-yard line after do-it-all running back LaDainian Tomlinson carried the ball only once - it was negated by a penalty - in San Diego's last 12 plays of the game.

So . . .

"Oh, believe me, he's going to get his touches this week," Broncos defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban said. "No question about that. Especially with what happened Sunday."

"That's the guy right there who makes the offense run," Broncos cornerback Lenny Walls said. "To me, by far, he's the best running back in this league. You've got to stop him before you stop anything else . . . we know they probably want to get him the ball a little more this week."

The Chargers scored a lot of points last season - third in the league at 446 - quarterback Drew Brees had a career resurrection with 27 touchdown passes and tight end Antonio Gates went to the Pro Bowl after making 81 receptions and scoring 13 touchdowns.

No matter. While it isn't a news flash, things still begin and end in the Chargers offense with Tomlinson.

And coming off a game when Tomlinson touched the ball only 19 times overall - he went without a catch in a game for the first time in his career - the Broncos expect to get a full plate of the two-time Pro Bowl selection Sunday afternoon at Invesco Field.

"Everything starts with him, everything," Ekuban said. "As long as he can get the ball 30 times and run for 150, that's all they care about. They line up and say, 'Hey, you've got to stop (No.) 21.' They're going to keep feeding it, feeding it, feeding it and won't stop until the fourth quarter and maybe they're down and they feel like they need to do something else. And then they throw it to him.

"But it's all him. Drew Brees had a stellar season last year, Antonio Gates had a tremendous season, but everything starts with L.T., and we know that. We know we have to stop him. But everybody probably says that."

Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer spent much of the aftermath of the loss Sunday explaining why Tomlinson didn't get the ball more, especially on the team's final drive.

The Chargers took over on their 34-yard line with 3 minutes, 1 second remaining in the game. They ran 12 plays - 11 passes to go with one run by Tomlinson that was wiped out by a holding penalty by wide receiver Keenan McCardell.

From first-and-goal from the Cowboys 7-yard line with 47 seconds left in the game, the Chargers threw four passes. Three were incomplete and the last pass was intercepted by Dallas' Aaron Glenn.

"You know, I think first of all we all recognize the fact if what you do turns out to produce a win, then it was the right thing to do," Schottenheimer said. "And if it turns out to be the wrong thing and you end up with a loss, then it's the wrong thing to do.

"Our sense was, at that point in time in the game, we felt as though our opportunity to score a touchdown was best served through the air. That's just the nature of our business."

Still, over the course of Tomlinson's career, the Broncos' success has lived, for the most part, at the century mark.

Tomlinson has only two 100-yard games against the Broncos, and San Diego has won them both, including his 113 yards in a 20-17 win in December that gave the Chargers the AFC West title.

In games where the Broncos have held Tomlinson to fewer than 100 yards, Denver is 5-1, with the only loss coming in Tomlinson's rookie season (2001).

"He's at least 60 percent of their offense and maybe Gates is 30 percent," said Broncos safety Marques Anderson, who faced Tomlinson in a season with the Oakland Raiders. "He's going to get the ball this week. Maybe they were just feeling out the offense or whatever against Dallas, but no question, he's getting the ball this week."

L.T. watch

The Broncos have faced Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson eight times, and he has rushed for at least 100 yards twice. The rundown:

Date Att. Yds TD Broncos result

9/2 6/04 22 60 0 W, 23-13

1 2/4/04 30 113 2 L, 20-17

9/1 4/03 16 93 0 W, 37-13

1 1/16/03 8 29 0 W, 37-8

1 0/6/02 14 48 0 W, 26-9

1 2/1/02 37 220 3 L, 30-27*

1 0/21/01 25 58 0 L, 27-10

1 1/11/01 14 75 0 W, 26-16* Overtime


Aug 8, 2005
I'm guessing LT will have over 150 yards in this weeks game. I think this year They might look at Mike Shannahan (sp) head because they looked horrible last Sunday. Jake Plummer sucks. they have alot of talent on the offense and can't move the ball. There defense is so so. The chargers will get their first win this week.


Sep 16, 2005
LT should have no problem racking up big numbers against Clev---er Denvers defensive line...


Aug 17, 2005
Run LaDanian Run!!! I think he will run for over 150 yards against the Broncos.


Sep 16, 2005
Denvers Dline is not very impressive,Their linebackers on the other hand are very impressive.Its hard to get to the edge against those guys.

But I am sure the best RB in the league should beable to hang a nice number on the Ponys.Good luck this week boys whoop them broncos real good.