The San Diego Chargers have been on a downward spiral following their 13-3 record during the 2009 NFL season. San Diego lost their only playoff game that season to the New York Jets, had a 9-7 record in 2010, an 8-8 record in 2011 and a 7-9 record in 2012. San Diego missed the playoffs the last three seasons.
Former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator and current Jets head coach Rex Ryan has no problem kicking a team while they are down. In 2011, Ryan told the media that he would have multiple rings if he was San Diego’s head coach instead of Norv Turner who held the position from 2007-2012.
According to Tom Krasovic of utsandiego.com, Ryan took another shot at San Diego by saying “Antonio Cromartie needed a change of scenery. From what I hear, he got to the point he was butting heads with a lot of people in San Diego. The front office (they seem to butt heads with a lot of guys), the coaches, the teammates – it just got real sour. Again, that stuff happens. They said he was a bad teammate, but I know otherwise.”
Cromartie was an All-Pro cornerback for San Diego in 2007, but played the 2008 season with a broken hip which happened in a game against the Carolina Panthers. Cromartie’s effort was questioned in a playoff loss to the Jets and he was traded to New York on March 4, 2010.
Ryan also said, “In the end, it seemed to me like L.T. didn’t feel appreciated there anymore. You don’t let that happen with great players. Trust me, if you treat guys like that, what does it say to the rest of the locker room? It’s like broadcasting the message: We don’t care how hard you work, we’re going to treat you like a piece of meat in the end.”
LaDainian Tomlinson spent nine of his 11 seasons with the Chargers where he led the NFL in rushing touchdowns three times, led the league in rushing yards twice and won an MVP award in 2006. Tomlinson was released and signed with New York after he averaged a career low 3.3 yards per attempt in 2009.
While I agree with Ryan about his Tomlinson comments, he was not there when Cromartie’s problems happened, so Ryan based his opinions on hearsay.