According to Tom Krasovic of utsandiego.com, San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy asked Chargers all-time great LaDainian Tomlinson to address the players after practice.
Tomlinson told them “don’t worry about what everybody’s saying in terms of where the Chargers are going to finish in the AFC West. It really depends on what you want out of yourselves. If you commit to everyone and come to work every single day and commit to each other, you will exceed expectations.”
San Diego finished the 2012 NFL season with a 7-9 record and missed the playoffs for the third year in a row. This was mostly due to losing six games in which they had a lead, four of which happened in the fourth quarter. In comparison, the Denver Broncos finished with a 13-3 record and won the AFC West with only one loss in which they had a lead.
If San Diego was only able to hold most of their leads in 2012, they could have made the playoffs.
Tomlinson may have a point with San Diego having a shot to exceed expectations because they were not that far away at times last year, despite the 7-9 finish.
San Diego could get off to a strong start like they did in 2011 and 2012 because in their first five games, the Houston Texans are the only team they will play that had a winning record in 2012. The Lightning Bolts have to avoid their collapses like the six-game losing streak in 2011, and losing seven of eight games after starting 3-1 last season.
Tomlinson’s tenure with San Diego did not end the way that it should have before he signed with the New York Jets in 2010. However, he retired as a Charger and his words of encouragement could mean a lot to the younger players and some of his former teammates.