New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson knows what it’s like to be the face of the Chargers, which means he may be one of the few people who can accurately speak to the struggles that quarterback Philip Rivers is facing in San Diego this season.
Tomlinson, the Chargers’ all-time leading rusher, told NFL.com that his former teammate, Rivers, looks distracted on the field. According to Tomilson, the pressure of being the leading-man role be getting to the former Pro-Bowler.
"I always said this: It's hard to be the guy on the team. When they say this is your team. It's hard to be that guy now," Tomlinson told NFL.com. "Because you get all the questions of what's wrong and what's right. Then, you get your teammates that expect certain things from you. When that doesn't happen, you get strange looks in the locker room. So it's hard to be that guy when it's your team. So that may have a little bit to do with what's going on."
Through seven games this season the usually accurate Rivers has thrown four more interceptions than touchdowns and has posted a career low 80.7 passer rating. Last season he threw for 30 touchdowns and just 13 interceptions while posting a 101.8 quarterback rating, which ranked second in the league.
Tomlinson played with Rivers for six season in San Diego before signing with the New York Jets as a free-agent.