If the relationship between the Chargers and RB LaDainian Tomlinson deteriorates any further, somebody will resort to “unfriending” the other on Facebook.
The Chargers and Tomlinson shed tears and romanticized the past when the two parted ways in February, but things have grown contentious lately.
Tomlinson blamed the organization for putting the focus on the pass during an interview Thursday night. Chargers general manager A.J. Smith then took some subtle jabs — and not-so-subtle jabs, according to your perspective — when talking to the San Diego Union-Tribune on Friday.
Smith told the Union-Tribune that he did hear of Tomlinson’s comments, but he didn’t directly address his former player’s assertion. But Smith did address the departure of many high-profile players, including Tomlinson and CB Antonio Cromartie, who both joined the Jets this offseason.
“I’m not concerned,” Smith said. “I’m just excited about the upcoming year and looking forward. Having outstanding players throughout your team is vital to winning a championship, no doubt about that. But having the right team and trying to put that team together is the ultimate challenge and it’s a yearly challenge. Because it’s the team that will win a world championship — not a bunch of individuals who happen to be extremely talented and focused on themselves first.
“We are looking to build that ultimate team, and will continue to do so until we get it right.”
Tomlinson’s image has taken some hits in recent years, starting with him calling out the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick after a loss in the 2006 divisional playoffs. Tomlinson and Smith traded words before last season, but they seemed to work everything out for one last run, which again ended in a disappointing playoff loss.