LaDainian Tomlinson led the talk of his team not having heart. He was very candid in his remarks and one has to wonder what is behind the veiled comments.
Maybe it is a ploy to get some adrenaline and emotion going for the upcoming game against San Francisco.
Maybe it is intended as a gut check for the team coming off two consecutive losses.
Or could it be that Tomlinson is disturbed by the trend and he does not think there is an end in sight.
"For us to give up like that at the end is just disappointing," said running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who gained 120 rushing yards on 24 carries to go with one touchdown. "It's very surprising to me because that shows what kind of heart we have."
Did Tomlinson think he did enough as a player to win the game? Is it the coaching he is expressing disappointment with, or possibly the defense for not holding the lead? Maybe he wanted the ball in his hands at the end of the game as most special playmakers do. It sounds like he blames the defense and the coaches in one swoop.
"Obviously, we don't have the kind of heart that a lot of people think we have. We can't even finish the dang game off and put the team away. Losing a game like this, it comes down to heart and attitude," Tomlinson added. "We've got to be able to finish a game like that. To let a team come back from 10 down in three or four minutes, it's sad to me. It's sad. That's how I feel."
"What I hope happens from here is guys get pissed off and realize what the heck we've got to do to win games. If it's a Super Bowl team, you've got to play four quarters. I don't know exactly what happened to us at the end. But we folded. That's the bottom line. We folded as a team at the end."
Maybe Tomlinson is just speaking out of frustration as he includes team in his last quote. Still the edge he spoke with lends one to believe he may have more to say, especially if it continues.
Putting more emphasis on the meltdown, the Rams had no timeouts over the final 17 minutes and no Marshall Faulk over the final 11.
"Everybody will say we should have won it," tight end Stephen Alexander said. "But that's why they play it for 60 minutes and don't cut it short. We didn't take care of business late in the game, plain and simple."
Now those comments can be interpreted in a number of ways and the truth is no one took care of business. The team failed in this one, but for sure Tomlinson did not think he was one of those failing members.
Tomlinson also spoke out on the dropped pass of receiver Tim Dwight early in the fourth quarter.
"It would have sealed it, obviously," running back LaDainian Tomlinson said pointedly.
"It's kind of shocking the way it ended for us," Brees said. "I think any time you look at the percentages, any time your defense scores two touchdowns, I think the chances of the other team winning are probably like 5 percent. So, this is the game that is that 5 percent."
Shocking that no one else is reporting on this potential disaster in the locker room. Listen to Coach Schottenheimer in our article about his questionable play calling and you know he has no faith in his kicking game or his offense yet somehow he had faith in a defense that allowed 524 yards on the day.
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