|Tomlinson: Everyone needs to forget about last year|
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|Monday, 24 September 2007 15:50|
It's bad enough that his San Diego Chargers have started 1-2 and that he's basically been running in place.
What's really eating at the reigning league MVP is how people keep comparing this year's Bolts with last year's group that went an NFL-best 14-2 before flaming out in the playoffs.
After Sunday's 31-24 loss to Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, the Chargers have already lost as many games under Norv Turner as they did under the deposed Marty Schottenheimer in 2006.
``To be honest with you, I'm sick and tired of talking about last year because this is not last year,'' Tomlinson said Monday. ``People get caught up in what we did last year. This is not last year's team. This is this year's team. I'm sick and tired of talking about last year. Because it's a whole different team. We need to focus on this year's team and stop looking backward.''
Tomlinson didn't appear to be in a better mood Monday than he was on Sunday, when he acknowledged that he's lost and mystified by the Chargers' poor start.
When he met the media on Monday, he had a black cap pulled down practically over his eyes.
Tomlinson said he hears people talking all the time about the difference between this season and last, whether it's fans, the media, people close to the team and even family members.
``If we had won the Super Bowl we would still have the same questions, 'What's the difference?' Well, we didn't get it done last year,'' Tomlinson said. ``We've got to figure out how to get it done this year, and the only way we're going to that is to focus on what's going on right now.''
After getting embarrassed 38-14 at New England a week earlier, the Chargers let Favre throw for three touchdown passes to tie Dan Marino's career record of 420. While the defense was porous, the offense still couldn't launch Tomlinson downfield. After three games, he's rushed for only 130 yards and one touchdown on 57 carries, an average of just 2.3 yards per carry.
Last year he set NFL records with 31 TDs and 186 points, and won his first rushing title with 1,815 yards.
Tomlinson said the unexpected start should be a wakeup call for the Chargers, ``because you don't want it to continue in a downward spiral from 1-2 and find ourselves 1-5 and then all of sudden it's over. ``We have to definitely find a way to win one game.''
The Chargers host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in the first of three straight games against AFC West foes.
Tomlinson wasn't the only one bumming.
``It's a tough, tough day,'' general manager A.J. Smith said.