Count LaDainian Tomlinson among the armchair psychologists trying to pinpoint what's wrong with Philip Rivers this season.
"When you're in your prime, everything slows down," Tomlinson said, according to the New York Daily News. "When you're in your prime, you really see the field well. You're in control out there. I don't know what Philip may be going through right now. But I will say, to me, he seems distracted for some reason. It just seems like he's distracted."
Before Rivers was The Man in San Diego, Tomlinson wore the crown during a celebrated nine-season run that included an NFL MVP award and five Pro Bowl selections. Given his history, Tomlinson understands the pressure that goes along with leading the way.
"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 said. "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."
If you sense a whiff of lingering resentment from Tomlinson, you're not alone. On Thursday night, Chargers general manager A.J. Smith called out his former star.
"I agree with what L.T. said about it's hard being the guy," Smith said, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune (via ProFootballTalk.com). "But I think it's a lot harder when it's no longer your team, and you're not the guy."
Rivers wasn't as personal, but he made it clear he's not buying what his former running back is selling.