This was originally going to be my own hate-filled rant about Chargers’ GM AJ Smith and his growing Woody Hayes-like insanity. Instead, I’ll just let Yahoo!’s Michael Silver say it for me:
“Make no mistake: Deciding whether Tomlinson will remain with the Chargers, at least privately, is part of Smith’s job. Snidely tweaking LT in public, whether it’s an attempt to bait him into asking for a trade or simply a glimpse into Smith’s power-mad psyche, is part of the reason his job should be in jeopardy.
It leads you to believe that A.J. stands for Antagonistic Jerk.”
Maybe Smith was just joking when he mimicked LT’s “I have no intention of leaving San Diego” quote because it’s just so absurd the Chargers would cut ties with the most beloved player in franchise history.
But given his history of being a pompous ass (see Schottenheimer, firing of), and his non-denial of the LT rumors, it’s more likely Smith is mocking LT and everyone else who has an intense interest in whether Tomlinson returns or not.
Smith was always a great talent evaluator and assembler of teams, but he got so good at it ”The Lord of No Rings” has become too arrogant even for Southern California. So let me address him directly:
Mr. Smith, I thank you for your years of service and the excellent job you did assembling a 14-2 team and then purposely destroying that same team in a fit of pique. I also thank you for getting rid of any talent we had at middle linebacker and along the offensive line. Trust me, you’re not as good as you think you are. And if you cut, trade, or otherwise get rid of LaDainian Tomlinson, all you’ll do is prove you’re the most massive tool in the toolbox. Check yourself, fuckbag.