Tomlinson says Rivers looks distracted

Former San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson weighed in on his former teammate Philip Rivers' fumble that helped cost the Chargers a Monday night game in Kansas City.

Tomlinson, now a member of the New York Jets, told the Newark Star-Ledger that Rivers looks distracted.

"I don't know what Philip may be going through right now," Tomlinson said. "But I will say, to me he seems distracted, for some reason. Like on the sideline, he seems like he's just distracted. And I've always said this: It's hard to be 'the guy.' When they say this is your team, it's hard to be the guy, because you get all the questions of what's wrong and what's right.

"And then you get your teammates who expect certain things from you, and when that doesn't happen, you get strange looks in the locker room. 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, too."

Once those comments went public, Chargers GM A.J. Smith responded to Tomlinson's comments to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

“I agree with what LT said about it’s hard being the guy,” Smith said. “But I think it’s a lot harder when it’s no longer your team, and you’re not the guy.”

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