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Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

In an ESPN series, “5 In, 5 Out,” our experts think the Chargers are a strong candidate to roar back into the playoffs. In this video, Mark Schlereth and Herm Edward break down the Chargers’ chances.

It starts with 2011 first-round pick Corey Liuget. The end has progressed and the Chargers are expected to unleash him. Young nose tackle Cam Thomas is an underrated player who is solid. Fellow young player Vaughn Martin is coming into his own and he is a strong rotational player.

LaDainian Tomlinson has a penchant for telling the truth, even if it goes against the mold. The recently retired Chargers running back, who signed a one-day contract with the team last week before leaving the game for good, used an unorthodox line of logic in an NBC Sports Talk interview.

Now that LaDainian Tomlinson has officially closed the book on his NFL career, the next stop for the former San Diego Chargers star is Canton, Ohio. In his 11-year career, Tomlinson racked up 162 total touchdowns and more than 18,000 yards from scrimmage. He holds the NFL record for total touchdowns, rushing touchdowns and total points in a single season, among many other records. The video-game numbers LT put up during the prime of his career make him a lock for the Hall of Fame.

Sure, this stringent standard prevents some of the NFL’s most successful coaches from receiving proper recognition, but the expectations certainly are not changing in a game that celebrates winning at the highest level. Coaches with championship hardware are placed on a pedestal, while their lesser counterparts eventually land on the hot seat with the clock ticking on their respective tenures.

I’m not certain that you can overstate Norv Turner’s affect on the Dallas Cowboys “dynasty”. What isn’t stated enough, however, is that Norv came from relative obscurity and turned an underachieving bunch into the best offense in football.