Agree with jonzr that LT still thinks LT can be the guy. Not sure why Pens would have us release FWP and cut MM to get LT, unless for cap reasons: who takes the RB3 spot then? Isaac Redman? Frank the Tank? Draft pick? Don't think I'd cut MM, period.
As a player, I've always enjoyed LT immensely. Plus we've pretty much shut him down cold every time we faced him, so little animosity there. But I have a feeling he's at that Edgerrin James stage, where you may think he can have some sort of Roman spring if he goes to another team, but it turns out reality is a cold hard bitch.
I'll put the over/under on LT's remaining career rushing yards at 1172. That's the difference between Bettis, at 5 on the all-time rushing list, and Tomlinson at 8.
5. Jerome Bettis 13,662
6. Eric Dickerson 13,259
7. Tony Dorsett 12,739
8. LaDainian Tomlinson 12,490
If you think LT's easily got the gas to pass Bettis, consider the top 10 active rushing leaders, their ages, and our perception of what they have left.
1. LaDainian Tomlinson (30), 12,490, 2001-2009
2. Edgerrin James (31), 12,246, 1999-2009
3. Fred Taylor (33), 11,540, 1998-2009
4. Jamal Lewis (30), 10,607, 2000-2009
5. Clinton Portis (28), 9,696, 2002-2009
6. Thomas Jones (31), 9,217 , 2000-2009
7. Ahman Green (32), 9,205, 1998-2009
8. Ricky Williams (32), 8,892, 1999-2009
9. Steven Jackson (26), 6,707, 2004-2009
10. Larry Johnson (30), 6,200, 2003-2009
Kinda puts it all into perspective, IMO. Steven Jackson can still run, but does anyone look at the guy and think he's not gonna break down? Thomas Jones still has some juice, but you get the feeling it's not long before the torch is passed. Portis seems older than 28, and he's another guy who just looks broken.
As for LT as coach, I just don't know. He could be a great coach or a terrible coach -- not sure if he can communicate the theory of what he does. For as freaky as he is, I almost think Ricky Williams might make a good RB coach. He might not be a guy who has the drill sergeant bark, but he might be a bit more cerebral than some of the other RBs out there.