After trading up to the #12 draft spot in the 2010 draft and picking up Ryan Mathews as our new franchise Running Back, both the Chargers organization and fanbase had extremely high expectations for him. Mathews posted a blazing 40 yard dash time, had a 36″ vertical, and could break the ankles of any college defender coming his way. In his rookie season in which most thought he would receive the offensive R.O.Y. award, Mathews suffered an ankle injury that kept him out part of the season. The second drawback to his 2010 campaign was that he had a bit of a ball control issue. He owned up to it and explained to both the organization and to the fans that coming into 2011 this would no longer be an issue.
I have full faith in this guy. He is by far the best running back in my opinion to fit our system. He has great hands, amazing speed, explosiveness, agility, and a pass blocking skill to help keep our airborne offense running at optimum pace! I have a high bar set in my head for him this next season and am fully confident that he will hurdle it with no issues. He now has a feel for the game, and has developed a chemistry in our offense. The one phenomenal ability that he has is the knack for staying upright, whether it be spinning out of a tackle or just bowling a defender over. He is a back that truly could run by you, jump over you, or knock you flat on your back. All I have to say is CHARGER FANS PREPARE: IN 2011 YOU ARE ABOUT TO WITNESS AN UNLEASHING OF THE ALL NEW CHARGERS RUN GAME!
For all you skeptics of Mathews talent and ability, then you obviously did not see his final games of the season where he went off on defenses! What a way to steamroll into 2011. Now if he can just hold onto the ball, we will be in great shape!
Check out this video of Sports Science showing just how explosive and powerful Ryan is. A true talent, a true competitor, a pure athlete, and a good guy on and off the field.