Will Ryan Mathews finally Bring It?

All is quiet on the Chargers home front. No ripples made in the water aside from a few training camp signings and the start of Organized Team Activities. Quiet is a good thing. No contract squabbling like we had with Vincent Jackson last season. No rushing rookies through an abbreviated preseason meat grinder. No arrests. It’s business as usual in San Diego and no news is good news at this point. None of our impact players have been lost for the season with some freak injury. No one is making bold Super Bowl predictions. The talking heads all over tv and social media are taking us for granted to the point some of the so-called EXPERTS are picking KANSAS CITY to win the west.


You can’t get more under the radar than that. The Greg One is excited to see all the big name free agents the Chargers signed to…um nevermind. Bringing back Ladainian Tomlinson to mentor Ryan Mathews was a true stroke of…oh, that didn’t happen either? Well, finally signing Vincent Jackson to a well-deserved long term…he went to Tampa Bay?? That’s where careers go to die!! Oh well…Well, at least Norv and AJ Smith are finally gone and…they’re still here? Damn. Your friend The Greg One is about to get out of the opinion writing business because whatever he asks to happen, management seems to do the opposite! To have just one day as Charger GM…That may be a column for another day.

The most interesting quote i’ve heard is from Norv Turner saying Ryan Mathews could lead the league in rushing this season. As if there were any reason to question myself and the rest of Charger Nation calling for his head after last season, this only adds another exclamation point to the end of the sentence. We’re all fans of Mathews but leading the league in rushing? It may be time to lower the dosage on Norv’s meds. All of us will be happy if he can just keep his grip on the ball when the Chargers are in the red zone. More importantly, to win the rushing title one would have to stay ON THE FIELD! Too many leg injuries have hampered his productivity and ability to help the team. Time to update the weight training, agility drills, something…The Greg One loves Ryan Mathews, sees his huge potential, love how he puts up MONSTER games against the Broncos, even drafts him for his fantasy team but lets keep it real. If Mathews can stay healthy all season and not miss games with the new weapons the Chargers have added at wide receiver, he could have an excellent season. I’m sure this is what Norv is thinking as well but this offense is not predicated on giving Mathews the ball 300 times in a season like Atlanta’s offense is based around Michael Turner.

However, it is preseason and tis the season for hyperbole, so Norv, you get a pass on this one. Know your role, coach up the new talent and lets make the freaking playoffs or The Greg One will be calling for your head once again. On second thought, seeing as how management likes to go opposite field on my columns…maybe I won’t and leave those pieces to another staffer. Bolt up, Charger Nation!

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  • CindiSpears

    I like how you refer to yourself in the article.  Reminds me of Seinfeld.  ha ha  And YES, Mathews is going to BRING IT!

    • LordOfTheGregs

       @CindiSpears Thank you Cindi, The Greg One is close enough to The Great One without it being gimmick infringement. Lol. I hope you’re right and Mathews gets it done!

  • JoanMM

    Neither Rosario nor McMichael will be out… Now, Sperry…Has practice squad written all over him…

  • biggsybolt

    Even injured and the fumbles #24 wasn’t to far off last year. He will do it this year. On your point of singing VJax, he wanted out and it showed, not to mention having a DIVA is detrimental to the team. Why bring back would have cost too much. It’s time to get over last years issues and move forward!

    • Bleu

      @biggsybolt I hate to say this because I was one of the main Boltheads sayn sign VJ but I think the losses of VJ actually helped us more than it hurt us……. it freed up cap space to get meachem, royal , JJ, Mcclain , and resign some key pieces we already have on our roster. my only gripe with VJ was his lack of yac which is something meachem is great at, and also I don’t like recievers who catch with there body instead of there hands…… also we lacked a good reciever in the slot now we have ERoyal. we came out on top and brought another dimension, to our passing attack

      • LordOfTheGregs

         @Bleu  @biggsybolt I’m finally coming around to your way of thinking Bleu and Biggy. I am a BIG  Meachem fan and I think he will do serious damage as a full time starter. I still hated to see VJ leave but this season will show if AJ was right in letting him go.

  • RMainwaring

    Remember Tiki Barber had fumble problems but he was able to fix it. Ryan Mathews can do the same. The one thing he needs to fix is that sometimes he carries the ball away from his body as he’s trying to make his moves.  I’m expecting Mathews to have a monster year as long as the O line does their job. 

  • Bleu

    lead the league in rushing? I dont think thats going to happen based on us not being a running team. I do think he will be a to ten back this season which is beautiful based on the fact that atleast 5 rb on that list can’t even seriously consider making the playoffs next season. as long as he can hold onto the ball and make a few more big plays which I believe he will based on the fact tolbert is gone and now we have more of a conventional smashmouth fb leading the way for him. also the oline should be better this season that should give him a better opportunity to make big plays……… BOLT UP RM24 ITS TIME!

  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    He better bring it!! But leading the league in rushing is crazy talk

  • Jeff Caddell

    Yes he will!!

  • Borderdoc

    TheGregOne, are you a writer? If not, well you should be because you article is simple and funny, much better that some other printed words from a well know San Diego newspaper who seem to be more sheep than shepherd.

    • LordOfTheGregs

       @Borderdoc Thanks for the props borderdoc. I’ve been writing since I could hold a pen, I just do it for free when its for my favorite team! If there ever is an opening at that paper, I will camp out at the editors office door til I get that spot!!

  • MikeTuck

    SI; enough already, he’s improved both years and he’s played as a twin back until now. Mathews is the workhorse type, the more touches the better he’ll give you. If Turner gives him the touches Tomlinson got you’ll see how good this guy can be and he will be in the pro Bowl this year. There’s been to much made about the injury bug, the transition from college to pro is realizing these guys hit alot harder, are much faster and you don’t run over LB’s unless you have to. Mathews for as many touches as he’s gotten has a good YPC. More touches he’ll break a few more a game.

  • MikeTuck

    Also Bolt Beat Fans!! Remember some time back I stated I thought Mathews would be a Marcus Allen type runner reciever for us and I thought he’d put up hall of fame numbers. Well here it is for you.
      1982 Marcus Allens first year 697 yrds 11 TD’s 4.4 avg.   & 5 fumbles   9 Games
      1983     ”          ”        2nd year 1014 yrds 9 TD’s 3.8 avg.  & 14 fumbles.  16 Games
      1984     ”          ”        3rd year  1168 yrds 13 TD’s and a 4.2 avg. 8 fumbles   16 Games
    RYAN Mathews   2010 1st year 678 yrds  7TD’s 4.3 avg.   5 fumbles    12 Games
                                2011  2nd year 1091 yrds 6 TD’s 4.9 avg.  5 fumbles  14 Games
    So you see the fumbling thing is just that, a new experience in the pros and having to learn, I didn’t include the recieving #’s but they’ll be similar I’ll bet on it. Mathews YPC is better and Allens biggest year was his 4th in which he had 1759 yrds running and 555 recieving. Mathews in the open is illusive and powerfull and with Rivers he’ll get his catches. All  I’m saying is don’t read into the press, alot of runners have had far worst first few years. But Mathews is ahead of the game of the person I compared him to. With luck and Al Davis not to argue with we might have our all purpose back for the next10-12 years at least.