Why do some people want to bring in another running back after Ryan Mathews went down with an injury? It is not like he is gone for the entire season and there is nobody available that is much better than what we already have on the roster. We brought in these vets onto the roster for a reason and they will prove their worth immediately.
Ryan thinks that he can make it back for the opening game of the season, but we should all just assume that he will be wearing a baseball cap instead.
Ronnie Brown has taken a large chunk of carries in the past and he is more than capable of taking on the starting role for a few games. He was barely used last season, so he has been waiting for this opportunity to prove that he can still play in this league. He will be a factor in the passing game, catching balls out of the backfield or blocking and giving Philip extra time to hit his receivers down the field. The wildcat wrinkle will come into play as well, but Norv probably will not want to take the ball out of Philip’s hands too much.
Le’Ron McClain will be the battering ram to bust open holes and could be used in short yardage situations. Norv, he probably will use the smallest back on the roster for those 3rd and short situations though. McClain will get chances catching the ball out of the backfield and should get those carries on 3rd and 1 that Jacob Hester used to take from the fullback position.
Curtis Brinkley could be used in the mix also to give Brown a breather. He is a smaller back, but has been in Norv’s system for a few seasons now.
Brown, McClain and Brinkley will hold down the fort for a few games until Ryan is ready. The opener will be against the Raiders and they gave up the highest average yards per rush attempt last season, surrendering 5.1 yards per attempt. Game 2 is against Tennessee and they gave up the 9th most total rushing yards last season. We should be able to move the ball on the ground in those first two games, despite Ryan sitting sideline with the baseball cap.