Per a post on ProFootballTalk.com, Ryan Mathews has now claimed that he has “no doubt” that he will be ready for the opening game of the regular season against Oakland. He made this claim during an interview with XtraSports 1560 on Thursday.
Despite the fact that neither myself nor Ryan are doctors, he and I both have opinions on the matter.
I also have no doubt in regards to this injury. However, I have no doubt that if the team even considers allowing him to play in week one then we are making a huge mistake.
I’ve made it clear that I like the depth we currently have at running back. Actually, I really like it. Although some of us have different combos and trios in mind, I think we can all agree that rushing Mathews back would be a big error on the part of Norv and company.
Additionally, I believe that we all would agree that having him for the long haul of a seriously tough schedule is far more important than him playing against Oakland.
Let me be clear that I am not forgetting about the Raiders. Oakland, with it’s speed on offense and bulk up front on defense, matches up really well with the Chargers. I am not, by any means, saying that the Raiders are a better team than our Bolts. I just want it to be known that I am not going to fall in line with some folks and take them for granted.
In conclusion, if by some miracle Mathews is fully healed and ready to go in the opener, I would still hope that we play it safe and let him continue to rehab. This is going to be an extremely pivotal year in regards to the future of this organization. That includes most of the coaching staff and many of the players. I think even Ryan and I could agree on that despite our disagreement on his status for week one.
Thanks a lot for reading.
P.S. San Diego here I come!