Sep 22, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) is defended by Atlanta Falcons defensive back Dominique Franks (29) on the third quarter run at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Should the Chargers Limit Ryan Mathews Carries?

San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews is known for a couple of things: Injuries and fumbles. So far his 2012 season has far form changed that perception.

In his first carry in the preseason, Ryan Mathews was lost for 6 weeks after breaking his clavicle. We didn’t see him back on the field until last Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

In his first game back, Ryan put the ball on the ground at the goal line. That fumble flipped all the momentum in the game and we didn’t score a touchdown the whole day.

Now, in the recent presser with Coach Norv Turner, Turner hinted at the possibility of limiting Ryan to try and prevent situations where he could lose the football. When does Ryan lose the football though? All the time!

In red zone situations last year, the ball was going to Mike Tolbert. He didn’t exactly have the cobra clutch on that football either.

Are we going to give the ball to Jackie Battle and Curtis Brinkley more in the red zone?

When Battle gets the ball in that area, we know he is going to try and run people over up the middle. The oppposing defense knows the same. Will our offensive line be able to overpower the opposing teams? Have you seen our offensive line lately?

Curtis Brinkley is a shifty back, but he isn’t going to break tackles. How many of us still complain that we were trying to hand the ball off to Darren Sproles on a short yardage situation only to get stuffed by Ray Lewis?

Our best back is Ryan Mathews. He has worked hard this offseason in order to correct some of his issues and needs to be given more than one game to prove that he can produce. Our special teams last season gave up a touchdown return on the first kickoff, but then settled down after that and looked good after that.

Don’t let his first game of the season change the original plans. He fumbles again this weekend, then we can talk, but don’t stop feeding him.

When Ryan has the ball, he is able to gain yards where nobody else on our roster could. He is the combination of Brinkley and Battle that needs to get the football and needs the confidence of his teammates and coach. Give him the football!

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  • bolthead612

    I couldn’t agree more! Let him prove himself before you jump to conclusions and take carries away! BOLT UP RM24!!!

    • Ernie Padaon

      i just saw the facebook comments on this post and looks like you and me are part of the minority

    • Saul Lopez

      I’m with bolthead612. Not ready to give up on him yet (but very very close).

  • James P Derrick

    Last year, they had Tolbert & #24 split Carries, why don’t they do that now that they have Battle??? That’s the problem with Norv….keeps getting too finesse hungry…
    When the O Line gets fixed, that’s when the rest of the O will be better…

  • James Carr

    hell no don’t limit him for having one fumble after missing the first 2 games of the season. they limited his carries afteer that fumble that’s y we had 3 f’in points.

    • Ernie Padaon

      BOOM TOWN!

  • John

    Did they limit LT when he had 11 fumbles in 32 games to start his career?

  • arnie

    I’ll be brief. Ryan Mathews should “EARN” more carries. when he shows he can take care of the football, an take care of his health, he should get more carries.

  • Placesandspaces

    Fumbles are not new to Matthews. I am not saying he cost San Diego the game but it was key in the downside. Can’t have red zone turnovers. He can’t stay on the field doing that stuff.