Sep 30, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Jackie Battle (44) rushes for yardage against Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher (59) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

Should the Bolts Replace Ryan Mathews with Jackie Battle Permanently?

September 30, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA;San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) catches a pass in the first quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE




No, no, and hell no.  If you, as a fan, are completely unaware of what Ryan Mathews brings to the Chargers’ offense, in comparison to Battle, you are very sadly mistaken.

Battle has no lateral movement whatsoever.  Although he is fast for his size, he has very little acceleration.  He’s got it floored but has trouble achieving full speed.

I have watched this game while on Twitter for the first time.  The ignorance in regard to the “running back battle,” is more abundant than the lack of common sense in the world that we live in today.

We all have our opinions.  But if you are incapable of seeing how significantly important Mathews is to this offense…… I can’t help you.

I’m watching him explode right now as we speak.  To all of the Jackie Battle “fans,” let’s hope that you aren’t blind to these plays as well.  If you are you aren’t seeing what will be a great running back for years to come.


Thanks a lot for reading.





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  • Pete Spinning

    Aaaaaaaaaamen to that!

    • #TheBoltFather

      :) Thanks bro! I can’t wait for the trolls… well who caught that TD pass from Rivers?? lmao!

  • blu3ny3llow

    Noooooooo……we smart people know they should be a tag team……BOLTZ UP HATERZ DOWN

    • #TheBoltFather

      Agreed. Battle is a decent complimentary piece for sure. Love the “BOLTZ UP HATERZ DOWN.” Very cool.

  • arnie

    No. Ryan should be allowed to continue to earn his place as starting RB. and that should be taken as “dependable” for whatever they asked him to do. Battle is here to do what he’s doing now, being a dependable “back-up”. right now Battle is exceeding those expectations, which give the chargers more options. but seen asa replacement to RM24.

    • arnie

      that should read, ” but NOT seen as a replacement to RM24″.

  • Pete Spinning

    Fact… Mathews had 4.35 yards per carry, and Battle had 2.6 per carry. I know the stats don’t always tell the whole story, but #24′s plays were more explosive. Not to discount Battle’s two TD’s whatsoever, but its pretty hard to ignore math. (Cue the “garbage time” comments… lol).

    • Farticus Crowley Crew

      Your absolutely right, stats never tell the whole story. It wasn’t that long ago the Chargers had the #1 offense and #1 defense during the same season, but they never made it to the big show. You can have 200 yards of rushing in a game, but if none of those yards end up in points, you have nothing.

  • Farticus Crowley Crew

    How many #1 round draft picks have been busts in the NFL? I keep hearing that Ryan Mathews is the future of the Chargers, but could it be possible he is a bust? When he is not coughing up the ball at critical moments (which has been a problem since he got into the league), he’s hurt. This season Battles has four touchdowns and Mathews has ZERO. Norv needs to put in players that produce, take care of the ball, and win games, it’s as simple as that! If a “back up” player is playing better then the starter, why wouldn’t you start him?

    • Pels04

      Fumbling issues can be solved i.e. Adrian Peterson. He, like Mathews is worth the wait. Mathews has the talent to be one of the best RB’s in the league and its obvious if you watch him play.