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Beat Freak Post: Charles Fumbled Twice, Should He Get Mathews Treatment?


If you have not checked out the Bolt Beat facebook page, go on there and give it some love. There is lots of action on there and people have been getting more and more involved in writing on the bolt beat wall.

I enjoy a lot of the opinions on the wall and will start sharing selected posts from our facebook page to the site. Bolt Beat fans don’t need to get stuck with just my opinion OR Booga OR ChargerGirl Cindi OR Lord of the Gregs OR any of our cast of characters.

Anyway, here is an opinion from Pete Spinning:

So… I know that is their team, and we have ours…. but, after watching Jamaal Charles (arguably the best RB in the league) put the ball on the ground twice in one game.. put #24′s fumble into perspective at all? I know a lot of people are calling for Battle to start, but should KC bench Charles after that, like we did to Mathews? I know the circumstances are different, but I am just curious what folks think after seeing today’s game.

SB Nation has a section called Fan Posts for this type of stuff and we don’t have anything built in like that here yet. If you want your thoughts heard, write on our wall and we will start sharing some of those out.

My comment back to Pete:

Maybe Romeo Crennel should consider benching Jamaal Charles for most of the game next week. He obviously has an issue putting the ball on the ground. Do they have someone that can gain 2 yards per carry, but can get the ball in the end zone? Yea, go ahead and start Peyton Hillis instead.

Also, maybe the GM should go to the public and tell people that Jamaal should get his act together OR he will be somebody else’s fumbler. Sounds like an excellent plan to boost Jamaal’s confidence.

In the end, we won the football game and putting Ryan Mathews at the end of the bench did not hurt in that perspective. We just have to see how Ryan responds to his little punishment.

Tags: San Diego Chargers

  • http://www.facebook.com/pete.spinning Pete Spinning

    Awesome! Thanks Big Ern… I just thought it was a little bit reactionary to put Mathews on the bench, despite the fumble. I know he’s had problems.. but, when you take into account the injury, the rust, and the fact that he played well for his first game back otherwise.. it just seemed a little bit stiff to me. Get the ball to #24, so he can get some game time. Benching him after one red zone fumble isn’t going to help you figure out if he can be the guy we all want him to be. And guess what? We were going to lose that game anyway, and nobody has beaten Atlanta yet. The whole team was a mess that day, not just Ryan. If he does it again.. THEN bench him… luckily Battle was good enough to get some VERY short yardage TD’s in KC… but overall, his yardage wasn’t anything to bet the farm on. I just wanted to point out that KC stuck with Charles, and had patience.. we bailed out on our RB, and embarrassingly benched him. Even elite backs can put the ball on the ground.. in this case, Jamaal did it twice in the first half. Still their starter. I don’t get the move to bench Mathews at all, honestly.