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Lessson Learned: Now Can We Trust Ryan Mathews?

There was a clear message sent out to Ryan Mathews on Sunday. His fumble against the Atlanta Falcons put landed on the end of the bench to start the game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Ryan had to watch Jackie Battle take the bulk of the carries and then watch Ronnie Brown take the 3rd down reps.

Don’t fumble that football! Lose the football, you lose playing time.

When does the punishment end? When does Ryan get another chance to show that he can hold onto the football? Then next time he puts the ball on the ground, will we see Jackie Battle be the starter the following week? What if Jackie fumbles?

It is easy to see that Ryan Mathews is the best running back on the team when he doesn’t put the football on the ground. He showed it in the final quarter of the game when he was trusted to close out the game.

The Chiefs defense knew the Chargers would be running the ball and Ryan Mathews was still able to gain yards. He led the team with 61 rushing yards and had 14 carries. Battle finished the game with 15 carries for 39 yards.

The bulk of the carries need to go to Ryan Mathews. He is the dynamic playmaker on offense and needs to get touches. Jackie is a perfect compliment in the goal line and short yardage situations.

Now, does Norv Turner think the same?

Norv said, “I like the mixture we had. I think every week we’re going to look at what gives us the best chance to win.” He also said that starting Jackie was not about sending a message, Jackie gave the team the best chance to win.

So, let’s see who gives the team the best chance to win the rest of the way out.

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  • VEazy

    Trust him? In the words of Jerry Butler (Roughly), “I wouldn’t leave him alone with my mother.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.vaux1 Richard Vaux

    jesus christ san diego does anyone truly beleive battle is any more then a journyman back who can contribute on this team but is no playmaker.mathews can be a huge playmaker if turner can figure out how to get him the ball in space.very good receiver and runs with athority.hes the chargers running back split him out motion him one back set him .rivers is not the same quarterback he misses sproles and lt.our receivers have to start making plays again.the chargers always have and should be known for their explosive offense.points on the board makes the defenses job alot easier

  • Pels04

    I call BS on Norv. No way does Battle give you a better chance at winning than Mathews and I don’t care who they are playing. Ya he fumbles every once in a while but not as bad as Adrian Peterson did. It’s fixable but you have to get the chance to fix it and you can’t fix it sittin on the bench

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon


    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      He needs the football and he needs it often. He will be a huge key for us this season. If he can be a top back, then we will be sitting pretty