Ryan Mathews was out nursing a busted clavicle for the first 2 weeks of the season and then made his debut in week 3. In week 3, he was THE MAN. He took 77% of the snapsm but he put the ball on the ground in that game and has been battling to get that much playing time since. He didn’t even start in week 4 and 5. In week 6, he finally was the starter again, but he still was splitting time with Ronnie Brown… Ronnie Fricking Brown!
Check this graph and notice how little gold is showing through:
Norv needs to start trusting Ryan again with playing time. Norv might as well walk over to the other sideline and tell them that we are going to pass when Ronnie is in the game. Ronnie has only run the ball 14 times in the 130 snaps he has seen. He has 53 total rushing yards, while Jackie Battle had 52 on one carry! Ronnie is a threat catching the football, but so is Ryan.
When the Chargers were trying to mount a comeback from the meltdown on Monday Night, Ronnie was getting those snaps while Ryan was watching. Late in the 4th quarter, it was Ronnie who they trusted.
Why is our best offensive threat sitting on the sideline during a crucial part of the game? Is it because we are afraid of the fumble? If that is the case, then we better take Philip out of the game too.
Can we take the leash off now?
What does Norv see in Ronnie? Ronnie is the same guy that lost the starting job to Curtis Brinkley in week 2. He was placed on the inactive list as a healthy player in week 3, when Ryan first returned from injury. He was put at the end of the bench in Philadelphia last year. He is stealing playing time.
At the beginning of the year, there was hype that Ryan was going to take the lion’s share of the running back duties, but now he finds himself splitting time again. Last year, he was splitting time with Mike Tolbert. Why does Norv hate him? WHY!?
Ryan and Melvin Ingram should chat on the sideline and figure out why the coaching staff does not want to use their talent.
Maybe, I should just take a chill pill.