Is It Finally Time for Ryan Mathews to Post a Signature Game?

September 23, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) in the tunnel during players introductions prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE


The 2012 season has not been what I would have hoped for in regards to the performance of Ryan Mathews. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I’d be willing to bet that there is a large number of others that had higher expectations for him as well.

Last year Mathews finished seventh in the league in yards from scrimmage while also posting the tenth highest rushing yards.

After missing the first two games of the year, Mathews made his debut against the Atlanta Falcons. He finished that game with 10 carries for 44 yards and a long of 7 yards. The stat that sticks out the most would obviously be the fumble that he had done in the red zone.

Mathews has shown that he is injury prone and has issues with holding onto the rock. One would hope that with proper coaching the fumbling issue would slowly start to subside. Having come into the 2012 season in tremendous shape, it was extremely disheartening to see him go down with the broken collarbone.

Ryan, at times, has shown exceptional explosiveness and an ability to hit the hole and go. Although he has some work to do in pass blocking, he has exhibited a great deal of ability in catching the ball out of the backfield when needed.

This is Ryan’s third year with the Chargers and he has yet to post that game that showcases his ability for the entire sixty minutes of a game. He has had some good performances against the Broncos and also managed to string together three straight games of 100 yards of rushing or more in 2011. That being said, Mathews has yet to have a run of over 39 yards. He has trouble with making the last guy miss which leads to huge plays becoming good plays.

I’ve been on the Mathews’ bandwagon since before he was drafted in the first round of the 2010 draft by the Bolts. I am nowhere near jumping off but I would really like to see him put up that signature game where he completely takes over and shows his true capabilities.

I’m not sure if the Tampa Bay game is the right setting for such a game, but we are all aware of the fact that a good portion of the fanbase is growing tired of his aforementioned issues. The Buccaneers are currently ranked number 1 in the league against the run defensively. They are only giving up an average of 77.2 yards a game in 2012.

In my opinion, if Mathews were to schedule a coming out party, this would be a great opportunity to do so against the number 1 run defense in the NFL. If you want to be the best you have to out perform the best.

We’ll know this Sunday if he is even headed in the right direction.


Thanks a lot for reading.









Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • bolthead612

    We’ll im tired of Ronnie Brown! Trust your first round pick, who was traded up to get. He’ll pay off, you just gotta allow him to! BOLT UP!!!

    • Ernie Padaon

      im tired of him also! every time he makes a catch, i wonder what ryan mathews could have done with that play. SIGH

  • Pels04

    Being out the the first two games definitely hurt his numbers. I cant knock on him too much for the 3 games after that because of his limited carries (ridiculous to only give him the ball between the 30′s btw) and Norv still isnt giving ryan the whole workload like we had all expected and hoped. Then again, thats Norv for ya.

  • Pete Spinning

    I think he will get better as the year goes on. I know what you mean about that last tackle! He needs to pull some shady McCoy style moves. I would love for him to break 100 on the Bucs, and outshine the buff little hamster.

    BTW -Did anyone get any pics of the BB crew at the KC game? Would love to check em ; )

    • Ernie Padaon

      I never met up with anyone… Phone died at the half and disnt know where to meet

    • Ernie Padaon

      I never met up with anyone… Phone died at the half and disnt know where to meet

      • Pete Spinning

        See what happens when I’m not there?!!! Was Jen or Callie there? I figure they might have taken some… Y’all are FIRED!!! J/K.. Lol.

  • syco kali

    It’s bad play calling, and wrong personal. Matches should be are running back. Our real running. Norv doesn’t use him enough. If he was used more he would have that signature game. He constantly shows flashes, but they’re only flashes cuz he’s on the sideline for the next 2 or 3 plays. He should get majority of the back work with battle giving him time to rest up. We can run the football, just need the right personal in the game. Thursday proved we can pass with the right group. If we keep our receiver from Thursday night. We will win the west, and our defense will carry us in the playoffs.

  • arnie

    Mathews will improve, when the O-line improves. his “talent” is keeping things interesting.

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