Chargers RB Ryan Mathews Was Complacent And He Thinks He Gets Hit Too Much

December 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) is tackled by Carolina Panthers defensive back Josh Thomas (22) after running for a first down during the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Mathews was complacent. I guess he was comfortable with the fact that he has missed the playoffs every single season since he has been on the roster. I guess it was the same old song and dance for Ryan.

“I think we were just complacent,” Mathews said Friday on ‘NFL AM.’ “The time that we spent there — we spent a lot of time there — it was the same thing over and over again. There wasn’t anything new.

“I think he did everything he could to try to make us win, no doubt about it. I just think we really got complacent to where we were and what we were doing and thought we were owed to win games.”

“We all had the talent,” Mathews said. “I think it was just going through the same routine, doing the same thing over and over again. You go there and you do what you gotta do to get ready for practice, go to practice, get out of practice.

“It was kind of just a routine thing, it wasn’t something new. I think the new coaches being in here is going to be good for us.” – NFL.com

Thanks Ryan for your expert opinion. I am sure the rest of the locker room will be glad that you spoke up for them and said that they all just tuned out Norv Turner and were complacent. Were they complacent? Maybe. Do you tell the rest of the world? Nope.

I hope Mike McCoy has something new to say in three years or Ryan is going to start tuning you out. Maybe Ryan was right though and that is why Tom Telesco is clearing house.

Mathews was also asked about his injuries and here was his response to that one:

“Everyone always ask me if I am made of glass,” Mathews said. “I just need to stop taking so many hits, quit fighting for extra yards when I don’t need to. It has been a little bit of bad luck too. I broke both my collarbones and that’s rare.” – Pro Football Talk

Need to stop taking hits and stop fighting for extra yards?!?!? MUTHA@@#&($*&(@!!!!!! Ever see a runningback go down with a quarterback slide?

Please Ryan, step away from the mic. I still think Ryan can put up yards, but the things he says makes me want to punch the fool.

Topics: Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers

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  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Good God, I didn’t hear that last part until now. So he is saying he is going to stop fighting for extra yards? Isn’t that a cry for a benching? lol why the hell would you say that?

    In the 3rd round of the 2013 NFL draft the San diego Chargers select “wait there’s a post it note on this selection” The Chargers new starting running back is……. (enter name here)

    MM & TT aren’t going to like this….

    • RussinSactown

      Can we trade him for a 3rd to someone? Anyone?

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        I know right!

        • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

          I’m 100% down for that, Danny Woodhead’s running around his apartment doing the Kirk Gibson elbow thrust over and over right now lol

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

            HA! This…

  • RussinSactown

    I get hit too many times? I need to stop fighting for more yards? I’m sure that idea would hve gone over great at Fresno State! Complacency? Ryan’s nailed it!

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      who was it that lowered his head and it looked like the defender and Ryan both died on the play last year? I can understand hits like that but hit’s in general………..Whaaaaa

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

        That hit was B-R-U-T-A-L… luckily, Ryan came out of it on the winning end… just a stiff neck.

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

    HAHAHAHA!!!! I hadn’t posted my “Don’t ruin NFL AM for me” comment for thirty seconds, and here you are ruining it, Ernie.. gee thanks J/K.
    When I heard it on the TV that Mathews was the one they were interviewing for NFL AM, and NFL Total Access “State of the Franchise” I cringed! Mainly because.. I don’t mean to be a dick… but, Mathews seems dumber than a bag of rocks to me!!!! It doesn’t surprise me that he said these things. I can’t even really hold it against him because he probably doesn’t mean to hurt with these comments, and has the utmost respect for his teamates…. he is just THAT dopey! Every interview I see of him, he seems kind of “DUH”! He was blonde for a minute there, remember? LMAO!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      hahahaha… i tried to warn you on the comments. sorry..:)

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      I just watched the whole thing because of this comment, your right dude.

      “Um um I think it’s going to be a little more simpler, running the ball more (smile)” – Ryan asked what he thought Whiz’s offense was going to be like.

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

        Right?!!! I just hope he doesn’t crash his car on the way back from L.A. = /

  • Steve Diaz

    Really? Taking too many hits? Looks like Woodhead will be having more carries this season. Matthews doesn’t sound too motivated, so I do hope the new coaching staff whips him into shape, or this may be his last year in San Diego.

  • Rob Base

    Dude put his foot in his mouth for sure he better produce cause I bet Telesco has a replacement in mind. Thing that sucks is my kids won’t give up on him they have a picture of his first TD with his rookie card hanging in the room. grrrrr get away from

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

    Look, Ryan is not the quickest of cats, on the best of days, when it comes to the media. I haven’t seen the piece yet… but, he is probably just regurgitating what Norv & his RB coaches kept telling him last year They said he puts himself into bad positions, by taking hits he shouldn’t, when he should get the hell out of bounds. I watched a piece last offseason (I believe) where they were showing LT getting out of bounds, instead of diving head first into an oncoming defender. Mainly, the piece was on “how to have a longer career in the NFL as a RB”. They were basically saying LT had a long & great career by not being an idiot, and showed shots of Ryan trying to get an extra yard in that situation, and taking a beating. It probably just came out wrong, because he is a blockhead, that’s all.. lol.

    • JoseSD

      I saw the promo last night so I DVRrd the show. anyone who has seen a post game interview of his knows Mathews isn’t the most charismatic guy. He spoke softly, you could barely hear him, he stuttered and mumbled a lot and was looking down at the desk most of the time. When he said I should stop fighting for extra yards I cringed. I did like however that he didn’t throw his teammates under the bus. When they asked what’s wrong with Philip he just said that Philip is a competitor trying to win. We all know the real answer is the o line sucks, AJ was to stupid to draft competent back UPS and let his ego get in the way in retaining players like VJax and sproles, Norv and his predictable play calls. He gave the good publicity friendly answers. If I could give Ryan advice I’d say next time they ask you to be in studio for the show he should decline

  • BlueBoltFan

    Did everyone miss the part about not fighting for extra yards “when he doesn’t have to”? Many of his injuries (and fumbles) come when he’s stacked up–effectively stopped–but won’t go down because he’s fighting for an extra half yard. Yeah, yeah, Adrian Peterson does it because AP can. Mathews, God bless him, ain’t All Day. No one is. I think it’s a good honest assessment about what he’s been doing wrong in his young career.

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

      I agree. Like I said in my post above, they have been telling him to do that. He’s just repeating what they have told him. LT was smart enough to fight another day when he had to, and he is known for being one of the least injured backs in history.

      • JoseSD

        And LT knew when to step out of bounds

      • Sergio Quintero

        We all love LT, but lets be honest on LT by the ’09 season if he didn’t see a hole he would drop to the ground on the fetal position and give up on quite a bit of runs. So Ryan wants to be smarter on the end of runs, its not the smartest political position, but it probably the best strategy.

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

          One thing is for sure, we have him for one more season. So, for somebody who broke two collarbones last year… He needs to take LT’s example seriously… Lol.

  • davacho

    my blood was boiling this morning watching that ish… unbelievable.

  • Cgoodness13

    I think what he means was “the oline sucked and I had to run up the middle every first down predictably”

    • RussinSactown

      But of course if he says “The o line sucked” he’ll never get a block again…

      • arnie

        Again? He didn’t gets blocks the first time. Lol
        Keep this in mind, Mathews ran behind the same line LT got nicked up and complained about.

        • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

          Exactly! I have been arguing about this for awhile now. He didn’t get blocks. Neither did LT. We don’t know (NORV) how to use these guys and they get beat up or complain and it’s their fault.

          Norv was no guru running this team or calling plays. We all know he pretty much stunk, And he stunk every place he was at.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

        Seriously. Who has blocked for the RB on the Chargers? Let’s be realistic.

        • arnie

          Nobody has filled that void since aj an norv sent Lo’Neal packing.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      hahahaha… amazing!

  • Cgoodness13

    He also said “their was a lack of intensity”. I think he was pretty much saying “norv was a terrible coach, we should have made it in the playoffs”

    • RussinSactown

      If he said that, people would line up around the block to buy him beer. He should say that.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Hey Ryan, next interview you do ask for the questions before hand so you can go over them with your agent. He should have said.

    “When I need to get those extra yards I’ll try to stretch my arm out while heading out of bounds, something like that could help my career and the team”

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

      Exactly! If I were Telesco & McCoy.. or anybody on the team, for that matter… I would have been like “You’re getting interviewed twice by NFL Network tomorrow?.. HOLD ON! I’ll be there in 5 minutes.. don’t go anywhere”. They need to coach him up before he talks.. lol.

  • Aaron Johnson

    Maybe im confused but dont you have to be on the field to take too many hits? Im not sure what he is referring to with all the games he has missed.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      You’re not confused.. Haha

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      Yeah, where did Vincent Brown go? We had more than just Matthews get injured and miss a bunch of time. Guess it’s acceptable when Brown gets hurt, We did the same thing to LT.

      When LT complained, we said he was a whiner. No, it was bad Charger play calling(coaching) as usual and mishandling by the coach.

      • arnie

        VB had a DB fall on his ankle and break it, while catching a pass that was two yards short of a TD. There was no need for him to come back, norv wasn’t. Besides, DX came to town and showed up meachum, did you want Brown to rub in as well?

        • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

          No. I sort of was being a smart aleck, after everyone giving Matthews a hassle.. for the need to “be on the field”. Everyone seems to think that Matthews shouldn’t say anything because he was always getting hurt and not on the field. My response is there were plenty who got hurt and were not on the field.

          The retort by @Aaron Johnson does not hold up under scrutiny,

          • arnie

            Ah, I see. The scrutiny mathews get’s is only 20% on his shoulders, IMO. Most of that is, he has to stay healthy. However the 80%, aj new he had injury issues, he drafted him anyway. In addition, the Chargers had a training staff that kept the team doctor busy. On the subject of aj, he hired norv. norv didn’t know how to run the ball, and neither of them did anything to give mathews the tools to be as successful as LT was. On top of it all, he had to follow in LT’s footsteps.
            Yeah I’d say he’s been under a microscope of pressure.
            So I don’t see why he should stay quiet, when his old HC, basically said this team didn’t have any talent and they sucked. Note to norv, you were a Big part of the suckage.

  • arnie

    Ugh…I guess I’ll take the stoning and speak up for the china doll.
    I’ve mentioned this before so’ll try to be brief. LT in his last years as bolt had some complaints and injuries. It was popular to label him as washed up, cry baby, even fragile. Bid him good riddance to the jets. Now, age had indeed caught up with LT, but I suspect getting rid of Lo’Neal, norvs scheme and aj handling of the whole situation, helped in his “decline” an departure.
    Enter mathews. aj’s pick. Pushed in front of Tolbert an Sproles to be the feature back. Running play, up, the middle, no fullback in front of him. Tweaks his ankle. Out for 3-4 weeks. The only time Mathews had success, when he bounced outside and made a play that was going to fail. Why? The defense knew where the ball was going. They knew who was calling the plays.
    Also, he was running behind the same line/scheme, LT complained about.
    So, before we throw stones at mathews for his comments, let’s give a little credit for learning from his experiences, and trying to do something “different” to stay healthy, an show us the talent we’ve all seen glimpse of.
    Begin stoning…..

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      Every NFL team knew what Norv was going to do. It’s been talked about ad nauseam.

      • arnie

        That isn’t new to me either.

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

      He’s a Mama’s Boy!

      • arnie

        Lol….

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

          April 1st couldn’t arrive sooner.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    And if we’re going to get on the players not on the field and getting hurt–uhhh what about Vincent Brown? How long did he last?

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    I remember last season, many wondering whether the players had given up… sort of packed it in. There was a feel to the team. They did not play enthusiastically. They looked defeated. That is the job of the coach to keep these guys motivated and upbeat… It’s going to be hard to keep going out there each week this year, in the shape we are in.right now.

    • arnie

      Why?

      • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

        If they got complacent last year, because they were losing, why would it be easier to go out there,–this year and play lights out–knowing you are not a good team (or so says the experts)?

        • arnie

          1.Players never think they are not a good team, or not good enough.
          2.they didn’t get complacent, because they were losing, it was being coached the same thing, over and over again and nothing changed. What they were doing wasn’t working, and ryan was saying the players weren’t getting anything new.
          You saw the same games I did Stefanie. How many times could you tell where they were going to run the ball?
          3 MM is the something new the team is looking for/needs. McCoy was hired for his versatility. He guided an offense to the playoffs, twice, with Manning an Tebow as QB’s.

          • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

            You are right. It makes sense what you are saying because everyone complained about Norv’s predictable playcalling – except the opponent. I remember hearing people on NFL Network comment about it during a game.

          • arnie

            Thanks Stefanie, but i’m not right. those are just the facts. ryan’s comments, are just the “other” side of the story, which brings us a little close to the truth.
            Remember when Marty was fired? it was said he couldn’t get the job done. So aj ran to dean. Then a lot of people jumped on that bandwagon. We later learned Marty an aj weren’t even on speaking terms and they disagreed often. usually on players. My point is aj had a little extra “motivation” to get rid of Marty. And the “truth” behind getting rid of a 14-2 HC became a little clearer.

    • Sergio Quintero

      When we talk about Norv’s lack of fire, the side effect is complacency from his team, that is the actual term for a team that plays with low intensity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Edward-Moretti/100002785058214 Edward Moretti

    This is the first post of yours that I completely disagree with you Ernie. In fact, I completely agree with Ryan.

    I believe that by complacent Ryan meant Norv’s game plan was more of the same old, same old. I believe everyone in San Diego thought that Norv’s game plans were the same week to week. Yes, practice makes perfect but when the entire stadium seems to know which play Norv is about to call I’m pretty sure that opposing defenses could figure that out, too. The complacency comes in when you have arguably the fastest receiver Norv had ever had with the Chargers (Meachem) and instead of using that speed he simply tried to use him the way he used VJ. The complacency comes in when you have Ryan on a roll, running off a couple of nice plays, and then you still pull him off the field when you get to the 20-yard line because you’re afraid he’s going to fumble. Complacency from AJ when, as I said many times during preseason, he insisted on letting Clary be our RT and settled for Greene at LG. Clary was not as atrocious as he was the year before but still had the odd habit of wilting under pressure. Greene was exposed without having Gaither next too him.

    And I especially agree with Ryan about the way he runs. I can’t remember how many times LT ran out of bounds. Discretion is the better form of valor. It made his stiff arm all the more effective when he did use that. Case in point, Mike Tolbert. He terrorized CB’s and S’s alike. They were scared silly of tackling him when he was a Charger. Unfortunately, he tried doing that against LB’s. What happened? Two concussions if I remember right. NO, I don’t expect Ryan to slide whenever he feels contact coming but he has to realize that he has to live for another day. Ryan can stick it with the best of them but he has to be a better judge of when to do that and when not to.

    Don’t we make fun of athletes for always giving us the same old tired cliches? Ryan gave us a small glimpse of what playing for the Chargers was like and the twitterverse blew up. Hey! Wasn’t that why we got rid of AJ and Norv in the first place. Something was wrong in that locker room and by the sweeping changes Telesco is making that’s going to change. A big thank you to Ryan for giving us a little truth instead of some more tired cliches.

    • arnie

      This….

    • http://www.signonsandiego.com/ Ambitoos

      I agree. I’m not sure Ryan knows what complacent means.

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

    So, I posted this to Arnie earlier. But, I had to post it again! Maybe I am late to the party on this video, but check it out.. It’s kind of chesesy, but I had no idea what RM’s childhood was like. I mean, his Mamma had to feed him like a baby bird at one point, (So sad, but real). I think we are quick to call people busts, or quitters. It’s easy to get caught up doing that. AJ treated people like a number for years, which was a big mistake.
    One thing that this video tells me is that RM has a Mom that put the smack down when he came home with D’s. He overcame that obstacle, despite not having a father, being the cool kid at school, and not being academically inclined. You gotta think he won’t quit on you, unless his body gives out. If they help him work on his vision, and his instincts a little more, he can be great. The athletic ability is clearly there. I am willing to give him a chance this year, and I hope he has that breakout year. I am a supporter for one more year. From one mammas boy, to another.

    http://m.youtube.com/?client=mv-google&rdm=mke2rb5wn#/watch?v=PndLcIVNImg&feature=player_embedded&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Ffeature%3Dplayer_embedded%26v%3DPndLcIVNImg

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I love it… I have been a fan since we drafted this kid. He is not the best in front of a cam and suffers a ton of injuries, but the talent is there. So many times I wanted him to get the ball more last season. I think he can be a difference maker on offense. He has that ability. He needs the ball. He needs to stay healthy. He needs to step up and take this last opportunity to show he can kill it. Contract year is coming up. Good time for him to become studly

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

        I just get scearded, because I think I posted something extremely similar last year.. lol.I’m gun shy with this kid, but I just can’t shake the feeling that he has talent, and was in the wrong system (Norv’s system). Also, I am a glutton for punishment! Another thing I don’t like is that I think we have the same RB coach, ight? Either Norv’s system was THAT awful, or it’s amazing he still has a job. Our running game sucked.

  • Christopher Manriquez

    arnie I agree…to an extent. I saw the interview and I saw the reaction interviews as well…saw a lot of words being put in ryan’s mouth quite honestly. what ryan matthews meant to say was ” the offense was stale, the players fought hard every week but the chargers kept getting beat the same ways.” He just didn’t think about how most people (the media, mostly) would construe that as dumping on his locker room. So, if the criticism is true, does that still make it wrong, even coming from a guy who played in 12 games and scored 4 TD’s last year????

    Going into games they know they can win and pooping an egg that’s being complacent…oh and getting drummed on the line of scrimmage doesn’t help.(Thanks AJ, screw you Gaither!) Blowing leads when they are so far ahead that “nail in the coffin” expression comes up in the 2nd quarter, and they end up losing the same game with the ball and 1:40 on the clock ala (DENVER, NY, NO), that’s being complacent and finally THE contributing factor in all losses, TURNOVERS!!!!

    The O line was thin to begin with, then Dielman retired, then McNeill, and the Oline was a joke. Norv, with no protection and none on the horizon, kept running the same scheme, knowing that Rivers was probably going to get killed. Well, he didnt but he did throw almost 40 picks in two seasons What was NOrv going to do? Switch up his coaching style/philosophy? Please. He’s not Mike McCoy…hahaha. Sorry, couldn’t resist.

    So when Ryan Matthews says they were complacent, he doesn’t mean that the players quit on the coach (Im talking directly to Darren Woodson and Herm Edwards). He means that they played in the same scheme for 6 years and it didn’t work for the last 3 years. He means that getting a new system and a new coach, and a fresh start roster-wise is good for this team. He means that anyone in that organization last year that isn’t willing to look at themselves and say “that wasn’t working, I need to change” is gone as well as some older players.

    I’ll summarize it.. Matthews is happy that they have new blood, a new regime, a new TRAINING STAFF… and is hoping for a little luck and a new scheme to revitalize his career and his teams’ fortune. What else would he hope for, at this point?

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