NFL Around the League Writer, Dan Hanzus, ranked the Top 30 running backs in the league and our boy Ryan Mathews was ranked toward the bottom 3rd of the rankings at number 23. He was listed in the category ‘How can I trust you?’ That sounds about right.
This is a make or break season for Ryan Mathews. He has shown the potential to break out. He even made it to the Pro Bowl with his performance, but he still has been a disappointment for us. He had to follow the footsteps of Ladainian Tomlinson, but that shadow isn’t even there anymore. Now we just want him to be able to hold onto the football and get up after he gets hit. We want him to be able to block for Philip Rivers on passing downs or be a threat in the passing game.
This season, Ryan needs to show that he can carry the load at runningback or we will be looking for someone else to carry the load in the 2014 draft. We already need a left tackle, we don’t want to put more positions of need onto that list for the 2014 draft.
A lot of the blame on the offense struggling has fallen on Philip Rivers and the offensive line, but Ryan shouldn’t be excused from the party. Sure he needs holes to run through, but he also needs to put in the work to get on the field as well. Why is he still having issues holding onto the football? Why is he still struggling with protection of Philip? Why does he have to get pulled on 3rd downs? This will be year 4 for Ryan now. No more excuses.
Put down that World of Warcraft and make sure to hold onto that football OR somewone else will. Do work Ryan!