December 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs onto the field during player introductions prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Mathews and the L.T. Shadow

Ever since the Chargers decided to trade up in 2010 to get the WAC back from Fresno State, the spotlight instantly shined bright on Ryan.  After the Bolts released future H.O.F. LaDainian Tomlinson, who then signed with the New York Jets, came the expectation that Ryan must live up to the hype and instantly make an impact with the Bolts. He’s definitely made an impact, just not what fans and management expected.

“I’ve been just an average back” said Mathews per Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, “I got a lot of people just frustrated with my performance in the last few years. They expected me to come in and do big things. And I expect myself to.”  So do we Ryan (Sounds weird like my talking to myself). In addition to all the pressure, “fans” on twitter haven’t been too kind to Ryan. Now I choose not to quote what that person said in a certain tweet because it was very harsh, as if Ryan hasn’t been through enough in his life, at one point living with his single mother in a car. Joke or not from that person’s tweet, it’s a game people and we are human.

We all want Ryan to do well, right? After all this will be his fourth season and he has reached his “make” or “break” time (literally if this was 2012). Now that the O-line is a work in progress and with the addition of workhorse Danny Woodhead, this should give time for Ryan to take a break and not take as much of a pounding. Basically, the Chargers have no choice but to give Ryan more attempts to at least be consistent and stay away from injuries, unless you want to take a chance with recently released Willis McGahee as a possible back with Jackie Battle. Potential is limitless with Ryan, he can do the job.



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  • PakMaN

    Average????? Who the fuck does this kid think he is? 1 TD, 2 fumbles? About half the QUARTER BACKS in the league put up higher rushing and td numbers than our #1 draft pick.

    I’m not comparing him to LT, and I never will because he hasn’t earned that comparison. That being said, Norv turner is a turd.

  • Cgoodness13

    This kid is really talented, he has been behind a terrible line his whole career and still put up decent numbers, now that we have a boss Oline coach and revamped Oline he should have more hole to run through, and with McCoy calling the shots, our run plays won’t be so predictable. People forget that no RB can succeed with a crappy line blocking for them.

  • RussinSactown

    He won’t be LT. What he needs to be is the Ryan we all saw coming out of Fresno State and hopefully with a real line in front of him he can be.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Great perspective and a well-written article, Ryan. And so glad you did not give the ugly tweet any more coverage. Thank you for refusing to even repeat what was tweeted to Ryan. You are so right. This is a game.

  • Tom Spalsbury

    I still believe in you Ryan ! Oh and who ever said that crap to you is a TOOL !

  • Alter Ego

    Cast your own shadow Mathews. LT is long gone – its all about you now. All I want for Christmas is a big friggin shadow cast by our All Pro RB. Make that happen and it will be happy days ahead.

  • Sergio Quintero

    First off the accused tweet was ghastly, the guy is true scum.

    Unfortunately its something that come with the territory, I’m sure Rahim Moore & the punt returner for the 49ers got some equally disgusting vitriol, or if even possible even worse.

    Life is about producing, you achieve and everybody loves you, you fail and you’re an orphan, life isn’t fair, you best not whine about it, and use it as fuel to reach your potential and if possible exceed it.

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    All Ryan Mathews needs to do is buy into the philosophy that the coaches have drawn out. Make it reality and don’t look back. The future is bright and this is a team sport. I believe he will be just fine.

  • warstan

    Get a blocker for him like LN was for LT.

  • Derek

    His first year he was a stud then as our line was decimated he was effected its now or never for him. We’ll prb still draft a back next may 3rd or 4th but he’s got the heart he just needs to get it on the scoreboard

  • Clark Muncie

    BB Creeper #37 here. Uh… (say something dammit, they’re all looking at you!) anyway, I’d like to echo that it’s a game, the kid’s got talent, and now he has two titanium (or I’ll be doubly pissed at Chao) collar bones, and he’ll be running behind a certified road grader of a right tackle this season. Who doesn’t want to sink back into their old couch with a cold beer and watch what happens this season?

  • Adam

    I love this article! It’s so positive! That’s rare for an article about RM. I have always been in his corner. He has SO much potential, I just want him to prove all the haters wrong this season. He has ALOT to prove, it’s time to let his legs do the talking. BOLTUP!!!

  • Adam

    he might need this though…

  • arnie

    Ryan has had the unfortunate break, of being drafted to a team built by aj, and coach by norv. never mind the fact, he was coming in after an “ugly” release of LT. Ryan IMO was never put in a position to be developed, or succeed. yet he keeps fighting through it all. There is something there, and after seeing what telesco has put in front of him, the supporting cast of RB/FB an WR/TE to take the pressure off. Not to mention McCoy did wonders with Willis McGehee and the former Aztec RB. Ryan is finally in a position, for the first time in his NFL career, to break out.
    Seriously people, how do you work out, and prepare your body, not to break “both” you collar bones?
    i’ve been really critical of Mathews performance, however when i look at it in context, he’s shown flashes of a first rounder, despite having norv as his HC. Remember, even LT couldn’t get a thousand yards under norv in the last two seasons he was here.
    all in all Ryan just needs to shut his twitter account off an tune out the noise. Humble himself, forget about the pressure, and just go to work.