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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