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Ryan Mathews Needs To Make A Commitment to Studying

Dec 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) waits to run out of the tunnel before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Mathews has his name in the news today. Here is the latest tidbit on Ryan:

Is this a true story or will we find out a little later that it was made up? Can I believe anything anymore?

This story seems true, just like the last story seemed true. I could have believed that Ryan Mathews got arrested on a Sunday night in front of a bar for fighting. That totally made sense to me.

This makes sense to me also. Ryan Mathews needs to spend more time studying and his current teammates think he needs to also.

I hate that assessment. What is his motivation? Is he really motivated to be the best in the game or is he content with just doing the same old thing?

Without him spending the extra hours studying, he made it to the Pro Bowl. Is that really enough for him?

Topics: Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers

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  • Ioane

    His talent is huge but his commitment level is poor. Must be why he is so easily complacent.

  • Cgoodness13

    Since when the hell did the media care about a charger that’s not Hawaiian? Lol

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    His poverty motivated him in the past. Would be a sad situation if poverty was the thing to motivate him again. Time is elusive. If you waste your opportunities and don’t have more to come than that is no ones fault but your own. Work hard, study hard, and always strive for improvement. All the while enjoy the moment and don’t sweat the what ifs. Mathews is an incredible athlete but hasn’t shown incredible drive. Not as easy to do as it is easy to say.

  • Cody Young

    I hardly think ‘studying’ has been Ryan Mathews’ problem. He’s been very good when he is actually A) healthy and B) on the field when he IS healthy. Unless maybe the insinuation here is that he would be on the field more on 3rd downs if he “studied” pass blocking more?

    • Mashuerta

      Blocking schemes & blitz pick ups are very study worthy!

  • Cgoodness13

    Happy Ryan Mathews Day everyone lol why the hell is the media all into this guy today lol

  • hendroxy

    First comment ever on a sports blog. There is nothing wrong with Ryan Mathews except injuries. It’s Not commitment. It’s not even fumbling (compare his first years’ fumbling starts to Adrian Peterson’s). He didn’t get arrested. Just because someone wrote it doesn’t mean we get to say, “Well, he almost got arrested.” Let the kid play. I’m not saying he’s going to have a huge or break out year. But he’s never had the combination of a good (read: improved) O-line paired with a coaching staff that believes in him. I’m at least willing to bet (barring another collarbone) he at least has a chance to repeat his sophomore season. Just let him play the game. Sure he needs to study. It’s a new offensive scheme. They all need to study.

    • OP Bolt

      hendroxy – you appear to be the only sober poster over the last two days – well said.

    • shayaaa

      It is all commitment. Mathews is extremely talented but has never lived up to his potential. Yes, injuries happen and it is a part of the game. Yes he has been underutilized nearly his whole career, and YES he has played behind the same shit line that PR has been working with. Nevertheless, you want to see commitment and dedication to a player that has the “bust” label hovering over him. He is young and entitled to do what he likes – partying, clubing, etc. But when your in the spotlight you are going to be criticized. When people have expectations for you year after year and you never live up to them, the spotlight magnifies. Commitment becomes the issue when you show up to training camp overweight and fail your physical, or when you are seen drunk around town 6-7 nights a week. He has all the tools to be great. We are just waiting for it all to come together.

  • Alter Ego

    Its time to develop a back up plan for Mathews (who I love)…just because. The best plan would be to sign a guy who doesn’t want to be someone’s backup. Its time to stop fooling around and sign Willis McGahee…issue solved.

    • arnie

      they did. Woodhead.

      • Alter Ego

        Love me some Woodhead – he is more Sprole – ish / Welker – ish to me. Great get. We need a power guy – McGahee 2100 + yards & 10 TDs the last two seasons. Somebody get Brown’s playbook and get this done.

        • arnie

          true, but McGahee is olderish and injurish. I don’t know if we have that player on the roster. But getting McGahee is a quick fix the Chargers can’t afford. they need a long term younger solution, if Mathews can’t carry the load. Woodhead is here to pick up the slack for Mathews, So he can be that guy.

          • Alter Ego

            Bullshit Arnie. Woodhead is not going to carry the ball 20+ times a game. The Bolts did not bring him here to do that. McGahee outperformed all our backs last year ( the yr before too) – if his injury is healed – no one is better to bring in.

          • arnie

            Did i say he was? Because Mathews isn’t going to either. The point being, this goes against what the Chargers can do, and want to do for the future. His Performance is not in question, brining in a 30 year old back that went down due to injuries, is. We already have a RB with injury issues, why spend money the Chargers don’t have, or need to, and end up with 2 RB that could go down. Woodhead is here because of his “Durability, Production an Versatility”.
            If at some point if mathews went down, it wouldn’t surprise me if McCoy reached out to him. It would be nice, But Freeney ate that money.

          • Alter Ego

            I’d argue the point on several issues – but if its cap $ prohibited…then its moot. I do happen to believe Mathews runs like he is being chased by Zimmerman. He will finally deliver…its Super Bowl time baby.

  • arnie

    I swear Ernie you suck me right into repeating myself. So the short version…
    Ryan had norv as his HC, an virtually no competition to be the starter. (aj made sure there wasn’t any for “his” pick) the O-Line… well you know, moving on. Add to that, he came in under the shadow of a messy parting with LT. From day one, he was in the dog house.
    The bottom line for me, he’s got the talent, he just hasn’t been put in the position to work for it.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    I’m not moving until Tom Telesco & Mike McCoy move. Seems like the best idea. This just in.. They are saying Michael Turner to San Diego. Just sayin.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Focus, Ryan-San.

  • philiprules

    If what Acee has to say has any truth to it at all (which is questionable since he works for a paper more interested in attempting to create news than report it), then just who are these “teammates” that say he has no commitment? And LT, if you did say this, then you were a great running back that really needs to come to grips with the fact you are retired for good reasons. How the hell do you know what RM’s study habits are anyway? Are you his personal mentor?
    You know, the next time any of you get accused of doing something you didn’t do, I’d bet your first thought is “gee I better change my ways because people are lying about me”. Yeah, right.

  • C.Steele

    Ugh! The doldrums of summer! Just anything will be written. Hendroxy (commenter below)is so right. There is nothing wrong with R Mathews besides he’s run behind a terrible line and coached by an unimaginative coaching staff. Sure he has fumbled he’s a young back…. it happens. Injuries… they happen, especially behind a Horrific offensive line. All this nonsense about him being in trouble and heavy drinker, a now needing to study, doesn’t even deserve a response. He will show up to camp ready to play and study LIKE EVERYONE ELSE learning the new system…#GoRMatthews & #GoBolts!!

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