December 9, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) rushes the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The San Diego Chargers won 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Mathews Came Into Camp 10 Pounds Lighter


Ryan Mathews has come into camp 10 pounds lighter than last season. He is lighter on his feet and feels quicker. He shedded the extra muscle in order to be more agile.

“That’s one thing I wanted to focus on is losing the weight and not being so bulky,” Mathews said Thursday. “I feel quicker, and I feel faster … I feel healthy. I don’t have all that weight. I remember last year coming out of the first practice my legs were tired. Not today.” – SDUT

Let’s see if this way will work any better for the kid. He has the ability. Now he has a few monsters in front of him that should be able to bust open some lanes. The right side of the line is built with maulers. DJ Fluker, Jeromey Clary and Nick Hardwick are guys that would rather run the football. They would rather punch people in the mouth with the running game. He has those type of guys.

Mathews has been a disappointment, even though he has took a trip to the Pro Bowl. The expectations behind Ryan have always been high and he hasn’t reached any of those expectations YET. Could this be the year he puts everything together? He shedded away 10 pounds… now lets see if he can shed away that BUST label that keeps creeping around him.

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  • PakMaN

    Ya but he also fumbled. God, when will we have a dominate running game again? =/

    • Daryl Peek

      Too much emphasis on the fumbles. BOLT fans have short memories. LT had 14 fumbles in his first four seasons. Marty kept feeding him the rock. This is where Norv failed and broke RM24′s confidence. LT spoiled us with his durability. Not many backs have been that durable from the jump.

      • PakMaN

        Look at his 2012 stats, name one starting back for any team that had worst stats? 2012 entire season, 1 TD, 2 FUM.

        • Daryl Peek

          That’s because of how Norv used him. Again you’re not taking the O-line plight into account either. PR is given all the benefit of the doubt, given Norv and the seven step drop coupled with the sorry O-line. RM24 is a victim of Norv and the O-line also but he’s a bust? Our BOLTS haven’t been a solid running team with a single feature back since Marty. AJ and Norv ended that era.

      • shayaaa

        *I think you meant first three seasons..

        RM also has played a full season less than LT in his first three years. 32 vs 48, so your comparison is somewhat off… LT had 2000 more yards in his first three years and 23 more TD’s too.

        • Daryl Peek

          All the more reason to be patient with RM24. I used LT’s first four seasons because were going into Mathew’s 4th. The injury thing is no comp. LT was indestructible but the way Marty used him helped. Norv never inspired that smash mouth attitude in our O-line. If RM24 got the touches Tolbert was given he may have been more productive and tougher. LT and LO Neal had defined roles. With RM and Tolbert it was confusing.

  • Gunnar Martin

    I’ve been thinking that that’s exactly what he needed to do for a long time. More muscle is not always good. It will (hopefully) serve both him and the team well for him to be more agile and less worn out. Way to go Ryan.
    GO BOLTS!!

    • Adam

      What about the muscle hamster?? Lol

      • Gunnar Martin

        Well he’s an exception that can be extremely muscular for his size (5’9″) and still be super quick. Not many people are able to do that.

        • Adam

          I just wanted an excuse to say his name lol

          • Gunnar Martin

            Haha. I’ll do ya one better.

            MUSCLE HAMSTER!!!

  • Daryl Peek

    I find it interesting how everyone is willing to give Rivers the benefit of the doubt due to a porous O-line when it comes to his turnovers (55 over the last two seasons) but have no patience’s with Mathew’s turnovers when he runs behind that same O-line?

    • PakMaN

      Even if Rivers breaks his arm and retires today, we can say he was a franchise quarterback who gave us a ton of good years. Can you say the same about Matthews if his career ends? Nope, you would label him a bust because that is what he has been up to now. And don’t BS me on his “pro bowl” year. The only reason he made it to the Pro Bowl was because Ray Rice was busy playing in the POST SEASON. Something Matthews hasn’t even seen no thanks to him.

      • Daryl Peek

        Your defending Rivers, a 9 year vet but wont give RM24 in his third season a break. RM24 is no LT and never will be but LT had 14 fumbles in his first four seasons. Again Marty kept giving him the rock. Until RM24 is set up to succeed like LT was all the bust talk is unfair!

        • PakMaN

          Dude I don’t get why you keep bringing up LT? I wouldn’t ever disrespect LT by comparing the two. LT is a hall of famer, I just want 1000 yard season from RM? Is that too much to ask for a first round running back in his 4rd year? How the fuck did rookies, Trent Richardson, Doug Martin, Alfred Morris getting it done yet RM24 needs 3+ years and a ton of excuses?

          I give guys slack all the time, including Ingram last year. But don’t sit there like a homer and tell me RM24 is a GOOD back. When you know he isn’t. At this point i’ve thrown in the towel (including my 2 RM24 jerseys), I don’t expect greatness or 1st round qualities, I just want someone to be able to carry the ball 3-4 yards per carry and not fumble or have his body fall apart.

          First it was high ankle sprains every week, then it was his clavicle party, i’m looking forward to see what it is this year.

          • Daryl Peek

            Again, LT spoiled us. He’s one of the greatest RB’s of all time. I said RM24 will never be that. Where did I disrespect him by comparing the fumbles? If Mathew’s duplicates his 2012 fumble total he will have less in his first 4 seasons than LT, FACT. The fumbles are what they are and it’s relevant simply because of the difference in how Marty used LT VS. Norv with RM24. Hell, Norv misused LT also! You keep ignoring this fact coupled with the sorry O-line. It’s hypocrisy IMO.

          • PakMaN

            Norv broke his clavicles and popped the ball out of his hands, got it.

          • Daryl Peek

            SMH you are a trip. So I take it the injuries are his fault?

            Marty never tripped on the 14 fumbles in 4 seasons LT had. Norv would yank RM24 after every fumble and never gave him goal line touches. LT was the short down and distance back, Tolbert cannibalized those touches from Mathew’s.

            BTW, Tolbert had 5 fumbles in 2010 subbing for RM24.

          • PakMaN

            You know why he didn’t trip? Because the guy would break out yards + TDs. RM24 hasn’t done either. Last year they gave him a goal line opportunity against atlanta and he fucking fumbled it into the endzone.

          • Daryl Peek

            See this is the RM hate/bias I’m talking about. How was Tolbert more productive when RM had more yards, more yards per carry, 6 less TD in a offense where Tolbert was given the goal line touches, coupled with a 1000 yard season with a probowl nod? Injuries and all RM was the better back.

            I hope RM proves me right. I hope Rivers improves. Call me the ultimate optimistic Charger homer if you please but doubt is not in my vocab when it comes to any BOLT going forward… GO BOLTS

          • PakMaN

            Tolbert was a 3 down back! No shit he’s not going to have as many yards/TD’s.. but look at the stats per attempt and tell me who was more dominant. RM has had one decent year, and I praised him. But he needs to stop trying to be LT and start being himself which is average at best. I’m as optimistic as anyone on here but don’t try to cover the guy’s short comings on here.. were all charger fans win or lose!

          • Daryl Peek

            Again with the hate! How is he trying to be LT? And more importantly, what’s wrong with looking up to a former all-time great and striving for their success?

            Tiger Woods is who he is because he chased Jack his entire career. Kobe is who he is because he mimicked Jordan and other all-time greats chasing their greatness.

          • boltingindiego

            Just wanna say that LT had 1 more fumble after 3 years of playing over RM but had 460 more carries.

          • Daryl Peek

            The carries are not RM fault. Again LT > RM hands down.

          • boltingindiego

            Having almost the exact same # of fumbles with the 460 carries difference is which is why norv didn’t trust RM.

          • Daryl Peek

            Norv didn’t trust LT for the matter. He marginalized LoNeal while shifting to a two back system giving Turner and Sproles LT’s touches. My comparison is about the patience’s factor coupled with the difference in usage/ overall offensive strategy used between the two head coaches. The context get skewed if you try to simplify the details. RM is not LT and will not be as great in everyone’s opinion. My main point is give RM a fighting chance like Marty did for LT. 5 fumbles in his 4th season and Marty kept giving LT the ball.

          • boltingindiego

            I get your trying to defend RM but their are valid points why people don’t believe/ wanna bash him. Lt was getting up their in age and we had 2 other good backs. Lt had 800 carries in his 3 years with norv so he was getting used. You also have to take in LT 1 st couple of years he was our O and we sucked so we had to deal with his growing pains. RM’s situation is different since we had a playoff team and we couldn’t afford to let RM mistakes like fumbles cost us games.

          • Daryl Peek

            Rivers picks and fumbles cost us more games than RM did. Again we all know we had no better option at QB but that’s the other side of this argument… poor O-line and coaching conviction to running it. Bottom line we’ve got to give the kid a real chance to succeed.

    • shayaaa

      There was a point in time when Rivers was considered elite by some.. If not elite, he was still given the recognition that he belongs in the top 10. Mathews has never been considered elite and has yet to live up to his draft status.

      • Daryl Peek

        Was Rivers elite in his third season while being under utilized? The argument for Rivers is a better O-line. Why can’t Mathew’s get that?

        • boltingindiego

          their are doubts because mathews has 2 problems injuries and fumbles. Unless he can shake those then he won’t produce.

          • Daryl Peek

            Again LT, AP, Tiki Barber and many other RB’s had fumbleitis early on. LT was an aberration on the injury theme. the others were as injured as RM24.

            I’m not trying to disrespect Rivers or LT by comparing them with Mathew’s. It’s apples to oranges between them all. My point is the short leash given the big picture overall. Give Mathew’s that O-line LT had early on in a Marty ball offensive mindset, the dialogue would likely be different.

          • arnie

            i agree with that. LT had a different system to run under. Remember loNeal was in front of him, and he had a cleaner holes to run through. Less contact, less chance of injuries. it wasn’t until later, under up-the-middle norv that LT body took a beating. the same beating RM24 took of the last 3 seasons.

          • boltingindiego

            plus the work of previous years of running took a toll on LT can’t just blame it on norv’s play calling.

          • arnie

            I don’t. EVERYONE had a hand in LT’s decline, and RM24 lack of performance. it was not LT that declared and i quote, “…i don’t need a Fullback in my system…”. And it was neither coincidence LT numbers declined, and his injury problems started.
            The Truth is, LT was looking to let the younger guys, Tolbert and Sproles, take the bulk of the carries, while he was more involved in the “passing game”. LT was actually excited about what norv was doing, because he had carried the load for so long on the ground. he welcomed the change. he was disappointed when he got “more carries”.
            At the end of the day, norv, was responsible for the team. He was also responsible for the system he ran, and the adjustments he did not make. LT injuries, nor RM24 fumbles coast him his job. it was coaching a 14-2 team, to a 7-9 record.

          • boltingindiego

            huh im just talking about LT’s injuries not about norvs record. Its a combo of both norv and the workload lt had previous years and his current workload.

          • arnie

            i thought i was clear on that.
            All RB take a pounding. LT’s workload was made easier, because of great blocking and a lead blocking Probowl FB. norv changed that.
            The point i’m trying to make is, i do not agree with your assessment in deflecting the blame of LT’s injuries on workload. LT injuries, as i tried to state, were “direct result of norvs decisions”. the case you’re trying to make about his “workload” does not hold water. the facts do not support that. that is an assumption.
            The majority of LT runs were off the edges. Under norv, it was up the middle, with NO lead blocker. it was this change in schemes, that LT took a pounding and his injuries for the first time became a factor. these are the facts.

          • Alter Ego

            I guess Norv isn’t invited to Thanksgiving at your house.
            Ha-ha…I’d have him over just to ask him what were you thinking?

          • boltingindiego

            Tiki had it throughout his career except for his last 2 seasons. The difference between the ap, lt and rivers is that they produced in all 3 years they played and those 3 players missed a combined 2 games. While rm missed 10. You can’t say what iffs because we don’t even know if he could handle the work load. I hope mathews can turn it around but the doubts on mathews are legit.

          • Daryl Peek

            The difference IMO is the overreaction of Norv to the fumbles. All other backs with fumbleitis kept getting the rock on a consistent. Hence the build up of trust and confidence between them and the HC.

        • shayaaa

          I agree with the o line comment. Rivers made it to the pro bowl in his third year, leading the team to a 14-2 record. One of his more impressive years actually, considering it was his first full year as a starter; he led numerous late game comebacks and had the highest 4th quarter qb rating of any other qb.
          EDIT: He was also named 2nd best QB under 25 that year.

    • arnie

      Not really, we’ve given PR plenty of Crap for the way he’s played. the difference is he’s not only owned up to his poor play, he also has a proven track record of success. PR has had to play under a .500 HC, loss of talent around him, and depreciating O-line, so in context these factors contributed to his play. Ironically these are the same conditions RM24 had to play under, and despite the injuries still managed to have a 1,000 yard season. The point being, he’s never had the system in place to develop and succeed. But i’ve never heard his own up to his fumbles either. Now it’s, “…that all in the past…It’s a clean slate now….”. Even he just came out, owned it, and threw out some excuse like, “…i need to work on my technique for holding onto the ball..” would go miles with fans.

      the bigger problem, there were high, unrealistic, expectations on him to follow in the shadow of a BIGGER RB. put that all together, and here we are today.

      • Daryl Peek

        I 100% agree with that Arnie! The thing is most other BOLTS fans won’t give RM24 that grace. That’s all I’ve been trying to say.

        • arnie

          i know. context will save us all a lot of useless stress.

      • Alter Ego

        I love my team – but just like a father – I reserve the right to give my loved ones crap if it is warranted. And I do.
        Spot on Arnie.

  • Adam

    Awesome!!!! This is great news….I’m so excited to see him play.

  • Adam

    Now lets see if he can shed 10 tackles!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      hahahahha… yes!

  • Mark G

    Ryan has been like a spotlight that shines sporadically. We say “there it is! – That’s the guy!” Then…silence. But again, he has McCoy now – and whisenhunt will know how to manage him so much better than the sad cheerleader Norv. I have not given up on this guy who will have MUCH better blocking as Ernie pointed out.

    • Adam

      Great analogy! Very true

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    I thought Ryan Mathews was training for a body building contest last season.
    He was much lighter during his pro bowl season. And wasn’t as bulky.

    “I feel quicker, and I feel faster … I feel healthy.” Good news

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

      It was like he was under all of this pressure to add weight, be more durable, be stronger, and have a breakout year… lotta good that did.. two broken CB’s, one TD. Lol…

  • arnie

    From what i’ve seen, he’s on the right track and the McCoy has him in a rotation. Plain and simple, RM24 will have to EARN the #1 RB status. until he separates himself, he’ll be another talented RB in the rotation. Which is what did not happen under the former HC.

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

      Nothing about the way the team was managed these last 3 years suggests that Mathews had any help succeeding. Player Personnel? Aging, and average. Front office decisions? Terrible. Coaching? Complacent (In his own words). Play Calling? As predictable, and bad as it comes. Back ups? Not even close to adequate, except for Tolbert, who was pretty average.

      Not this year. He will get a true shot. If he still underperforms.. then we know the truth. If he blows us away, or at least plays admirably.. then people will have to admit that truth to themselves, as well.

      • arnie

        Agreed.

  • Bill Nichols

    Hey dude, just shut up and run the damn ball, don’t fumble, and try not to act like a piece of glass. That’s all, enough said. Bolt Up!!