Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead (39) during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chargers defeated the Eagles 33-30. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Mathews Continues to Depress

Ryan Mathews continues to depress. I guess I can write this every week. The team just moves the ball down the field better when he is on the sideline. Philip Rivers doesn’t like to throw the football out to his direction and he doesn’t run the football as well as we need him to. He failed us on a 3rd and short and we trusted him in the 4th quarter to kill the clock and it didn’t work out. Sure there was a holding penalty that killed that drive, but he hasn’t shown that he can carry the load this year.

Danny Woodhead got the start on Sunday and took the majority of snaps in the backfield. He should get an even bigger share going forward. I don’t know if his body can handle that many reps, but he gives our offense the best threat in the backfield. He can carry the ball between the tackles if he needs to and he follows his blocks well. He can block players that are blitzing in. When they are blitzing in, he is Philip’s safety valve. He is a lot more productive on the field and the offense moves the ball better when he is in the game.

More Woodhead, less Mathews!

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  • PakMaN

    FOZY WOZY! I don’t know why they don’t use this guy! I see him as the next closest thing to Sproles instead of Woodhead.

  • tubbs45

    Still wish we could have made a run at either Macghee or Bradshaw. There was only one run play that I saw when he really just baffled me, 3rd and 2 running head first into the middle and stops cold… then plows into the closed hole… On the flip side loving Woodhead!

    • Joel Ayala

      MacGhee would have been a good pick up. He’d have a monster Game vs Donks to prove a point.

      • tubbs45

        My thoughts exactly!

    • joerockt

      Agreed. I would have taken Bradshaw over Brown as the backup, though he would have been starting by now.

  • Tazzster

    Agreed. The 3rd and 1 play where he danced in the backfield was where I got off the bandwagon. You could see that McCoy was pissed on the sideline.

    I am still looking for Fozzy to get some touches. He carried the load in the preseason and did great. I am not sure why he has not had any opportunities…. unless he is out secret weapon.

  • Michael Popowich

    He hasn’t been that bad, I’ve seen him make plays, and when he was out in the sec half, but they were using Woodhead a lot, which was working for a while, then I wondered where Ryan was, so glad to see he made some plays in the fourth. He’s not the only option, but works if you spread the offense.

    • joerockt

      In 29 attempts in the Titans and Texans games, his longest run was 8 yards. But, he hasn’t been that bad :eyeroll:

  • Joel Ayala

    RM made his bed. He won’t be in SD uni next year IMO. he has Ran harder. but Even Bill Parcels was quoted saying. he leaves way too many Yards on the field. he’s hesitant and hits the wholes a bit late at times. and Rarely jukes anyone. like LT used to. and Definitely does run over anyone Like Natrone Means used too.

  • Ed

    Agreed! Mathews is not the answer and never will be. He can’t block or catch and he can’t even run without fumbling. The team is better when he’s not playing. Woodhead is AWESOME, but they should draft a RB in 14 to replace Mathews.

  • joerockt

    I have to laugh most times when I see him run. Its like he WANTS to make contact. There have been runs where there were gaping field of green to his left or right and he chooses to try to run over someone. Its the reason why the guy never breaks a long one, no vision. Never had it, never will. I would rather see Woodhead in all 3 downs, getting spelled by Brown. And why haven’t we seen Fozzy???

  • arnie

    Despite what people may think about Ryan, he is doing his job. Taking pressure off of Phillip Rivers. Wasn’t that the most important contribution that was talked up in the off-season? He’s moving the ball like he’s supposed to.

  • Keej Yeej Vwj

    Funny how SD fans are asking for Mathews out. Before criticizing him already lets look at the stats. Ryan Mathews YPC is (3.7), higher than those of Adrian Petersonss, Mark Ingram, Arian Fosters, Ray Rice, and Trent Richardson. So umn yeah, you Mathew haters lol, i hope your looking at this. Under a bad line he averages more yardage than ” elite ” backs. He is under the wrong system. Mathews is not a comitee running back. If he would be anywhere else, he would be a top back by now lol hatersz.