Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole (58) attempts to tackle San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Can We See That Again From Ryan Mathews?

How about that San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews. He just teased us again with his play on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. He has been the biggest tease ever.

Mathews easily had his best football game of the season and I can’t think of many better games than this one. His ability to pick up chunks of yards running the football helped the Chargers run down the clock and control the time of possession. He ran hard and with authority the whole game. You couldn’t tell that he just had a concussion the week before. He was running toward the contact and made sure that someone was going to feel it when they attempted the tackle. There were multiple times that he knocked someone’s helmet off. He just kept making plays.

That is the type of performance we want to see from Mathews for the rest of the season. Mathews has always teased us with his ability. We had been waiting for him to put a whole game together and now we want to see him string a couple of good games together.

He has always been fast around the edge and he has always done a good job of picking up yards between the tackles. He just never has been the guy that could make a guy miss in the open field. He never was able to break off the big one.

He just needs to keep focused and keep running hard. We don’t want to see him have a setback with another fumble or an injury. His confidence must be high right now. Let him ride that out and take it out on the Jacksonville defense on Sunday.

Next Chargers Game View full schedule »
Monday, Sep 88 Sep7:20at Arizona CardinalsBuy Tickets
Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: San Diego Chargers

  • 619chargers4life

    He needs Jesus to crack a 100 again . Just sayin !

    • NativeSanDiegan

      Could be. Nuthin wrong with that.

      • 619chargers4life

        Nothing at all. Completely agree .

  • rickochey

    just to play it safe. I kinda wish someone game him another concussion in the locker room.

    • 619chargers4life

      Lmao !

  • Sergio Quintero

    Mathews is what he is, he’s a one speed, gifted but not very instinctive RB, if the O-Line plays well he will make yards, if it struggles (like it did all of 2012) he will struggle. He doesn’t seem to make people miss in the open field, if the open hole is far from the design of the play he will not take it, but he’s big, he runs hard, he breaks tackles, and he’s surprisingly fast, so if you block the play well he will make yards.

    The bigger question is when will he earn the chance to run again inside the 10 yard line to get to score TD’s again. He hasn’t fumbled for 4 games, he seems to have improved his technique at holding the ball, but this coaching staff has already felt the sting of a fumble in the red zone, and they appear to be in no hurry to get him out his redzone doghouse.

    The chargers recent redzone struggles might force the staff for Mathews to get carries again, something to watch for Sunday, I would give him carries to at least improve the play action game close to the goal line.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Blackmon on the Jags didn’t practice today and is listed as questionable for Sunday, that could be good for the secondary.

    • tubbs45

      please, that would be nice. Mercedes Lewis is back this weekend, though we’ve had pretty good luck covering TEs.

    • Gunnar Martin

      They said it’s purely precautionary. He’ll be out there on Sunday. Not sure how effective he’ll be though…

  • Daryl Peek

    Too many want to act like this season didn’t happen… 1091 yards, 7 TD’s, 4.9 yards per carry, 50 receptions at 9 yards a catch with just under 500 yards. Yes he had 5 fumbles but that was still an explosive probowl season. Lets not forget Rivers had 20 Int’s and 7 fumbles that season as a probowl selection also.

    Redzone touches were much more abundant (13 TD’s) in RM24′s first two seasons, even with Tolbert getting most of the goal line carries. With a much healthier Gates, and Woodhead clicking on all cylinder this season, I’d like to see RM24 be on the field with Woody and Gates in the redzone, ala Sproles and LT. The big runs can return IMO.

  • RZ

    Keep pounding it RM!! I hope they play him at the goal line.Go BOLTZ!!

  • arnie

    We can see plenty more as long as the Coaches allow RM24 more runs of the edges. The Kid can outrun most LB off the edges, so let him use it. When i see him run up the middle i know that is where he was told to run and it’s maddening. He has the ability to bounce outside when it’s not there, we’ve all sen it under norv. Yet when he does it, he got reamed on the sidelines “to stay with the play”.
    For me Ryan is simply putting in work and paying his dues. Under THIS coaching staff, he is a far more effective runner, with consistency.
    For me i’ve been on record that i want Ryan to do well. We needed him to do well, and he is. So, i’m just going to sit back and enjoy the contributions he making to this team, instead of holding my applause and waiting for him to screw up.

    • tubbs45

      He is damn quick to the edge. Situationally he does need to know not to run out of bounds at the end of a game, but that does come with reps and experience. I too am reserving judgement until the season is complete. There is so much potential to do good and bad, BUT I want him to kick ass.

    • Tazzster

      Arnie, I think Matthews needs to be able to do both. He is getting better. He used to try and bounce everything to the outside. So instead of taking the 2-3 yards by running the play he would bounce it outside for usually a 2-3 yard loss. That’s the difference between 2nd and 7 and 2nd and 13 which is a big difference.

      Last game they ran a counter, I think it was in the 3rd quarter and it was wide open, because they had been pounding the rock inside all game. I think it went for 18 yards.

      It would be nice to see them run a sweep with some zone blocking, but from what I have seen Matthews is not that great at reading blocks and picking the right holes. It is not instinctive for him. I remember a couple of games back there was a big hole on the left side. I’m guessing the guard had pulled and had the linebacker engaged. This play had big run written all over it, but Matthews misread the block and did not see the other linebacker closing from the inside. The first linebacker slid off his block and met the middle linebacker and they stuffed him. Had he bounced it outside with a little jump cut it would have been an easy 15 yard gain or more.

      So, while I think Matthews has lots of talent, there is two things he needs to improve on, reading blocks and holding onto the ball.

  • Daryl Peek

    A huge part of the reason our yards per carry is so low as a team in the run game is, the absence of V-Jax. Jackson was a great blocker on the edge and down the field! I also think RM24 misses the chemistry of having Jacob Hester in front of him. The RB/FB symmetry is huge in the run game. AP missed FB, Felton who was suspended for PED’s the first three games of this season.

    McClain has not impressed me at all as our FB.

  • koloco1980

    Maybe if he can get the ball with some sort of consistently. He’ll have a two or three first downs then fall off the depth chart the next possession.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Just go out and take care of biz Ryan. I think it would really help a lot if we just gave him a lot more touches. Let him wear that defense down with that punishing running style of his. It’ll open up the longer runs later in the game. If we give him over twenty carries, the chances of us winning sky rocket.

  • Pels04

    This may sound harsh but hear me out. My dad and i were talking about how, from the beginning, Woodhead has been getting most of the reps over Mathews. He said “Mathews is too dumb to run the no huddle, he doesnt get it”. I got kind of upset because i am a Mathews fan. I thought he was joking but he was dead serious. Keep in mind hes been a Charger fan for almost 50 years, so hes seen more heartache than most of us. And he played 4 years of college football. He got me thinking….what really is the reason for Woodhead to get more carries over Mathews? Mathews has been with the team longer and McCoy said what is in the past is the past. So its not that he doesn’t trust Mathews. Or hes lying. Is it talent? No. Size? No. Speed? Maybe. Blocking? Woodhead is definitely better. Vision? Thats my guess. Mathews struggles in choosing the correct lanes, takes unnecessary hits and fights for extra yardage at times when he just needs to get down. Even in open space some of the angles he takes leaves me wondering. Last week he ran out of bounds when everyone and their mom knew he needed to stay in bounds. That got me thinking my dad may actually be on to something here.