September 23, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) and head coach Norv Turner (left) prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Feed Ryan Mathews The Ball

We are going to Cincinnati today. The Chargers are already there. Temperatures will be low. It’s the playoffs. Of the games that have been played, one club showed that a dome team can beat an outdoor team in their own cold weather. Another showed that they can come from behind, no matter how big the hole is. This is January Football, my friends.

For the last 3 years, Ryan Mathews has been beaten up badly on the field, and in the media. Any player that sustains two broken collarbones in the same year has to get a pass, right? Unfortunately, the oft-injured running back got little love, after a few years of fumbles, injuries, and unfavorable press. In Norv Turners pass-happy system, Ryan found limited success on the field.

It was said that he couldn’t carry the running game. It was said that he was made of glass, and lacked toughness. It was said that he couldn’t learn “vision”, break off big runs, or withstand a full season. All the evidence pointed to him being a setback to this team’s future. Yet, he is one of the main reasons we are in the playoffs.

When I take a hard look at Ryan Mathews, I see a guy who works extremely hard. His toughness is down-right impressive (Especially after contact). But, that’s not why I am writing this piece. It’s because I have a lot of respect for him. Aside from the pro-football admiration, I love that he speaks from the heart. He may not be Shakespeare, but he will let you know that Norv brought an element of complacency to this organization.

Now we are in the playoffs. The hiring of Joe D’Alessandris has made Ryan’s job a lot easier. Whisenhunt & McCoy have finally put their trust in Mathews. Most importantly… Philip trusts Mathews to carry it. That is something that Philip hasn’t had for a while, and Ryan can finally do what he was drafted for. He is going to be leaned on heavily in Cincinnati, and he is primed for another 100+ yard game.

Ryan Mathews is set up for the game of his life!

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  • Peter Thompson

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  • Mark G

    I never gave up on Ryan, Norv’s strategy was to give him the silent treatment like some ladies do instead of treating has players like men. That caused more stress for Ryan than “get back in there are hold that ball close”.

  • Daryl Peek

    I remember catching hell for defending RM24. My argument was how Norv under used him when he was healthy. I also got it for defending his fumbles as something that most young backs do. We were spoiled by LT, one of the greatest RB of all-time. Very unfair to try an hold RM24 to his standards given the rarity of a back like that.

    RM24 felt that pressure and admirably tried to live up to it. Now he’s just being him and both he and the team has benefited due to the trust of a well overdue feature back workload.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Couldn’t agree more, Pete. And the same goes for that “meltdown” article you just wrote too :)
    Charger Pride!!!

  • 1961 Fan

    The game is over, on to Denver. Peyton will be gunning for the Bolts and to get revenge for the Chargers winning there once this season.
    * The Bengals game = give credit to Andy Dalton for handing the Chargers a win. A win is still a win, I’ll take it.