Oct 31, 2011; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs fullback Le
Ryan Mathews has played in one game this season and his name is all over San Diego sports news. His fumble changed the course of the game and people are calling for his head! Everyone has an opinion on what the Chargers should do with Ryan.
GM AJ Smith even joined in on the parade:
“I am very concerned, and it has to stop,” Smith told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I believe you can improve in ball security. And no one works any harder in trying to get better than Ryan. However, if it continues he will play less.”
“Extremely talented players like Ryan get multiple opportunities to improve,” Smith continued. “What happens to fumblers is, first, they play less. Second, if it continues while they’re playing on a limited basis, then you don’t play for a while and you get to sit and think about it.
Ryan will still get the chances to tote that rock. He has a big fat red X on him when he handles it though. Every team in the league will be ripping at the football when it gets to his buttery hands.
It is up to Ryan to silence the onslaught. It will be up to him to change the tune around the town. I still have his back, but when he doesn’t change his trends of injuries and fumbles, it becomes difficult to back him up.
I can imagine the towns cries if he fumbles against the Chiefs. “CUT HIM!!!!!”, “AJ SUCKS!”, “START Jackie Battle!!!!”
Remember when people were frustrated with Eric Weddle? Cant catch a football and can’t make a tackle? Give the kid some time! He has talent.
Of course if he has a big fumble against the Chiefs, I might jump join the bandwagon on Ryan Mathews hate. Hold onto the football, win some football games and quiet the masses.