Dec 2, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) motion before the snap next to running back Ryan Mathews (24) during the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Chargers season depends on the success of Ryan Mathews. OH HELL!
The success depends on how successful we are able to get that running game going. Check out this tweet from Christopher Hansen yesterday:
Was very surprised at how much the #Chargers NFL rank in wins followed their rank in rushing yards. Every year except 09 since 06.
— Christopher Hansen (@ChrisHansenNFL) July 11, 2013
So the addition of DJ Fluker on the right side and Jeromey Clary at guard should boost up that running attack.
It actually makes a ton of sense that our record has ranked the same as our rank in rushing yards. The league has turned into a quarterback friendly league, but the running game is still important. We still need to control the time of possession in games and still impose our will on defenses. The offensive line loves the running game. They get to attack and beat on defenders.
Ryan Mathews has the potential to be a Pro Bowl back. He has the skills to be that guy. If we can lean on him a little more and take some of the pressure off of Philip Rivers, then we could be in for a good season.
We lost 5 games last year after having the lead at halftime. If we could have relied on that running game a little more, then we might have been able to pull a couple of those games off. We should have gotten the win against the Broncos and should have gotten the win against the Saints.
We have to be able to run that football!