Ryan Mathews Continues to Depress

By Ernie Padaon

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. 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!