Props to Ryan Mathews For Changing His Perception

By Ernie Padaon

Dec 8, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs for a first down during the second half against the New York Giants at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 37-14. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Much props have to go out to Ryan Mathews for the performance that he has put together this season. He has been handling the rock a ton and that old injury bug and fumblitis doesn’t seem to be an issue any more. Under the new coaching staff, he seems to be running with confidence and authority. He also has a few big guys up front that are opening up some holes for him to get through. A lot of credit has to go to the guys up front.

Mathews has 4 games this season in which he has broken that 100-yard barrier. He only trails LeSean McCoy and Adrian Peterson in that mark this season.

Mathews has now hit the top 10 mark this season. He has 885 yards and trails Eddie Lacy by a couple of yards. He could finish the season in the top 10 in the league. Nice accomplishment from a player that had to shoulder all kinds of criticism going into the season.

Love the work that he has put in this season. The team is trusting him more and more as the season progresses. He is getting more touches in short yardage situations. The team kept pounding the rock at the goal line on Sunday and he cashed in with the touchdown. While the team protecting their lead, Mathews made things easy by pounding out runs for first downs over and over again.

Happy to see Ryan get things rolling.