Ryan Mathews: I’m about to blow it away

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Chargers running back Ryan Mathews is going through his second straight offseason as the subject of much discussion.

The difference is that the discussion is more positive this time around. People inside and outside the organization have been talking Mathews up at every opportunity with the common belief being that he could be on the verge of a huge season. Mathews ran for 1,091 yards in 14 games last season, averaging 4.9 yards per carry, and Mike Tolbert’s departure should mean a heavier workload this time around.

That’s very different than the buzz last year. Everyone was talking about Mathews failing a conditioning test at the start of training camp last summer, something that Mathews knows can’t happen again. During an interview with XTRA Sports 1360 in San Diego, via SportsRadioInterviews.com, Mathews said that he’s coming to camp fit as a fiddle this time around.

“You can’t want to be the star running back and come into camp and not be able to do the conditioning test and that was my main thing is how my fans saw me and my team saw me,” Mathews said. “I don’t want to feel like that again. I had a great offseason and great OTA’s and mini camp, so I’m about to blow it away. It is going to be fun.”

If Mathews makes good on all the lofty predictions, it would mean he stayed in the lineup all year — he hasn’t done that in either of his first two seasons — and that will greatly increase the likelihood for fun in San Diego this season.

30 responses to “Ryan Mathews: I’m about to blow it away

  1. Matthews is the RB version of Romo: always the center of conversation saying this is his year finally and he always ends up falling short of expectations. It’s a pass happy offense in San Diego and running behind McClain (who will be begging for carries by week 4) doesn’t help much either. I’d say he averages 80 yds/GM and ends up with 10 td’s in 16 games. Not terrible just not what the media is hyping him up to be.

  2. At least he’s accepting responsibility. Sad that that is refreshing in a young pro athlete.

  3. @oside760 Norv coached Emmit Smith and Frank Gore so he has shown that he can have great backs. AJ was around for LT, so he should be ok also.

    Last year, after Dielman went down, Matthews played extremely well.

    My only question is if he can stay healthy for 16 games? If he can, I expect great things from Matthews this year.

  4. rockthered1286 says:
    Jul 18, 2012 8:36 PM
    Matthews is the RB version of Romo: always the center of conversation saying this is his year finally and he always ends up falling short of expectations. It’s a pass happy offense in San Diego and running behind McClain (who will be begging for carries by week 4) doesn’t help much either. I’d say he averages 80 yds/GM and ends up with 10 td’s in 16 games. Not terrible just not what the media is hyping him up to be.

    80 yards a game equals 1280 rushing yards not to mention the 50+ catches he will probably get. Don’t spew nonsense

  5. Doubt it. Even if you do play well, Norv will make sure you guys suck ass once more.

  6. As a Raider fan I really root for this guy. He needs to BRING IT the way he used to at Fresno State. Just hope it dosent do much against us the two games we play against eachother.

  7. “…my main thing is how my fans saw me…”

    I think he should be a lot more concerned about how his coaches and teammates saw him, which was as an underachiever at the very least.

  8. Cant effing wait for next season…. I need to get back in that stadium pronto tonto….

  9. Not behind that offensive line he won’t. The poor line is the single biggest reason SD isn’t going anywhere again this season.

  10. From the “blow it away” headline I thought the story was going to be about today’s athlete in trouble with the law. Silly me!

  11. This guy has talent and if you look carefully at what he said you can see that it is a bit more than self-hype or bragging. He was lazy last year and he heard about it. That embarrassed him and he said “I don’t want to feel like that again.” I believe the kid. If he stays healthy he may just lead the league in rushing. I’m not one for FF but I would take him this year.

  12. The guy has serious potential and obviously a decent head on his shoulders. Just gained some attention from this fantasy football addict!

  13. imthedudedude says:
    Jul 18, 2012 9:11 PM
    Ha he’s gonna blow it away.. Talking about your cash or ACL?
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    My thoughts exactly. He’s right either way. He’s going to blow something.

  14. IMO, If he stays healthy and thats a big if. He will be have the break out season they are predicting.
    Not sure comparing him to Romo is accurate, considering Mathews has been in the league for 2 years. 1 offseason his rookie intro and the other a lockout.

  15. Welcome to Ronnie Brown 2.0…..

    Dude can’t stay healthy for 16 games….. Isn’t even all that great when he’s in there…. At some point you have to admit you made the wrong pick…..

    He’s certainly not making anyone forget about LT…. If anything, he’s just frustrating the fan base…

  16. As a Texans fan, still very glad we didn’t draft him.

    Once drafted by the Chargers he said “I’m so glad Houston didn’t pick me, I didn’t want to go there.”

    Funny how things work out. We now arguably have the best RB in league. Oh, and been to the playoffs, unlike the Chargers in last 2 years since you were drafted.

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