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Ryan Mathews is back in the Chargers’ good graces

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It doesn’t sound like we’re going to have another week of speculation about the identity of the Chargers’ starting running back.

Ryan Mathews ran for 80 yards on 12 carries Sunday night and added 59 receiving yards for the kind of performance that left little doubt about which of San Diego back brought the most to the table. He also didn’t fumble, which meant there was no reason for the Chargers to give a bigger share of the workload to Jackie Battle during their failed attempt to knock off the Saints at the Superdome.

Coach Norv Turner essentially admitted the same after the contest. Turner said he expects Mathews to be one of the league’s leading rushers, a level it is difficult to reach if you’re the second man in the running back rotation, and praised Mathews’ resiliency after he got sentenced to extra time on the bench because of fumbles.

“Ryan was outstanding,” Turner said, via the team’s website. “Everything I’ve said about him in the offseason, everytime he’s had adversity, he’s come back stronger. People want to count him out or say, ‘Hey, you can’t count on this guy,’ but he’s come back stronger.”

The Chargers probably didn’t give Mathews quite enough playing time when all was said and done on Sunday night, but that shouldn’t be a problem going forward if Turner is going to maximize the potential of the San Diego offense.

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25 Responses to “Ryan Mathews is back in the Chargers’ good graces”
  1. gochargersgo says: Oct 8, 2012 3:55 PM

    Watching Jackie battle run is like watching Ryan Matthews run with one of those training parachutes strapped to his back. Turner had no choice. Fumbles cost games, but so does stubbornly keeping your best player on the sidelines.

  2. opietaylor says: Oct 8, 2012 3:55 PM

    Yeah until he puts another on the ground. AJ is an A-&@$@ leave the kid alone and let him play without the threats

  3. cletusvandam says: Oct 8, 2012 3:57 PM

    Almost everytime Mathews touched the ball last night he got 10+ yard and the Chargers kept giving it to Ronnie Brown and Jackie Battle. They deserved to lose.
    I get making a point about the fumbling but it’s time to help him with it and move on. He is easily the best player on SD

  4. yaryers says: Oct 8, 2012 3:57 PM

    Unbelievable that Turner moved away from Mathews in the second half. Especially considering he was averaging about 8 yards per touch.

    Why is this guy our coach, again?

  5. hutch119 says: Oct 8, 2012 4:04 PM

    What happened to the articles bashing the refs? We waited 3 weeks for the replacements to blow some calls late in a game that directly impacted the outcome and yesterday we had a phantom OPI followed by a phantom hold to clinch a win for the Saints. Yet no mention on any website? Why aren’t we holding these refs to a higher standard?

    This week was as bad as any week officiated by the replacements and not a single article. KC wins without that joke of a non fumble on Flacco, no mention, Miami wins despite the refs best efforts to blow it for them, no mention.

    All these guys do is go about making mind blowingly bad calls a little faster.

  6. tharoostah says: Oct 8, 2012 4:12 PM

    The choice to give so many carries to Battle/Brown last night was unbelievably stupid. While Battle and Brown didn’t make any real obvious mistakes, you never know what may have happen on some of those plays if their best player had the ball. That Mathews TD would have been a 4 or 5 yd gain for Battle or Brown. Who knows which of the other short gains Mathews would have broke. His pass protection was excellent as well. San Diego deserved to loose.

  7. cletusvandam says: Oct 8, 2012 4:19 PM

    hutch119 says:
    Oct 8, 2012 4:04 PM
    What happened to the articles bashing the refs? We waited 3 weeks for the replacements to blow some calls late in a game that directly impacted the outcome and yesterday we had a phantom OPI followed by a phantom hold to clinch a win for the Saints. Yet no mention on any website? Why aren’t we holding these refs to a higher standard?

    This week was as bad as any week officiated by the replacements and not a single article. KC wins without that joke of a non fumble on Flacco, no mention, Miami wins despite the refs best efforts to blow it for them, no mention.

    All these guys do is go about making mind blowingly bad calls a little faster.

    —————————–
    I agree, but you knew it was going to be this way. I can’t remember what game I was watching, but there was obvious pass interference that wasn’t called. I mean on the replay the wr’s arm was being pinned to his side by the cb and nothing, no call. The commentators actually DEFENDED the refs for not making the call. Had it been the replacements that missed it we’d have had to listen to 20 minutes of their indignation that these horrible people couldn’t get an obvious call correct. Then get on here and read 15 stories about how the replacements were D grade refs and called the wrong jersey number when they did make a call.

  8. konichiwabtches says: Oct 8, 2012 4:24 PM

    IF ….the offense would have put up some points in the second half, those calls wouldn’t have mattered.
    They had that game in the bag, all they had to do was stop NO, and put a few more points on the board. But they couldn’t do either.

  9. mikebyrne1502 says: Oct 8, 2012 4:29 PM

    Hutch I feel your pain, but two things lost us this game, a bad decision by our rookie, and Norv’s inability to get his offense to put points on the board in the 4th quarter-s. Not the first game the o has put points on the board in the first half and early 3rd then suddenly disappear. Yea there was some bad calls for some big plays, but its not the refs fault we can’t score in the 4th.

  10. socalraider909 says: Oct 8, 2012 4:42 PM

    Even with all of his talent The chargers will end up releasing him and he will succeed elsewhere I’m not bashing anyone but it seems like this happens every year

  11. Chargers have no rings says: Oct 8, 2012 4:52 PM

    Leave it to Charger fans to blame the refs, great job by Norv on that last drive to give Gaither some help by the way.

  12. nvandy42 says: Oct 8, 2012 4:55 PM

    Picked him up in the middle of the 3rd round of my fantasy draft…… STEAL!!! Not a bad flex play behind McFadden and MJD…

  13. baloneyjohn says: Oct 8, 2012 4:56 PM

    A couple of fumbles, the fans calling for his head and BINGO. He will be riding the pines again

  14. seanje says: Oct 8, 2012 5:06 PM

    “People want to count him out or say, ‘Hey, you can’t count on this guy,’…”

    No Norv, that’s just you.

    Unbelievable.

  15. yamchargers says: Oct 8, 2012 5:08 PM

    “What happened to the articles bashing the refs?”

    Come on now we dont want to sound like a bunch of whiney Packers fans.

    That being said at least one major site acknowledged the issue or poor officiating in last nights game, which is a minor miracle these days unless the Packers are involved.

    Its tough when it happens to any team but remember its only the end of the world when it happens to the Packers or Steelers.

  16. yaryers says: Oct 8, 2012 5:10 PM

    @cletusvandam
    “I can’t remember what game I was watching, but there was obvious pass interference that wasn’t called. I mean on the replay the wr’s arm was being pinned to his side by the cb and nothing, no call.”

    The game you’re thinking of was….this game.

    Rivers threw to Floyd on the right hash mark, Floyd jumped up to shield off the defender and catch it in his gut, and the defender pinned Floyd’s right arm to his side. Floyd had to try to catch it with only his left against his gut. The ball got knocked into the air, and the Saints had an easy pick.

  17. cletusvandam says: Oct 8, 2012 6:03 PM

    @yaryers You are correct, it was also during this game that Collinsworth was talking about the “side bets” the Saints had during practice when Vilma and Vitt and Payton were not suspended lol

  18. steelerfan9598 says: Oct 8, 2012 6:49 PM

    Dude was killing it but yet, aside from one play, it was all Ronnie Brown on the final drive. Who puts a player having a game like that on the sideline?

  19. zn0rseman says: Oct 8, 2012 7:14 PM

    As a Vikings fan I can say for a fact that the Chargers got screwed by the refs to give the Saints a win… and it was on purpose.

  20. joetoronto says: Oct 8, 2012 8:31 PM

    Mathews is a loser and perfect for that team.

  21. bubbasmithguy says: Oct 8, 2012 8:42 PM

    Norv Turner is an absolute moron. The Chargers could have won that game if they would have given the ball to Mathews more. The Saints could not stop him. He was averaging 10 yards a carry and they kept bringing in Ronnie “washed-up” Brown. Unbelievable. Sometimes coaches think they know more than anyone else and they miss the obvious. Very Parcells like.

  22. ninebarrows says: Oct 9, 2012 12:10 AM

    The ref won the game for the Saints, the Chargers had the game in the bag until the ref made at least three bad calls.
    Maybe tv shows too much detail, but I saw three ignored pass interference calls.
    The game was stolen, go chargers I am staying in the bandwagon til the playoffs and beyond.
    go get Manning on Monday.

  23. ambitoos says: Oct 9, 2012 12:15 AM

    The Chargers are an 8 and 8 team. This team will remain mediocre untill Spanos makes some GM and coaching changes. This team has Norv’s personality. You would think that Spanos would be sick and tired of his marshmellow offensive line.

  24. r8rh8r says: Oct 9, 2012 1:33 AM

    Mathews is a loser and perfect for that team.

    Joe, experience speaking, yeah? Just suck baby! I’m sure you are used to the cellar by now though…

    In other news, Norv, Mathews isn’t the problem, you are, and have been for 5 years now!

  25. sternagle says: Oct 9, 2012 4:26 AM

    Can’t wait for san diego to send one more great player to NOLA.

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