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Ryan Mathews tells the media to interview offensive linemen

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Chargers running back Ryan Mathews ran for a season-high 110 yards and scored his first rushing touchdown on Sunday, but he didn’t want the credit afterward.

When reporters approached Mathews after the game, he told them that the offensive linemen were the ones who deserved attention.

Interview the linemen,” Mathews said, via U-T San Diego. “They deserve some credit. Go get them. Give them their time to shine.”

The linemen do deserve a lot of credit for the way they played on Sunday. Left tackle King Dunlap got hurt, then his backup, Mike Remmers, got hurt, too, and the Chargers’ line still did an outstanding job protecting Philip Rivers (who completed 22 of 26 passes and was only sacked once) and opening holes for Mathews. Chargers center Nick Hardwick credited his linemates for not missing a beat.

“Rotating, in flux, guys are just football players,” Hardwick said. “Stepped up and just played ball. Everyone’s cross-trained. . . . It’s a flexible group that just loves to play ball and get after it.”

With the line banged up, the Chargers’ bye comes at a good time. But Mathews is right to deflect attention to the way a patchwork line played on Sunday.

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16 Responses to “Ryan Mathews tells the media to interview offensive linemen”
  1. jmpft says: Oct 22, 2013 10:11 AM

    +1 for Matthews. If only he could be consistent…

  2. brassknuckles47 says: Oct 22, 2013 10:22 AM

    He is correct. this line and OL coach Joe D’Alessandris, have done a tremendous job!

  3. humb0lt says: Oct 22, 2013 10:25 AM

    jmpft says: Oct 22, 2013 10:11 AM

    +1 for Matthews. If only he could be consistent…
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    Ditto on that. Maybe, hopefully, Ryan has matured.

  4. bmorepositive123 says: Oct 22, 2013 10:29 AM

    King Dunlop getting hurt CANNOT be understated…

    …it really, really helped the line.

  5. donz0 says: Oct 22, 2013 10:40 AM

    I would give my undivided attention to any offensive lineman on any team. I’m sick of spoiled WRs and annoyed coaches and too cool QBs.

  6. phill1968 says: Oct 22, 2013 10:40 AM

    With that overdone cliche “stay classy”, I must say that is a display of character that is sorely missing these days from any sport. #respect.

  7. fearthehoody says: Oct 22, 2013 10:40 AM

    He was worried he’d get injured during the interviewing process

  8. multiplemiggs says: Oct 22, 2013 10:56 AM

    good guy and awesome draft choice by me for my fantasy team ;)

  9. jvn36 says: Oct 22, 2013 11:26 AM

    His attitude seems better this yr. now he just needs to work on that TD dance. Tolbert shoulda given him some lessons in that dept

  10. soundsofsuccess7 says: Oct 22, 2013 11:45 AM

    This guy isn’t bad

  11. surfoside4life says: Oct 22, 2013 11:49 AM

    Let’s all not forget, they did play the jaguars

  12. jagmankane says: Oct 22, 2013 11:54 AM

    Actually… the credit should go to… the horrible Jags defense.

  13. roanboon says: Oct 22, 2013 12:38 PM

    But the owners don’t want that. Linemen ain’t sellin’ jerseys.

  14. worldlyboar says: Oct 22, 2013 1:33 PM

    Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and running back Ryan Mathews deserve a lot of credit for playing well behind a patchwork offensive line.

    Michael David Smith Oct 20th

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    Looks like Ryan Mathews knows where the credit goes better than PFT bloggers…big surprise.

  15. worldlyboar says: Oct 22, 2013 1:37 PM

    Looks like Ryan Mathews knows where the credit goes better than PFT bloggers…big surprise.

  16. lance19 says: Oct 23, 2013 1:27 AM

    Mathews’ early career has been marred with fumbles and injuries. But the kid has speed and power. He never lost me as a fan because, honestly, I don’t see any running back in the NFL who gives more on each carry (in fact, that extra, extra effort probably was the cause of a few of those early fumbles)

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