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Ryan Mathews: I’ve got to do more and be better

Ryan Mathews, Philip Rivers AP

The Chargers had been waiting for running back Ryan Mathews to make it through an entire 16-game season since selecting him with the 12th pick of the 2010 draft and they finally got their wish in 2013.

Mathews played all 16 games, ran for 1,255 yards and kept his previous problems with fumbling under control as the Chargers advanced to the playoffs. The injury bug finally caught up to Mathews at that point and he was limited by a sprained ankle in the team’s two playoff contests, leaving him feeling like there’s unfinished business heading into the 2014 season.

“It was hard, not being able to finish the year out,” Mathews said, via ESPN.com. “Sixteen games is 16 games. I played a full season, but I didn’t really get to contribute in the games after the season — the real games when it really counts. That’s my expectation this season. I’ve got to do more and do better, so I can be there with my guys to be able to help them out as much as I can when we get there again.”

The Chargers brought in Donald Brown to go with Mathews and Danny Woodhead during the offseason, but they still talk about Mathews as the workhorse in the backfield this season. With his contract up after the season, his performance in that role will likely determine whether or not he’s back in San Diego for another one.

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15 Responses to “Ryan Mathews: I’ve got to do more and be better”
  1. strockrocks says: Jul 18, 2014 8:42 AM

    Was I that drunk where I don’t remember San Diego going to the playoffs?????

  2. rawdog2013 says: Jul 18, 2014 9:05 AM

    Be honest, Ryan. It’s playing for the Chokers that made it impossible to play a full 16. It’s playing for the chokers that made you never live up to that 1st round draft pick.

    You would have been a pro bowl player every year for another team if The Lord of no Rings and his Ox (charger fans) never got a hold of you.

    Raiders >

  3. natelan69 says: Jul 18, 2014 9:49 AM

    strockrocks says:
    Jul 18, 2014 8:42 AM
    Was I that drunk where I don’t remember San Diego going to the playoffs?????

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    Apparently (might have that checked into), because we crushed the Bengals in the Wild Card round and then were barely beaten by the Broncos in Denver (where we had already beaten them in the regular season).

  4. natelan69 says: Jul 18, 2014 9:50 AM

    strockrocks says:
    Jul 18, 2014 8:42 AM
    Was I that drunk where I don’t remember San Diego going to the playoffs?????

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    Ask Steelers fans if they remember the Chargers going into the playoffs last year.

    Oh the lulz!!

  5. natelan69 says: Jul 18, 2014 9:53 AM

    rawdog2013 says:
    Jul 18, 2014 9:05 AM
    Be honest, Ryan. It’s playing for the Chokers that made it impossible to play a full 16. It’s playing for the chokers that made you never live up to that 1st round draft pick.

    You would have been a pro bowl player every year for another team if The Lord of no Rings and his Ox (charger fans) never got a hold of you.

    Raiders >

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    Shhhhhh, you just try to focus on ending your 11-straight-seasons-without-a-winning-season streak this year.

    Not gonna’ happen, though. NFC West this year, plus two against Broncos, Chargers and Chiefs? Let’s go ahead and chalk this up as your 12th straight non-winning season.

    Pathetic!!

  6. gimmeabeerman says: Jul 18, 2014 10:11 AM

    Raiders went .500 with Chargers last season….

  7. chargersdiehard says: Jul 18, 2014 10:11 AM

    Could be worse. He could be as soft as Darren McFragile.

  8. gimmeabeerman says: Jul 18, 2014 10:14 AM

    I hope he has a bad year and they let him go so the Raiders can pick him up next year. It would be pretty cool to have DC handing off to Ryan Mathews. Go Dogs! GO Raiders!

  9. humb0lt says: Jul 18, 2014 10:49 AM

    Ryan Mathews is a stud who has matured into one of the best backs in the NFL. He fits perfectly in the offensive system that was so successful for Philip Rivers and the Chargers last year and will be even better this season. He is explosive off the line and can move a pile and move the chains. He will break off 10, 15, 20, 25 yard runs for you on any given drive. He doesn’t possess the sixth gear like LT, who was a threat to take it to the house anywhere on the field from any distance. But that is OK, because Ryan’s style is what the Chargers’ ball control, TOP dominating offense requires, especially against the Denvers of the league.

  10. joetoronto says: Jul 18, 2014 12:40 PM

    Spanos is going to make the most of his money and have injured players dust the empty trophy case once in a while.

    Choo choo!

  11. dalcow4 says: Jul 18, 2014 12:59 PM

    Due to the soft RB market, Mathews will likely be back next year at a team-friendly price.

  12. rodgersfeeblecollarbone says: Jul 18, 2014 1:30 PM

    Awesome…

    There are 3 RB’s on this team better than Eddie “Too Fat Cause of Big Macs” Lacy

    Sorry Green Bay

    Still trying my best to find a RB worse than yours.

  13. rawdog2013 says: Jul 18, 2014 4:22 PM

    @chargersdiehard
    You can just say McFragile. No need to add the Darren part, just an FYI. Everyone knows.

    @humb0lt
    You exemplify a Chargers fan. I notice you always talk about Denver in most of your posts. Denver this, Denver that. Just like all Charger fans you believe it’s okay to be a fan of two teams…in the same division.
    It goes back to my original point, every Charger fan goes both ways.

  14. humb0lt says: Jul 18, 2014 5:24 PM

    What the hail you talking about, rawpuppy? I mentioned Denver because the best way to beat Peyton Manning is to keep him off the field, which the Bolts were successful at during the regular season game in Denver when the Bolts won 27-20 behind Ryan’s 127 yards on the ground. The Bolts would’ve probably beaten the Broncos again in Denver in the playoffs had Ryan been able to stay in the game.

  15. raiderapologist says: Jul 18, 2014 8:57 PM

    humb0lt says: Jul 18, 2014 10:49 AM

    Ryan Mathews is a stud who has matured into one of the best backs in the NFL. He fits perfectly in the offensive system that was so successful for Philip Rivers and the Chargers last year and will be even better this season. He is explosive off the line and can move a pile and move the chains. He will break off 10, 15, 20, 25 yard runs for you on any given drive. He doesn’t possess the sixth gear like LT, who was a threat to take it to the house anywhere on the field from any distance. But that is OK, because Ryan’s style is what the Chargers’ ball control, TOP dominating offense requires, especially against the Denvers of the league.
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    Mathews is perfect for San Diego. Even if he lives up to his potential, he will be a choo choo choker in the playoffs.

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