Chuck Pagano: If anyone can return from torn Achilles, it’s Robert Mathis

AP

At the end of a minicamp practice in Indianapolis last month, Colts owner Jim Irsay gave linebacker Robert Mathis a watch as a gift.

That’s the cliched gift that an employer gives a retiring employee, but that wasn’t the reason for this gift. For one thing, safety Mike Adams said he saw nothing but diamonds on a watch that doesn’t sound like the simple gold one usually given in such situations. For another, Mathis has said many times this offseason that he plans to be on the field when the 2015 season gets underway.

Mathis actually got the watch in honor of winning the Deacon Jones award after recording 19.5 sacks in 2013. He wasn’t able to follow up on that performance last year because of a four-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs and a torn Achilles suffered while training for his return to the team. Returns to form aren’t a sure thing for 34-year-old players coming off that injury, but coach Chuck Pagano thinks Mathis can make it back.

“When he gets cleared, we’ll get him back on the grass,” Pagano said, via the team’s website. “Then when we get him back, we’ve got to be smart with how we get him back in the lineup and those type of things. Time will tell. I’m not Kreskin or Nostradamus. I don’t know. I’m not trying to be a jokester. I don’t know. If anybody can do it, I’m putting my money on him.”

It’s not clear when Mathis will be cleared, but it is clear that the Colts would be a much more threatening defense with the Mathis of 2013 coming off the edge this season.

21 responses to “Chuck Pagano: If anyone can return from torn Achilles, it’s Robert Mathis

  1. Besides the watch, Irsay also let Mathis know that he can get him as many pain killers as he wants to recover as Irsay has a great connection.

  2. ” If anybody can do it, I’m putting my money on him.”

    See Vince Wilfork – tore achilles in 2013, played strong 2014 season. Current age 33.

  3. “Good guy who owned up to his mistake. I hope he can come back. If not, class act.”

    Sorry but he didn’t own up to anything. His performance declined from 11.5 sacks in 2010 to 9.5 sacks in 2011 to 8 sacks in 2012. And then suddenly at the age of 32 he got an incredible 19.5 sacks in 2013.

    He supposedly got caught for a positive PED test for Clomid, a drug that raises testosterone levels. As was said in the Indy Star, it’s tough to be believe that any prescribing doctor or NFL player wouldn’t know that drug was banned by the league. Mathis claimed he was an innocent victim. I don’t think he owned up to anything.

  4. Good guy who owned up to his mistake. I hope he can come back. If not, class act.
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    How the hell did he own up to his mistake? Because he said he was sorry? This is the the same mentality with old washed up gang members, too. They spend most of their lives stealing and making life miserable for others until they get too old to keep doing it, then somehow they weasel their way onto cushy gang counseling jobs.

  5. They will never win a Super Bowl with Chuck Pagano at head coach. How cliche is “if anyone can do it he can” type of statement. I can’t wait till the pats rush for 5000 yards on them again this upcoming season. This years loss to the pats will sting for Jim Irsay asmuch as it did when Butler picked off that pass against the Hawks.

  6. Mathis is going up against 300 pound offensive linemen every day that are juiced up, yet he’s winning the Deacon Jones award. Great player. Great team. Great coach. Watch Mathis come back and get 20 sacks this year.

  7. heeeeelzfan- lost all respect for Mathis when he blamed his dying mother for him taking a women’s fertility drug that does not help men very much with regards to helping a women get pregnant. That drug was issued to his wife NOT him yet he claims it was for fertility. Anyone and I mean anyone who uses the death of someone like their mother as a complete and utter joke of an excuse I will not ever respect. As someone who lost a parent at an early age I have absolutely zero respect for someone with such low morals and sense of family! He knew it had the same affects as some steroids and he has not one single doctor who vouched for him that they prescribed it to him. Whack ass dude for that.

  8. Mathis at least admitted to it, he just used a lame excuse, as did Gates this year. If you check with Vegas, they probably have a bet on this year’s aging vet…

  9. whoa whoa whoa. You colts haters need to get the facts straight. the “banned substance” he was taking was for the direct reason of attempting to have a child with his wife. I highly doubt a fertility doctor knows what’s on the NFL banned substance list. oh and btw, the medication worked, his wife got pregnant because of that banned substance. Rob Mathis has always been a highly respected man around the league. Yet you foolish, pathetic, petty haters attempt to bash him. Your lives must be so sad

  10. Mathis’ fertility doctor isn’t responsible for what Mathis puts in his body; Mathis is. On top of that, he could have applied for an exemption; he didn’t. Basically, it was a lame cover story.

  11. RegisHawk says:
    Jul 14, 2015 12:13 PM
    Mathis’ fertility doctor isn’t responsible for what Mathis puts in his body; Mathis is. On top of that, he could have applied for an exemption; he didn’t. Basically, it was a lame cover story.
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    Mathis owned up to that part. It’s not remotely a cover story considering the banned substance worked and he was able to get his wife pregnant…Don’t be so ignorant bc you hate on the colts

  12. considering the banned substance worked and he was able to get his wife pregnant

    That’s the cover story. Don’t be so ignorant you miss that point.

  13. Cover story or not, doctor responsibility or not, Mathis was ultimately responsible and screwed up. He admitted as much. He didn’t blame anybody. What you may see as “blame” was his explanation of what and why he did. It’s up to you to determine if you believe that.

    The man is an undersized 5-th round pick with about 115 career sacks–his dip in production coincided with a change in alignment from 4-3 Tampa-2 to 3-4 hybrid and with Freeney leaving. So learning a new position and losing the guy who was always double-teamed across from you. Yeah, they can have negative affects. His QB pressure numbers have been consistent, as well as his league-leading FF numbers over a decade. When he figured things out as a 3-4 OLB, he did well.

    I don’t think he has another 19 sacks coming in his next 16 games, but 10-12 should not surprise anybody.

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