Doug Pederson concerned about fumbles, but not down on Ryan Mathews

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Eagles running back Ryan Mathews lost a fumble in the fourth quarter for the second time in three games against the Vikings, although the turnover didn’t wind up hurting the team in a 21-10 victory.

That wasn’t the case in Week Five against the Lions, when Detroit took advantage of Mathews’ miscue to drive for a go-ahead field goal in what became a 24-23 victory. Mathews lost three fumbles for the Eagles last year and has fumbled 20 times over the course of his career, although neither recent nor distant history have coach Doug Pederson feeling down about the back.

“Well, it’s definitely a concern and we don’t want to see it, especially in those situations – four-minute situations there at the end of the game,” Pederson said in his Monday press confrence. “We’ve got to continue to either find out if he’s tired, where he’s at at the end of the game; if we need to put Wendell [Smallwood] or Darren [Sproles] in there – we’ll find out more about that. But by no means am I down on Ryan at all. We just have to make sure that he understands that he can’t obviously do that and put ourselves in a situation where we’re giving the ball back to the opponent.”

Whether Mathews understands that it’s a negative to fumble the ball or not is secondary to whether he’s doing the right things to avoid turnovers that can make life more difficult for his team. His history says its an issue and it probably won’t take more than another fumble or two for the Eagles to rethink who is getting the ball down the stretch in games.

9 responses to “Doug Pederson concerned about fumbles, but not down on Ryan Mathews

  1. Where is his RB Coach? Come on Deuce Staley…do your job. It’s obvious on film that Ryan fundamentally is breaking down late in games and not protecting the ball. Against Detroit…held it in the wrong arm. Last week, trying to ward off a tackler instead of going down, covering the ball with both arms! Fundamentals is all it is…

  2. come on doug. you know you want to say it…

    carson’s ball security really reminds you of a brett favre or a warren moon in terms of the volume of fumbles and just the way he prepares each game to mishandle the ball. it’s very favre like.

  3. Chargers fan here. Absolutely love Ryan Mathews. Great guy from what I’ve ever seen of him. And being drafted in the first round to literally REPLACE one of the greatest running backs in history, and your own personal hero (LT) must have been more stress than one person could possibly handle.

    But all that being said, he never was the back we hoped he’d be… And fumbles were a major part of that…

    I certainly wish him (and Sproles!) well.

    But we’re very excited about Melvin Gordon at the same time 😉

    Peace y’all!

  4. I remember watching the Eagles when they would play the Giants, w Tiki Barber. And it was known Tiki had an issue with fumbling, or holding the ball correctly..
    We used to love watching Tiki fumble it..

    Then 1 yr, he came out holding it differently, and his drops disappeared. He no longer fumbled, or got it punched out, or handled it wrong. And the Giants started doing a Lot better against the Eagles.

    Ryan Matthews needs to look that up. figure out what he needs to do to secure that ball better. Then, He’ll be awesome. instead of just decent. Eagles fans are behind him, he’s a hard working guy, and we see it. JUST DONT DROP IT!

  5. cav2ya says:
    Oct 25, 2016 1:39 PM

    Then 1 yr, he came out holding it differently, and his drops disappeared. He no longer fumbled, or got it punched out, or handled it wrong. And the Giants started doing a Lot better against the Eagles.

    =====

    i remember that. barber used to call it carrying it “high and tight” or something like that. instead of carrying it in the crook of your arm between your hand and your bicep, he started carrying it jammed up into his chest near his pec.

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