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NOTEBOOK: Mathews watches again

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by CoronaDoug, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    NOTEBOOK: Mathews watches again

    By Kevin Acee

    Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 9 p.m

    Ryan Mathews was the first Chargers player off the field, his uniform spotless. He was one of the first to leave the locker room, as there was no need for a shower.

    The Chargers’ first-round draft pick did not play a single snap in Sunday’s 28-13 loss to the Raiders, once again a victim of the scoreboard and his own inexperience.

    The Chargers were down 14-0 after the first quarter and ran just five times after that.

    “It’s disappointing,” Norv Turner said. “I would like Ryan to play. We were throwing the ball. The hardest part is the (pass) protection when you’re in the nickel situation. Obviously, (Mike) Tolbert knows the protections … We don’t want to play a game this way. We dug ourselves a hole and we were trying to get out of it.”

    Mathews, the 12th overall pick, had been inactive the past two games. In all, he has missed the equivalent of more than four games due to a high ankle sprain suffered in the season’s second week. Until this past Monday, he had not practiced since the first week of November.

    “I’m good,” Mathews said. “I was ready to go in
    . I’ll just wait my turn. I’m a young running back. I know what they’re doing. It’s all a learning process. I’ve got to take every game and learn from it. Part of learning is getting better just watching.”

    Turner said Mathews “will play next week.”

    Mathews repeatedly smiled, talking as he left Qualcom Stadium after another fruitless afternoon. He has run out of ways to say he is disappointed and frustrated and seems intent on being the good soldier.

    “I’m at that wall,” he said. “It’s how I handle it and face adversity. I’m staying strong.”

    NOTEBOOK: Mathews watches again - SignOnSanDiego.com
     
  2. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    In other words Mathews is too stupid to pick up the blitz scheme. What has he been doing while applying the 50/50 mix of Icy Hot and Vagisil? Obviously not watching film or looking at the playbook.

    I have been given the prophet thing for a reason. I was going to wait until next season (or after Kaeding was gone) to drop it on all of you but..... Mathews will be the next Kaeding. Remember this day.
     
  3. powayslugger

    powayslugger Feckless Slappy

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    **** we ran 7 times... not like he was going to be much use out there. We would have been better to play a reserve tackle at RB or someone who can actually block.

    Mathews has been a china doll pussie since he arrived. He had that knock in college... why should we expect to see a change? Another wasted #1 draft choice... AJ is on a huge losing streak with his #1s lately... they're all lame azz hurt picks.

    getting behind early or whatever... gives Norv just another reason to keep slinging the ball around and make excuses for our crappy run blocking.

    NFL adage... "if you can't run you can't win"... proven again versus the Raihdas.
     
  4. Old School SD Fan

    Old School SD Fan Unhappy Camper

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    Mathews question mark is his health, is he gonna be an injury prone player or not? He still looks like one of the few 'hits' in the draft by a GM that's been missing on his picks for far too many years (yes, he's the king of the UDFA market, I'll give him that).
     
  5. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    Wrong. In otherwords Norv doesn't know how to pick up on elementary matchup advantages, and ran our slow heavy converted fullback into the heart of heaviest defense (pound for pound) in the league. Remember how much success LT had against the Raiders? It was because he could bounce it outside and make the LBs chase him.....Tolbert can't do that. #35 is the right matchup vs Indy because they are undersized, but Mathews needed 15+ touches in this game.

    Norv flat out panicked and abandoned any hope of staying balanced on offense. In affect getting us in 3rd and longs, and putting our exauhsted defense on the field over and over again.
     
  6. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    I agree that using Tolbert like that is wrong. The issue is WHY he did not attempt to run Mathews? Why would Norv come out and say that it was because he could not pick up the blitz if it were not true? No advantage to Norv to toss Mathews under the bus.
     
  7. Old School SD Fan

    Old School SD Fan Unhappy Camper

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    Look, I just think Norv is a terrible coach, every time we get blitzed to death, he sticks to calling 5-7 step drops, he just refuses to go to a 3 step drop offense. As stubborn as AJ. When he did call a few quick drops, Rivers converted, but he just won't do it, been waiting forever, but he won't do it.

    And Tolbert is perhaps the slowest RB to get to the LOS I've seen in years. Just terrible when there's no holes, which is fairly typical for this OL.

    This team is going NOWHERE until attention is paid to the trenches, our starting 5 OL are NOT playoff calibre as a unit nor is our 3-4's front 7. Perhaps new ownership will put a team in place that will draft better and that will play free agency, otherwise we're in a 2-3 year rebuild before we'll be even thinking about another Lombardi shot.
     
  8. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    I have no clue. I was pounding my head against the wall trying to figure that out myself. After hyping the kid all year, he finally bails on him when he needed him most.

    Picking up a blitz is not difficult, its a matter of standing in the way of another man running at your QB. If he can't pick it up after 8 months I have no choice but to assume its a coaching issue.
     
  9. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I only put idiots on ignore...

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    You mean Mathews is going to be our kicker too?
     

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