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Run game reality

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    By Kevin Acee
    Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 10:29 a.m.

    Is the Chargers’ running game better this year?
    How is that even a question we keep asking?
    It could be better yet, but it is definitely better than it was.
    Even with their issues trailing big in each of their losses, the Chargers have run 30 more times through nine games this season versus 2009, and they’re running more effectively.
    Last year through nine games, they were averaging a league-worst 75.1 rushing yards per game. Their top three rushers were combining for 3.4 yards a carry. They had a league-low 17 rushes for 10 yards or more.
    This year, they rank 14th at 107.4 yards a game, their top three rushers are averaging a combined 4.5 yards a carry, and they are tied for 12th with 25 rushes for 10 or more yards.
    “It’s a combination of things,” quarterback Philip Rivers said. “… The backs are doing a great job. The line deserves a lot of credit. They’d be the first to say, they’re a little tighter, a little cleaner. That’s just called improvement.”
    Last season at this time, LaDainian Tomlinson had missed two games with an ankle injury and had 385 yards on 115 carries. This season, Ryan Mathews has missed slightly more than the equivalent of two games with an ankle injury and has 382 yards on 87 carries.
    Last season at this time, Mike Tolbert had 11 yards on three carries. He has run 87 times for 395 yards this season.
    Darren Sproles had 184 yards on 51 carries through nine games in 2009. He has 131 yards on 26 carries this season.

    The Chargers need to figure out how to run more – i.e., not fall behind by a lot of points and have their running backs stay healthy.
    The Chargers trailed by five points at halftime two weeks ago against Tennessee, took a lead midway through the third quarter and ran on 12 of their final 19 plays. They trailed by six at halftime of their last game and ran two more times in the second half than they did in the first, despite Mathews being out and Tolbert being hobbled, both with ankle injuries.
    The Chargers have run 128 times in their four victories, 112 times in their five losses.
    “When it fits in the scheme of the game, when we’re able to run the ball,” guard Kris Dielman said, “we can run the ball.”

  2. BoltFanDC

    BoltFanDC McCoy and Pags Should Pack Their Bags

    Nov 12, 2007
    Acee missed one point, they need to HOLD ON TO THE DAMN BALL!
  3. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Injuries and Fumbles!

    Mathews did not fumble at all in College. I don't know what that crazy arm brace does for him. I have not seen a RB where anything that crazy in a long time if at all. It is mostly the beef that wear those types of braces. He does have a history of some injury in the past. I am just curious of what the diagnosis was in 2008.

    2007: Missed the Humanitarian Bowl (12/31/07) with a torn muscle near his collarbone.
    Mathews enrolled at Fresno State in 2007 and immediately garnered playing time. He spilt carries with Lonyae Miller and Clifton Smith, as the trio was expected to fill the shoes of Dwayne Wright who had departed early for the NFL draft at the conclusion of the previous season.

    2008: Missed five games (Hawai'i, Nevada, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Boise State) and played sparingly in three others (Idaho, Louisiana Tech, Colorado State) with nagging knee and foot injuries.
    As a sophomore, Mathews went down with knee and foot injuries, missing five full games and playing sparingly in three others in 2008.

    2009: Suffered a mild concussion in the first half vs. Nevada and did not return to the game … Missed the following week's game vs. Louisiana Tech (11/21/09) before returning vs. Illinois (12/5/09)
  4. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2006
    Just say it already.

    Dude is a puss.
  5. Old School SD Fan

    Old School SD Fan Unhappy Camper

    Jun 29, 2006
    What bugs me is the stats SAY we're running better and have a decent run game, but when we NEED to be able to run the ball, we don't seem to be doing it. Situational issue.

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