San Diego is tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for 24th in yards per rushing attempt this season. An explosive rushing attack opens up the field for more deep passes and takes pressure away from the quarterback.
When one looks at players with at least 10 carries, Ronnie Brown leads San Diego with an average of 4.5 yards per rushing attempt. Brown is a backup running back, so he only averages about three rushing attempts per game.
I expected more from Ryan Mathews coming off a season in which he ranked 10th in the NFL with 1,091 rushing yards and averaged 4.9 yards per attempt.
Mathews leads San Diego in carries and is averaging a career low 4.1 yards per attempt heading into today’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Mathews broke his clavicle in San Diego’s first preseason game against the Green Bay Packers in August which caused him to miss the first two regular season games.
Mathews averaged 15.9 carries per game last season while Mike Tolbert was second on the team with 8.1 per game. Mathews averages 16.2 attempts per game this season compared to Jackie Battle who averages 4.7 attempts per game.
Mathews should continue to be the primary RB for San Diego, but San Diego has to do something to improve their explosiveness in the run game. This should be one of their focal points during the off-season.