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NFL Rumors: What did Norv Turner say about Ryan Mathews?

Ryan Mathews and Norv Turner

Robert Benson-USA Today Sports

According to Michael Gehlken of utsandiego.com, San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner sat down with Marv Albert and former Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon prior to last Sunday’s game.

During Turner’s conversation with Albert and Gannon, Turner reportedly said that he does not believe Ryan Mathews has the vision to be an elite running back in the NFL.

Turner was interviewed about the situation, and here is a quote from him “I said we’re working on his vision.  I don’t think there’s a lot of room to run where his vision is an issue.  We’re working on his decision making.”

He continued by saying “It’s hard to get in a rhythm and be the type of runner he can be.  He’s proven when there’s holes and opportunities to run, he’s a good back.”

Mathews finished the 2011 season with 1,091 rushing yards, six rushing touchdowns and averaged 4.9 yards per attempt.  Mathews has 620 rushing yards, one touchdown and is averaging a career low 4.0 yards per attempt.

There were high expectations for Mathews heading into the 2012 season, but Mathews suffered a setback when he broke his clavicle in San Diego’s first preseason game four months ago.

Mathews is on pace for 868 rushing yards and one touchdown.  Mathews ranked 10th in the NFL in rushing yards last season and 12th in yards per game while he ranks 23rd and 22nd in these categories this season.

If Turner said that Mathews does not have the vision to be an elite running back in the NFL, it only adds insult to injury for a team with a 4-8 record.

San Diego is one loss away or one win away by the Cincinnati Bengals and the Indianapolis Colts from being eliminated from playoff contention and a distraction like this is the last thing that San Diego needs.