San Diego Chargers: Ryan Mathews Should Have Been Released Or Traded If Arrest Reports Were True

Ryan Mathews San Diego Chargers

Christopher Hanewinckel – USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers had high hopes for running back Ryan Mathews when they completed a trade with the Miami Dolphins to move up 16 spots in the 2010 NFL Draft and select him with the No. 12 pick.

A false report on Examiner.com said that Mathews was arrested at a San Diego night club on Sunday. If these reports were true and Mathews was found to be guilty of a crime, San Diego should have released or traded him.

Mathews ranked 13th in rushing touchdowns among 320 players who scored a rushing TD, ranked 22nd in yards per attempt and 25th in rushing yards per game out of 47 players who had enough attempts to qualify in 2010.

In 2011, Mathews had his best season when he ranked 12th in both yards per attempt and rushing yards per game among 53 players who qualified. Mathews also ranked 18th in rushing touchdowns out of 323 players.

The 2012 season was a struggle for Mathews as he missed four games with injuries for the second time in three years. Mathews ranked 23rd in yards per game and 32nd in yards per attempt among 44 players who qualified. Mathews was also tied for last among players who had a rushing touchdown, setting a career low with one.

If Mathews was found guilty and San Diego decided to release or trade him, there would have been a possibility of adding a free agent RB.

The Denver Broncos released Willis McGahee last month and the Atlanta Falcons released Michael Turner three months ago. McGahee ranked 11th in yards per game, 17th in yards per attempt and had four rushing touchdowns in 10 games before he was injured last season.

Turner played with San Diego from 2004-2007 and is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-low 3.6 yards per attempt, but he had 10 rushing touchdowns on fewer attempts per game than Mathews in 2012.

McGahee will be 32 in October and Turner is 31, so it would have been a short-term solution, but one of them could have split attempts with Danny Woodhead or Turner being the third down back/goal line RB.

Mathews has one year left on his contract after the 2013 season, but thankfully for him the arrest reports were false, and he can focus on improving from last year.


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  • 88bomcelya69

    Why was this story even written if the rumors were false. Get your head out of your ass and write factual and truthful stories and stop trying to give a taint to a persons name whom you admit is not guilty or write a novel.

    • Paulmatthew22

      I guess the guy is a Chargers fan and really hates Ryan Matthews,.Cant say I blame him,.He plays like girl

      • Farva55

        Mathews blows. Simple as that. Remember when Chargers fans thought he was going to be the next LT? LOL

    • Farva55

      Even though you seem like a monster doucher, I agree. This is a non story.

      • 88bomcelya69

        Fuck off dickhead

        • Farva55

          Monster doucher: exactly.

          • 88bomcelya69

            I’ve made it a rule for years to never get into a battle of wits with an unarmed person so for your mental health this is the last reply you will get from me shitpaper.

          • Farva55

            “Shitpaper”- that’s actually a good one. I think I’ll use that one from here on out…thanks.

            Are you not an “un-named” person as well?

            I know I know…you have the IQ as a corn on the cob and failed out of 7th grade. I understand.

          • SportsGenius705

            Farva OWNS your ass.

        • Farva55

          Are you still mad the Heat won the NBA Finals? Get over it bro.

          • 88bomcelya69

            I don’t watch NBA because it’s rigged. When the league office tells the refs not to get the “stars ” in foul trouble because the fans don’t pay those ridiculous ticket prices to watch their “stars” sit on the bench then it is rigged and if you think otherwise you are a fucking idiot and a sheep.so just follow the crowd asshole.

          • Farva55

            I bet you listen to a lot of heavy mental. Am I wrong?

  • ECAVILLE/Ace of Spades

    Mathews is going to be just fine this season. Doubters will shortly be eating their words. Watch out for the unsuspecting Chargers to take the NFL by storm! #farfromabandwagoner!