RB Ryan Mathews broke his left clavicle in the San Diego Chargers’ loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, and will once again miss the rest of the season after being placed on IR. It does not matter for the Chargers, who will miss the playoffs once again, but it is just further proof that Mathews will never be the running back that people in San Diego were hoping for ever since letting LaDainian Tomlinson go a few years back.
During the preseason, Mathews broke his right clavicle. Almost every few weeks, he seems to suffer some sort of injury that always keeps him out for a lengthy period of time. He is far too fragile to be counted on as anything more than a change of pace back.
After looking at his numbers, they pretty much cement that statement as fact.
Mathews carried the ball 185 times for 685 yards this season with just one touchdown. He also caught another 36 passes for 244 yards. The Chargers need to look into other options at the running back position following another disappointing season, one in which has seen them drop eight of 10 games following a decent start to the season.
The bottom line is that this is a team who needs to clean house as much as any other team in the league. The Chargers need to fire general manager A.J. Smith and head coach Norv Turner. That is first and foremost. But, truth be told, the entire coaching staff should be sent packing, along with a plethora of players who just can’t seem to get the job done.
Mathews should be one of those players. Whether injuries are preventing him from being an elite running back, or whether he just doesn’t have it in him, it would be in San Diego’s best interest to let another NFL team find out the answer to that question in 2013.