During the past few seasons (namely under the ruling of now fired head coach Norv Turner), the San Diego Chargers created new, painful ways to lose.
Hopeful that would vanish with Turner no longer being in the picture, Charger fans were thrilled to see their Bolts jump out on the heavily favored Texans. And as if the news couldn’t get any better, the Chargers’ first play from scrimmage went for a touchdown to running back Ryan Mathews (although it was a pass), who Charger fans were excited to see in his new expanded role.
Except, it really wasn’t expanded at all.
Mathews, despite the Chargers’ large lead (that they eventually blew) only played twenty snaps during the loss, five less than fellow running back Ronnie Brown. Newly acquired Danny Woodhead rounded out the three man rotation with ten snaps himself.
Last night’s split in Chargers backfield: Ronnie Brown 25 offensive snaps, Ryan Mathews 20, Danny Woodhead 10, per
The Chargers weren’t exactly shy about suggesting they could use a rotation this year, though, I can’t image San Diego fans are overly thrilled with the idea, nor are any fantasy players who thought they might get a steal with Ryan Mathews.