This whole Mike Tolbert thing in San Diego has been cute. Although cute might not be the adjective used by fantasy owners to describe the Chargers’ backfield committee. Excruciatingly frustrating might be more appropriate.
But are the winds of change coming?
Norv Turner told reporters on Monday that he would like to get the ball to Ryan Mathews more, intimating that the running back’s ankle injury could have been the reason he had a smaller workload in recent weeks.
“He’s a little bit sore but not to the point where I think he gets on an injury report or anything,” Turner said. “I think he made it through the soreness he had Friday and I think he’s ready to go. I hope he’s ready to go and carry the load or carry more of the load. When he gets an opportunity, he plays awfully well.”
Seems like Turner feels us on the Mathews front. The Chargers coach must be as frustrated as we are watching Tolbert fumble away opportunities inside of the 10-yard line, like he did again on Sunday.
“I thought (Tolbert) learned his lesson in Seattle,” Turner said, referring to a Tolbert’s fumble against the Seahawks in Week 3. “He turned the ball over on the 6-yard line going in (against Seattle). The play … it should never be a fumble. He understands that and he’ll understand it better now.”
Not sure if that means Mathews will get more attempts when he’s fully healthy. But you should certainly take a look to see if any Mathews owners are desperate to move the rookie, especially when you consider how well the Chargers play after annually starting each season 2-3 under Turner. You might be able to get a bargain.
– Adam Rank