When asked about the signing of Donald Brown and what that means for the future of the
Telesco said basically the same things back in late March to the station.
Brown was signed this spring to a three-year deal by Telesco, who helped scout Brown when he was with the Colts in 2009. But Mathews established himself as the team's primary back, meeting long-awaited expectations with a 1,255-yard, six-score season with another 189 yards and a score through the air.
McCoy said his background after working for John Fox in Carolina is using multiple running backs.
"You get in there, you get on a little bit of a roll and you’re going to stay in there," McCoy said. "Donald is a perfect fit for our system, and that’s why we went after him and got him. He understands what we want to do offensively, not only in the passing game but in the running game and pass protection. ... We'll let Donald come in there and show us what he can do, and we'll try to take advantage of what he does best and go with the flow of the game."
"We know Ryan is our bell cow," Telesco said. "He's our No. 1 back. He had an excellent year last year. And we all know what
The Chargers seemingly did this to secure depth at the position and to safeguard against not having a back in case
The feeling here is that Mathews will remain the primary rusher for the Chargers. The team went 6-0 in games he had at least 20 carries (8-2 in games where he had at least 16 carries), a stat the coaches will have a hard time ignoring. Brown could keep Mathews from 24-plus carry games like he had toward the end of last season but we'll still see Mathews dominate. Brown should also reduce Woodhead's touches, particularly after he faded down the stretch last season.
But even with this piecemeal workload from Mathews and Woodhead, it's tough to envision Brown getting enough work to be the same kind of helpful Fantasy rusher he was last year. I might take him with a mid-round pick.
The typical recovery from the injury lasts four-to-six weeks, but Mathews didn't miss a game. Mathews first injured the ankle December 22 against Oakland, but was able to return to the game. He received a normal workload the following week, so it wasn't serious initially. But the injury got worse in the playoffs, forcing Mathews to stop practicing. He had just 26 yards against the Broncos, and did not play after halftime.
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|2010||San Diego Chargers||12||9||158||678||4.3||31||7||4||25|
|2011||San Diego Chargers||14||14||222||1091||4.9||39||6||9||52|
|2012||San Diego Chargers||12||9||184||707||3.8||31||1||1||34|
|2013||San Diego Chargers||16||14||285||1255||4.4||51||6||7||54|
|2010||San Diego Chargers||12||9||22||145||6.6||17||0||0||0||7|
|2011||San Diego Chargers||14||14||50||455||9.1||42||0||4||1||18|
|2012||San Diego Chargers||12||9||39||252||6.5||24||0||1||0||9|
|2013||San Diego Chargers||16||14||26||189||7.3||17||1||0||0||9|
|2010||San Diego Chargers||12||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||San Diego Chargers||14||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||San Diego Chargers||12||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||San Diego Chargers||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2011||San Diego Chargers||14||5||2||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2012||San Diego Chargers||12||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||San Diego Chargers||16||2||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|
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