Chargers’ News And Notes: Edwin Baker Signed, Brandon Taylor Ready For Big Time, Vincent Brown Returns
The San Diego Chargers had a number of names return to practice on Wednesday, but it’s already too little, too late.
The San Diego Chargers have placed running back Ryan Mathews, wide receiver Malcom Floyd and tackle Reggie Wells on season-ending injured reserve.
Ryan Mathews has all the talent and ability to be an elite running back in the NFL and for the San Diego Chargers. What can a player do though, if his coach isn’t willing to give him the chance?
Over the next three weekends, the San Diego Chargers face the 8-2 Baltimore Ravens, 5-5 Cincinnati Bengals, and 6-4 Pittsburgh Steelers (on the road). Yes, the good mathematician will tell you that those three teams are a combined 19-11, so there are no easy games during that three-week stretch.
For those that had the stamina to watch Sunday’s tilt in Denver against the Broncos, the same old problems came back to bite the San Diego Chargers when all was said and done.
So, as the two get set to meet Sunday afternoon in the Mile High City, essentially the season is on the line for the Chargers, who limp into Denver losers of four of their last five games.
With a win, the Chargers remain in the hunt for the AFC West title. Drop their fifth game in their last six contests, and the Bolts might as well start thinking about the 2013 campaign.
As many Charger fans knew coming into this season, head coach Norv Turner and general manager AJ Smith were on a tight leash. Essentially, the mantra is not only make the playoffs, but at least win one round or very likely one or both will hit the road after the holidays.
Fans in Charger Country are asking why running back Ronnie Brown isn’t getting more carries. Thus far in 2012, he’s been splitting carries with Ryan Mathews, but it may be time to make Brown the go-to guy.
In a pathetic 7-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns Sunday, the San Diego Chargers’ offense looked worse than the chances of Hurricane Sandy not having a major impact on the East Coast to start the work week.
With a win, San Diego (3-2) would move two games in front of Denver (2-3) in the division race, with essentially a three-game lead having had won the head-to-head encounter before they meet again Nov. 18 in the Mile High City.
The San Diego Chargers fell to 3-2 Sunday night, missing a golden opportunity to go two games up on division rival Denver by losing to the New Orleans Saints 31-24 The Chargers now head into a showdown with the Broncos next Monday night in San Diego.
Given last year’s road debacle at Arrowhead Stadium (23-20 OT loss), a game the Chargers seemingly were about to win on a late field goal before they turned the ball over, San Diego knows that winning games within its division will be crucial this year.
The return of Mathews to the lineup was welcomed by most Charger fans, as the third-year pro out of Fresno State was coming off of a broken clavicle suffered in the preseason opener versus Green Bay. What wasn’t welcomed was Mathews again getting slippery hands with the ball. In 27 career games, Mathews has fumbled 11 times, with six being recovered by the opposition.
For the Chargers, stopping Atlanta’s high-powered passing attack will be the top priority, especially with the Falcon ground game only churning out 75.5 yards per game the first two weeks of play.