Chargers GM A.J. Smith is "very concerned" about Ryan Mathews' Week 3 fumble, the 11th of his career in 27 games.
"It has to stop. I believe you can improve in ball security. And no one works any harder in trying to get better than Ryan. However, if it continues he will play less," said Smith. "Extremely talented players like Ryan get multiple opportunities to improve. What happens to fumblers is, first, they play less. Second, if it continues while they're playing on a limited basis, then you don't play for a while and you get to sit and think about it. Third, when you get the call to go back on the field and the fumbling continues, then you will be somebody else's fumbler." The Chargers are clearly taking the issue seriously, though Mathews remains a strong bet for 15+ touches versus the Chiefs in Week 4.
Fri, Sep 28, 2012 09:38:00 AM