We previously dissected the San Diego Chargers' backfield here. At the time, it seemed that Ryan Mathews still had a legitimate shot at retaining his featured role. Today, Chargers' brass made those waters even more murky by officially moving Mathews down to the No. 2 spot on their official depth chart.
It appears the Chargers are taking Mathews' fumbling issues seriously. At least all signs are pointing that way.
Mathews' Week 3 fumble was his 11th in 27 career games with the Chargers.
As we detailed earlier, GM A.J.Smith provided a detailed exit plan for Mathews if the fumbling continues. "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."
Today's move may be another motivator. If it is, it's one that cannot be ignored, no matter how San Diego's coaches try to spin it. As far as the team spokesman, he's throwing cold water on the situation.
So if you were trying to trade for Mathews, you should be able to land him pretty easily now—his stock just took a nosedive.
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