Has Ryan Mathews lost starting job?-- Fri Oct 5 9:50 pm --
Coach Norv Turner keeping quiet about who will start Sunday
We have a slightly tedious scenario out of San Diego, where Chargers coach Norv Turner is keeping quiet about his plans at running back leading up to Sunday night's game against the New Orleans Saints. Turner caused waves when he sat Ryan Mathews in favor of Jackie Battle for much of the team's 37-20 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4. Mathews struggled with ball security in the previous week's loss to the Atlanta Falcons, which led Turner to suggest that Battle gave the Chargers the best chance to beat K.C. It initially was believed Mathews would regain his starring role, but Turner is keeping this one a mystery. "The starter - we'll find out on the first play of the game," he told U-T San Diego after Friday's practice. (NFL.com)
FF Today's Take:The Chargers may have won last week with Battle taking the bulk of the workload, but Mathews' owners needn't fret too much just yet. Mathews is easily the more talented of the two backs and will likely be given the opportunity to redeem himself this weekend.