During Thursday’s preseason opener, Jon Gruden uttered the words that every Charger fan is all too familiar with: “Every time I pay San Diego a compliment, something bad happens.” So many Boltheads have fantasized about “Chucky” on the Charger sidelines over the past few seasons. At least now Gruden can get a taste of what is like to follow this maddening football team.
Of course, the game against Green Bay took on far more significance than any of us wanted with the injury to Ryan Mathews. The fact that it literally only took one hit to get him onto the operating table is “eerily pathetic,” to say the least.
Everyone, myself included, has been talking about how important Mathews’ stepping up is this season. However, it’s hard to argue convincingly that anyone thought he wouldn’t get hurt at some point. Is it better to have it happen now? Only if he stays healthy upon returning.