Fumbling has been a problem for Mathews even more so than injuries. In 27 career games, he has fumbled 11 times, which is a fumble in approximately 41 percent of his games played. To put that in perspective, Mathews has played in 77 percent of the Chargers' games since 2010.
Injuries are part of the game, but the vast majority of fumbles are avoidable.
General manager A.J. Smith spoke with Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune about his philosophy (and thus the organization's philosophy) of how to handle chronic fumblers. That philosophy is not favorable for Mathews, and it's a warning that if the fumbles continue, he'll lose playing time and eventually his job.
Smith's philosophy, per Acee's story, is as follows:
First, the fumbler plays less.
Second, the fumbler plays on a limited basis.
Third, the fumbler get benched to think about it before getting a last chance.
Fourth, he becomes someone else's fumbler.
Smith has basically laid out a three-strikes philosophy for fumblers, and Mathews already has strike one. It's in his best interest to correct the issue now—before the Chargers start taking more extreme measures.
Other AFC West news:
Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Chargers are tweaking their practice schedule to be ready for the early game in Arrowhead on Sunday.
Albert Breer of NFL.com compares Manning's 2012 with his 2008 MVP season.
Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post says Von Miller and Keith Brooking must excel with Joe Mays suspended.
Bill Williamson of ESPN.com reports that the Chiefs talked to former center Casey Wiegmann, who retired after last season.
Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said that the team will bring back and unveil a new Ring of Honor this Sunday (via the team's official website).