SAN DIEGO –
No, not because he doesn’t take instruction well – Mathews has exceled during his second season thanks to more regular practice participation – but because each week Turner explains how much better Mathews has gotten.
Mathews has gained, in yards of total offense, 118, 126, 149 and 149 this season. With 542 total yards, he’s fourth in the NFL behind Wes Welker, Matt Forte and Darren McFadden in yards from scrimmage.
“As well as he’s playing, he’s (still) just getting a feel for what it’s like to play in this league. He can play so much better than what he did yesterday and I can name another 15 guys like that,” Turner said.
“I don’t think we’re playing at the level we can play. I think a lot of guys are playing with great energy and are getting the most out of what they have to offer right now.”
“This team has not been together very long. If you look close at the roster, you see this team has gone under unbelievable change over the last two years,” Turner said. “That’s why we can get so much better. Winning helps that.”
GET BETTER: The Chargers have been good at identifying areas of need, creating a plan and producing results in recent history, Turner said Monday.
San Diego is markedly better at running the football, he said, as evidenced by the Chargers’ 82 second-half rushing yards against Miami. The team continues to work on ball security and Turner feels the kick coverage, particularly on kickoffs, has gotten much better.
So what’s the next major emphasis after a 26-16 win against Miami? Red zone offense. The Chargers scored one touchdown on four red zone possessions Sunday.
“We’ve hurt ourselves the last two weeks in the red zone with major penalties,” Turner said, referencing a personal foul call Sunday and two flags that negated
San Diego did get two
“(Rivers) was being very careful on the throw to Tolbert. That might’ve been another touchdown in the red zone,” Turner said. “He was being very careful about making sure we end up with the ball.”
BOLTS: Ryan Mathews is doing a much better job of running low and being aware of securing the football, Turner said …