Donald Butler: A most unusual Q&A - Michael Gehlken (UT$)
Donald Butler: We’re nine games into the season and we still have a lot of football left to play. I will wait until after the season is over to assess my performance for the season as a whole. Would I like to play better? Yes, in every aspect of my game but more importantly we’ve lost three in a row and haven’t played to our standard as a team.
Can Ryan Mathews ignite stagnant run game? - Eric Williams
But don’t expect Mathews to show up next week and carry the ball 30 times. He still has to get into game shape and the flow of the game, so expect Mike McCoy to ease him into the game if he plays against the Raiders.
Film study: Philip Rivers under pressure - Eric Williams
Though offensive tackles King Dunlap and D.J. Fluker can certainly perform better, the real issue in my opinion is that poor execution early in games on both sides of the ball has created situations where Philip Rivers feels like he has to take more risks on offense, resulting in deeper drops that create better opportunities for the pass rush to get there.
Mike McCoy: Don't expect returning injured players to rescue Chargers - Eric Williams
"Ryan Mathews does not guarantee us 200 yards rushing," McCoy said. "It’s the other 10 guys on the field that have to do their jobs better. We’ve talked about that as a football team. We ran the ball fairly well with No. 43 (Branden Oliver) back there plenty of times. We won five games without these guys.