Let’s take a look at the fumble stats between Ryan Mathews and LaDainian Tomlinson during there first four seasons as members on the San Diego Chargers. Please keep in mind when looking at this statistic comparison that LaDainian Tomlison had 514 more carries than Ryan Mathews over the course of there first four years on the Charges.
Seasons 1-2: During his first two years in San Diego Ryan Mathews would fumble on average once every 38 carries (Total of 380 carries and 10 fumbles),
Seasons 3-4: During Ryan Mathews third and fourth seasons he would fumble on average once every 117 carries (Total of 468 carries and 4 fumbles).
Now lets combine the stats from Ryan Mathews first four years as a Member of the San Diego Chargers. In four seasons as a member of the San Diego Chargers Ryan Mathews had 849 carries and he has fumbled 14 times. On average Mathews fumbles once every 56.6 carries.
I went ahead and ran a statistical analysis of how many fumbles Ryan Mathews would have acquired had he carried the ball 1,363 times. Ryan Mathews would have had about 1,132 carries on his 19th fumble. In total Ryan Mathews would have had 23 fumbles at the 1,363 carries mark. Considering LaDainian Tomlinson will be a Hall of Fame running back those statistics are not bad at all. But take a look at the production between the two running backs and you will be amazed.
Seasons 1-2: During his first two years in San Diego LaDainian Tomlinson would fumble on average once every 64.6 carries (Total of 711 carries and 11 fumbles),
Seasons 3-4:During LaDainian Tomlinson’s third and fourth seasons he would fumble on average once every 81.5 carries (Total of 653 carries and 8 fumbles).
Now lets combine the stats from LaDainian Tomlinson first four years as a Member of the San Diego Chargers. In four seasons LaDainian Tomlinson had 1,363 attempts and fumbled 19 times. On average LT fumbled once every 71.7 carries.