Chambers Back To San Diego … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs

Chris Chambers didn’t see it coming.

It was Monday morning after the Chargers beat the Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. In that game Chambers had just one catch, but it was a big one. On a third-down play in the fourth quarter, he made an over the shoulder grab stayed in bounds and picked up a big first down to keep alive a drive that killed the clock. San Diego won 24-16.

Chambers arrived in the Chargers locker room and was told that the head coach wanted to see him. He arrived in Norv Turner’s office and was told he was going to be released.

“My playing time was shrinking and that was a sign, but I wasn’t expecting what happened,” Chambers said on Tuesday after the Chiefs went through their first practice of the week. “From the second game on, I was rotating. My minutes were getting cut here and there and didn’t get a lot of encouragement.”

About 36 hours after getting the news, Chambers walked off a flight at KCI. His new football home was Arrowhead Stadium, as the Chiefs claimed him on waivers.

Just under four weeks after he walked into Turner’s office, Chambers has become a growing part of the Chiefs offense. He’s already caught 10 passes for 249 yards in three games. He’s got a pair of touchdown catches and his 61-yard play against the Steelers set up the game winning FG in overtime.

And, Sunday he’s going back to San Diego to face his old team as the Chiefs seek their third-straight victory.

“I’m definitely playing with a little bit of a chip on my shoulder because of the way things ended in San Diego,” said Chambers. “I’m just looking to prove to myself and my teammates that I can help them win games.”

Chambers has already shown he can help them win games, as he did last Sunday against the Steelers. His 47-yard catch set up the tying touchdown, and then the 61-yard catch and run in overtime made the winning FG possible.

“Chris Chambers has done a great job creating another element of big play possibilities for us that we really didn’t have early on in the season,” said QB Matt Cassel.

Chambers said he won’t lose his focus or amp up his intensity for this weekend’s game.

“It’s my job, so I will be professional about it,” said Chambers. “It will be fun just playing in that stadium, beautiful weather and see the fans and my teammates that I enjoyed playing with. I’m just looking to have fun for the most part.”

After Tuesday’s practice, Chambers is especially looking forward to that nice southern California weather. He can go back and tell his former teammates about the crazy coach of the Chiefs who takes his team outside for practice in 40 degree temperatures, with rain falling and wind gusts up to 20 miles per hour.

“When we came here the weather was never on our side so those guys know all about how cold and windy it can get around here,” Chambers said. “It’s a little bit of change for me coming from Miami and then San Diego. I’m sure this is going to make us better when we have the chance to play at home.”

Chambers has said that he feels like the Chargers organization pulled the chain on him as a sacrificial lamb, just like former teammate safety Clinton Hart. San Diego released Hart, who was a starter, on October 14th. They cut Chambers two weeks later.

“You can’t be comfortable in the NFL, especially as you get older,” said Chambers. “It starts upstairs, and what they want to do with the franchise. The same thing happened to him (Hart). They start rotating you and then you are gone. It’s a little bit of a shock when it happens at that point of the season. You don’t see that often in the NFL.

“I think everybody’s happy with how it turned out. I’ve got a chance to play and that pretty much all I wanted and they’ve got a chance to play their young guys, and that’s what they wanted.”

The receivers getting the playing time that belonged to Chambers are Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee. Floyd has 20 catches for 363 yards and a TD, while Naanee has 20 catches for 186 yards and two touchdowns.

Chambers left behind a bunch of respectful teammates in San Diego who were sorry to see him go.

“He was always great in the locker room and focused on staying the course,” quarterback Philip Rivers said. “You could tell he was disappointed and trying to battle through it, but there was never any tension there.”

When Chambers joined the Chargers in the 2007 trade thanks to a trade with Miami, he had an immediate impact on the San Diego offense, catching 35 passes for 555 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games.

“He made an impact right away,” Rivers said. “He came in and showed why we got him. He made big plays and kept coverages from zeroing in on (Antonio) Gates, and was a major player during that push toward the AFC championship game.”

Now, Chris Chambers is just trying to help the Chiefs win their fourth game of the season.

“I knew it was coming up and I was glad I got three games under my belt and get a little momentum, some rhythm and build some confidence,” he said.

SIGNINGS, INJURIES & MOVEMENT AROUND THE LEAGUE

  • BENGALS – re-signed DT Orien Harris; released G Scott Kooistra.
  • BILLS – signed G Kendall Simmons.
  • BROWNS – released LB Josh Stamer.
  • BUCCANEERS – fired defensive coordinator Jim Bates; placed QB Byron Leftwich on the injured-reserve list; released CB Mike Mickens; signed QB Rudy Carpenter and WR Terrence Nunn.
  • CHARGERS – signed OT Jon Runyan.
  • DOLPHINS – released DE Matt Roth; signed DE Ikaika Alama-Francis and DB Evan Oglesby.
  • EAGLES – released CB Jack Ikegwuonu; signed CB Geoffrey Pope.
  • JAGUARS – released LB Adam Seward.
  • LIONS – QB Matt Stafford named the NFC offensive player of the week.
  • RAVENS – placed CB Fabian Washington and RB Matt Lawrence on the injured-reserve list; signed FB Charles Ali and CB Cary Williams.
  • STEELERS – coach Mike Tomlin says he expects QB Ben Roethlisberger to play this Sunday night against the Ravens despite suffering a concussion against the Chiefs; signed LB Rocky Boiman and CB Corey Ivy; released LB Donovan Woods and CB Keiwan Ratliff.

FROM THE PAGES OF CHIEFS HISTORY

On November 25, 1962, the Dallas Texans beat the Oakland Raiders 35-7 at Municipal Stadium, with 13,557 in the stands. QB Len Dawson and RB Abner Haynes led the Texans to the victory. Dawson threw a pair of TD passes to TE Fred Arbanas and scored one himself on a one-yard run. Haynes had a pair of TD runs in the fourth quarter, of 19 and 33 yards. Haynes finished with 112 rushing yards, while RB Curtis McClinton (left) added 109 yards on the ground. Arbanas caught three passes for 57 yards. The Texans finished with 281 yards rushing, or more than Oakland had in total offense.

On Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1971, the Chiefs lost to the Detroit Lions 32-21 at Tiger Stadium. On a cold Michigan afternoon, the Chiefs never led as the Lions 19 unanswered points in grabbing the victory. RB Ed Podolak scored three times for the Chiefs TDs. Detroit RB Steve Owens scored on the ground and QB Greg Landry threw TD passes to TE Charlie Sanders and WR Earl McCullough. The Chiefs defense had a pair of interceptions, as S Johnny Robinson and DE Wilbur Young grabbed passes.

On November 25, 1973, the Chiefs lost to the Denver Broncos 14-10 at Mile High Stadium. Despite a strong defensive effort, the Chiefs had trouble making anything go on offense in losing to Denver. The Chiefs only score came on a late fourth quarter pass from QB Mike Livingston to WR Otis Taylor of seven yards. Defensively, the Chiefs had problems handling Denver WR Haven Moses (right), who caught five passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns. S Mike Sensibaugh had an interception for the Kansas City defense, but they h ad just one sack. Denver meanwhile sacked Livingston five times, including two each from DT Pete Duranko and DE Paul Smith.

On November 25, 1979, the Chiefs lost to the Chargers 28-7 at San Diego Stadium. It was the 10th victory of the season for the Chargers, as QB Dan Fouts had one of his best passing performances, throwing for 350 yards and three touchdowns. Fouts hit WR Charlie Joiner for a 29-yard score, WR John Jefferson for a 42 yards and TE Bob Klein for an eight-yard score. RB Artie Owens also had a seven-yard TD run for the Chargers. The Chiefs only score came in the first quarter when QB Steve Fuller hooked up with RB Mike Williams for an eight-yard TD pass.

On November 25, 1984, the Chiefs lost to the New York Giants 28-27 at Giants Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands. The Chiefs held a 27-14 lead in the fourth quarter, but the Giants got two late TD passes from QB Phil Simms that capped the New York come-from-behind victory. QB Bill Kenney threw three touchdown passes, connecting with WR Stephone Paige for a 26-yard score, WR Carlos Carson from 34 yards and TE Willie Scott on an eight-yard TD play. Carson finished the game with five catches for 153 yards. The Chiefs defense had three interceptions of Simms, as FS Deron Cherry and CBs Albert Lewis and Kevin Ross got the picks. LB Calvin Daniels and DE Art Still had sacks for the KC defense.

On November 25, 1990, the Chiefs beat the Raiders 27-24 at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The Chiefs defense struggled in this game, but they had great pass rush pressure on Los Angeles QBs Jay Schroeder and Vince Evans, taking them down five times as LBs Louis Cooper, Dino Hackett (left), Percy Snow and Chris Martin and DT Dan Saleaumua each had a sack. QB Steve DeBerg was especially efficient, hitting 12 of 21 passes for just 149 yards, but three TDs: 19 yards to WR Emile Harry and a pair of 11-yard scores to FB Bill Jones.


14 Responses to “Chambers Back To San Diego … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • November 25, 2009  - Jim Lloyd+ says:

    Love D. Bowe , but this could be an accident ready to go right…
    45 or 87 finding Shawn M. & 89 – RB ! = ball control.


  • November 25, 2009  - Rick says:

    Gretz refers in his article the CRAZY coach from kc keeping his players outside in bad weather for practices. We have 3 games in a row coming up in December where I will be suprised if the weather will be nice for all three!!!! Could have left off “CRAZY” remark but he had to throw that little snide remark in. Go Chiefs We have a legit chance of being 7-9 yet this year.


  • November 25, 2009  - Jim Lloyd+ says:

    If 7-9 of the right win’s include Denver & San Diego(twice) , this could turn out to be very -very intersting . Althou there would have to include a lot of “Ls” for S.D. or if KC won 2 more games on top , then it really would get things stirred up !!!!!!!!
    It ALL starts Sunday , with Rivers and the key IS going to be two things ,don’t let him have the ball much and taking Merriam out of alot movement on his part . (no dropped passes-KC)


  • November 25, 2009  - Tracy says:

    Buffalo, Cleveland and Denver twice–7-9 seems very possible, if not likely.
    They still have to play the games but unlike some squads in years gone by, we can assume there will be no lack of focus.
    Timing is a big part of it as well. Denver appears to be coming apart at the seams; their course correction will be hard for them but it is still possible.
    Let’s enjoy the ride and save the gloating until post season.


  • November 25, 2009  - jimbo says:

    Chris Chambers is a good football player. The Chargers claimed they wanted to give the younger players more playing time. I don’t buy it. Whatever their real reason was, it was an obvious mistake. He is a key factor in taking the Chiefs to the next level.
    Our offense is pathetic only part of the time now, instead of most of the time. For the first time in many years the boys in red & gold now have a little swagger in their step & the belief they can compete with anybody. We may not be a consistently good team & we may not win another game this year, but we have finally seen the potential & true character of 53 men that we can be proud of.
    Mr. Chambers has contributed his experience, talent & professionalism to a team lacking in all three. Somehow, when he dressed up in a Chiefs uniform, good things have been happening to our team. Whether it be luck or right place right time, or just my imagination, I can say this, he has brought excitement & confidence to our offense & to us fans. Priceless… you might say.
    Welcome to KC Mr. Chambers.
    Go Chiefs.


  • November 25, 2009  - Jim Lloyd+ says:

    jimbo :
    I agree , and Matt is a large part —- Passing a foot in front of catchable or 3 feet in back of his targert . Although at 18 to 25 yards down the middle he is leading his Recievers better . Hes getting there on some tough training grounds…


  • November 25, 2009  - Pablo says:

    I’m not gonna go all 7-9 crazy, but I really don’t think 5-11 or 6-10 is out of the realm of possibility. That’s a whole lot better than I gave them credit for at the beginning of the year (4-12).

    The Pittsburgh game was a nice surprise and I’ve been amazed at how they’ve somehow managed to stay close in a lot of these games.


  • November 25, 2009  - Harold C. says:

    The Pittsburgh game was awesome. It was the kind of game that makes a Chiefs fan look at the schedule and start dreaming of winning out and the Broncos and Chargers stumbling enough for the Chiefs to take the division. But then reality hits and we have to accept that this year will most likely be a losing year. They can’t win out on the theatrics displayed in the Pittsburgh game. The amount of time that they had control of the ball was miniscule compared to Pittsburgh….and seems to be typical every game. That has to improve for many more wins to come our way. Hope abounds though….because if the Chiefs can build on this win and strengthen some key areas in the off-season then next year they could be something truly special.

    Ok…enough of all that….GO CHIEFS….WIN OUT AND TAKE THE DIVISON….WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!


  • November 25, 2009  - Jim Lloyd+ says:

    One thing I have never seen –EVER– is the picks on the pre-game shows hit 100 % on the money .
    The second half of every season is NEVER close to the first half .
    Starting tomorrow is like the beginning of a whole new deal , like the cards have been delt all over ! This is what makes NFL football the greatest game ever played ….
    Try and keep track of every thing that is going on , and you find you know little more than what time the game is going to start .


  • November 25, 2009  - Rick says:

    Bills, Browns, Bengals and split with Denver would make me a season ticket holder next year for the 22nd year.


  • November 25, 2009  - el cid says:

    From my view, Chambers is a cut above most Chiefs receivers. Even late in his career, he seem a step better than the others. Not sure but he may be a better option than Bowe. I do not know about WRs but with Bowe’s lack of concentration at times, I thought he was a better #2 than #1.

    Charles making Spe. Teams player of the week is great but Studebaker getting Def would have been better.


  • November 25, 2009  - Ratso says:

    Great addition to the Team it’s one we really needed. It’s surprising how he can create space in his routes while the other receivers find it extremely difficult. I don’t think he’s the fastest WR around so he must run great routes. Also, the DB/Corners aren’t giving him the coverage he deserves. That will change after the Steeler’s game but I think he’ll still be a great weapon for Cassell. Also, he could of had a couple of TD’s if Cassell would of lead him instead of throwing behind him. He had to stop, on several catches, which allowed the coverage to catch up with him. He had beat the coverage and had an open field to the end zone.
    It is nice to see the Chief’s playing with discipline and toughness. We’ve been in a lot of close games and all of us .. especially the Team and coaching staff … are glad were winning them now. I’m almost at a point that I’ll eat my hat because I didn’t think Haley was up to the job. I’m starting to think that he is! The bonus is that we’ve almost got the right 53 … just improve the O-line, get some depth at LB and BAM !

    —- 3 Keys to a Chief’s win—
    1. Put pressure on Rivers
    2. Contain LT and Sproles
    3. No turnovers
    We do these 3 things and we’ll win the game


  • November 25, 2009  - Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 11/25 | Kansas City Chiefs Blog says:

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