K.C. Run Game Embarrassed By Bolts


From Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

“It was an embarrassing game. They embarrassed us.”

That was the assessment of RB Jamaal Charles after the 31-0 pasting the Chiefs took from the Chargers on Sunday.

For a team that runs the ball as well as the Chiefs have done all season, it was a game where they got nothing going for them on the ground. They finished with just 48 yards on 17 carries. It’s only the second time this season they’ve been held under 100 yards. The other game was the blowout loss they suffered in Denver when they ran for 51 yards.

It was a total domination, or as Charles said, an embarrassment.

“I thought the first time we played them well and then we gave up a couple big plays with one or two guys getting out of position,” said Chargers head coach Norv Turner. “That was the big emphasis: don’t let them get outside, don’t’ get out of position, be physical in the running game and make sure everyone sets an edge whether you’re an outside linebacker or a defensive back who has containment.

“We did not let them get outside – that’s where they make most of their big plays. That’s where they make their big yardage. Our guys understood what we had to do. We were physical inside.”

They were physical and they dominated the line of scrimmage. By half-time, they held a 21-0 lead and in the second half there really wasn’t much of an opportunity for the Chiefs to run the ball. They did it eight times for 14 yards.

“We knew what to expect and the type of challenging backs that they had,” said Chargers DE Luis Castillo. “We knew the scheme that they had. For us, it was a matter of doing a better job than last week at stopping the run.”

Oh yeah, last week against the Raiders on the same field they hammered the Chiefs, San Diego allowed 251 rushing yards. It was the major reason they ended up losing the game and putting themselves in a must win position against the Chiefs.

“After last week we went back to work and put our hard hats on and got our lunch pails,” said DT Antonio Garay. “Our coaches put us in great position. We want back to basics to make sure we stayed with our key points and to make sure we didn’t do too much. We did exactly what we had to do.”

The same could not be said for the Chiefs.

“We run the ball every week, so everybody knows what we are going to do,” said Charles. “We are a run team. They just came up and out did us today. They embarrassed us. I don’t know what happened. We know that defense is not that good but they came through today and stopped up. We have to come back and show everybody what we can do. We’ve got to come back and prove ourselves.”

Would it have helped the running game if Matt Cassel had been on the field running the offense, rather than Brodie Croyle?

“It wasn’t even about Matt,” Charles said. “People have to step up their games. That’s football. Guys need to step up we didn’t do that. I didn’t step up, we didn’t step up on offense and we didn’t step up as a team. We should have come through for Brodie and we didn’t. We lost.

“It was just embarrassing today.”


One Response to “K.C. Run Game Embarrassed By Bolts”

  • December 13, 2010  - el cid says:

    Charles may be the last classy guy on this team who got on the field sunday. They others should have the arrowheads removed form their helmets.




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