Leftovers From the ‘Looo

For awhile there it looked like Chris Chambers’ time as a contributing part of the Chiefs offense were over.

Against the Broncos, Chambers was a healthy scratch, on the inactive list for the game because of a coach’s decision. The next Sunday against the Chargers, Chambers was on the active roster for the game, but didn’t see much playing time until the fourth quarter when the outcome was decided.

Last week, Chambers expressed frustration with his inactivity, but also was determined to make himself relevant again.

“I guess I have to convince the coaches that I can still make something happen,” Chambers said last Friday. “I’m still working hard, I’m healthy and I’m ready. I just need the opportunity.”

The opportunity came on Sunday in St. Louis, where suddenly Chambers was getting reps in the first half and QB Matt Cassel was looking for him. He ended up catching three passes that went for 42 yards. Hardly the numbers that will get anybody excited, but for Chambers they represented one of his best days of the season.

“I know I have the confidence of Matt,” Chambers said after the game. “If I can get on the field, then I think we can make some things happen in the passing game over the games that are left.”

After he arrived in Kansas City halfway through last season, Chambers immediately became a big contributor to the ’09 Chiefs offense. A free agent after the season, the Chiefs showed they wanted to keep him by agreeing to agreeing to a three-year, $12 million deal with $5.9 million in guaranteed money.

From the start of the season, something seemed amiss with Chambers. He was not getting the snaps or opportunities and eventually he was inactive for three games – one due to a finger injury – while playing 11 other games, but starting only five times. Terrance Copper and rookie Verran Tucker both jumped ahead of him when it came to snaps in the offense.

“I’m obviously week-to-week so all I can do is keep working hard,” Chambers said. “I’ll get healthier and I’m sure I’ll be able to make more of a contribution.”

Right now, Chambers is fifth on the team with 17 catches for 174 yards and one TD catch. Dwayne Bowe, Tony Moeaki, Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster are all ahead of him.

“I’m staying positive and I’m going to make it work,” Chambers said. “It’s been frustrating but I’ve been able to deal with it.”

JONES KEEPS HIS STREAK ALIVE

It was early in the fourth quarter when Thomas Jones went behind right guard and ripped off a 16-yard run. When he hit the turf at the Edwards Jones Dome, the ball came bouncing out. It was picked up by a member of the Rams defense and returned into deeper into Chiefs territory.

Immediately replays showed the fumble was not a fumble, that Jones’ knees and then elbow hit the turf before the ball came out. Todd Haley wanted to throw his red challenge flag, but he’d already gone for two challenges, splitting those. But that meant he had no more challenges.

Jones knew it was not a fumble, because Jones does not fumble. Before that play, he’d touched the ball 838 straight times without fumbling the ball. Only former Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez has a longer streak of protecting the ball.

“I knew it came out after I was on the ground, because I banged my elbow on the ground and it got my funny bone,” Jones said. “I lost feeling in my hand and that’s when the ball came out. I didn’t even realize it until I saw a bunch of people running away. I got up saying ‘I was down. I was down.”

After the whistle finally blew, referee Ron Winter gathered his crew together to talk about it. They eventually came out and said that Jones had been down before the ball came loose, so the Chiefs retained possession.

“I was glad they got it right,” Jones said. “There’s no way I fumbled.”

Jones how has 844 consecutive touches without a fumble.

WHAT CROWD NOISE FROM CHIEFS FANS?

The Rams were hit with five false start penalties. One came on the punt team, the other four were from the offense, courtesy of a tight end, left and right tackle and the center.

It was plenty loud inside the Jones Dome, especially with the building holding so many fans clad in red and gold. The Rams offense should not have had these problems. But they did. Was it the crowd? Only QB Sam Bradford was willing to consider that was a factor.

“For a home game, it was a little harder to hear, but we have to better,” Bradford said. “There’s no reason for that. I’ve got to be louder. We’ve got to be more in tune to the snap count. Five false starts are really inexcusable.”

“It wasn’t a noise thing,” said Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo. “It was guys getting a little antsy I think.”

Said RB Steven Jackson: “It wasn’t the noise. I’ll tell you that. It wasn’t the noise. Youth.”

Said WR Danny Amendola: “That wasn’t the crowd. That was just a lack of execution on our part.”

QUOTES OF NOTE

“We got their best show. We got their starting quarterback. We got all their runners. That’s a good football team. They do a good job. Again, I’ll credit Todd and his staff and all their players.”
Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo on the Chiefs.

“I think early on in the game were a little bit complacent. But I think we kind of fought through it. Sometimes when you have a tough loss it takes a little bit of time for you to get going.”
Chiefs RB Thomas Jones

“When you’re out scratching and clawing tooth and nail trying to get into the playoffs, no play is meaningless. Every play is a big play this time of year.” Rams CB Ron Bartell.

“He’s a tough dude. I mean he came out there and slung it around a little bit and took a hit or two and he’s a tough guy. A lot of people wondered if he would even play and he played a good game.”
Rams DE Chris Long on Matt Cassel.


8 Responses to “Leftovers From the ‘Looo”

  • December 21, 2010  - Michael says:

    Hey Bob, here’s a question for a future Q&A as it relates to Jones’ fumble: when the refs huddle to discuss the play like they did, what are they really saying?

    Is one of them swearing to the others that he got the best look and it wasn’t a fumble? Or are they fully aware of the game situation (KC out of challenges), and they know they don’t want to make a bad call that influences the game, so they purposely decide to rule it against the Rams’ best interests so that St. Louis (unlike KC) could challenge it if they want?


  • December 21, 2010  - TDKC says:

    Michael I wish the refs really would show pity on the Chiefs. They really missed the face mask on Charles early in the game. His helmet got ripped off his head and they even took away some yardage on the play since forward progress is stopped when a player loses his headgear. Bad missed call.

    But there were others that went the Chiefs way too.


  • December 21, 2010  - RW says:

    Another Q for Bob:

    What was the problem with the Chiefs in taking all those penalties for illegal formations or not lining up properly? I counted at least 3 times they were flagged for this infraction. Are the players in question not coached properly, not thinking or is it on the coaches?


  • December 21, 2010  - aPauled says:

    Considering the dependability of the WRs on the Chiefs roster…how much opportunity does Chambers think he needs? How about work at getting open, then catch the ball when it’s thrown to you. That’s all it would take to get on the field at WR for the Chiefs. Not asking much.


  • December 21, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    I could have swore thomas jones fumbled early this year???


  • December 21, 2010  - el cid says:

    Bob, got another question. Everything is good today, good win, Cassel’s impersonation of superman, Gilberry, etc. But I heard something that the 2 second round picks are not producing like those drafted behind them. NOT ME, some media types. After the draft, lots of talk and we all were wild about what they bring to the game. Even after the first game, wow. But since, not so much. What do you think, not potential but production after being drafted in the second round?

    Also, how is T Jackson looking to you?


  • December 21, 2010  - Rick says:

    Dan….that was a preseason game.


  • December 21, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    ok, thanks rick.




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