Notes & Quotes – Indy Happy To See Lilja

From Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

Throughout the last week Chiefs RG Ryan Lilja was very reticent to talk about his time with the Colts as his new team was preparing for its trip to Indy.

Lilja had no choice after Sunday’s game as he was surrounded by media types, especially those from Indianapolis and environs.

“It was a little different coming into the other side of the stadium,” said Lilja, who played in two Super Bowls for the Colts and spent six seasons with the team. “But I tried to focus on the game, executing and helping our offense score points. Unfortunately we didn’t score enough.”

Peyton Manning was just good enough to get the Colts another victory at home, something that Lilja saw so many times.

“It’s a disappointing loss,” Lilja said. “We had a chance to get a win on the road against a good team. We couldn’t get it done.”

During a timeout in the fourth quarter, the Colts had a tribute to Lilja on the giant video boards inside Lucas Oil Stadium. Even if he wanted to ignore it while he was standing on the field waiting to play, his teammates weren’t going to let it pass.

“It was a nice gesture on their part,” Lilja said. “I had some good years here.”

Lilja was head coach Todd Haley’s selection as game-day captain to join the season-long captains at midfield for the opening coin toss. Lilja called heads and the coin came up tails, giving Manning and that Colts offense he knows so well the first chance.

“It’s probably the last time coach let’s me make the call,” Lilja said with a chuckle.


The Chiefs lost LT Brandon Albert for five plays in the second quarter with what appeared to be a hyper-extended left elbow. Albert left the field and trainers and doctors put a brace on his left arm.

This injury caused a problem, because the Chiefs only had seven offensive linemen active for the game and no backup tacle. So far those five plays, left guard Brian Waters moved to left tackle and rookie Jon Asamoah came in and played left guard.

“It was no big deal, I’m prepared for that every week because I know we don’t have an extra tackle,” said Waters. He did take some grief from the Colts defensive line, like DE Dwight Freeney for showing up at another position.

In the first half, WR Chris Chambers went out with a finger injury. In the locker room after the game it appeared to be his right ring finger that had a splint. It did not stop him from catching two passes for 23 yards in the second half.


The Chiefs needed a big game from their special teams against the Colts and they got parts of that. But they also got hurt on several kickoff returns when Dexter McCluster brought the ball out of the end zone, when he should have stayed in.

The Colts use their rookie punter Pat McAfee as their kickoff man and he was long and able to get hang time on all of those kickoffs. Six times he kicked and all of those reached the end zone. None went for a touchback as McCluster brought all six kicks out of the end zone to limited success:

  • Kick traveled 72 yards to the minus-2 and McCluster returned to the 19-yard line.
  • This one went 74 yards to the minus-4 and McCluster returned to the 22-yard line.
  • This kick went 73 yards to the minus-3 and McCluster only got back to the 13-yard line.
  • Kick traveled 74 yards to the minus-4; McCluster returned to the 28-yard line.
  • This one went 72 yards to the minus-2 and McCluster got it back to the 23-yard line.
  • On the last one, it went 73 yards to the minus-3 and McCluster moved it to the 18-yard line.

That’s half of the six kickoffs where the Chiefs didn’t start the possession at the 20-yard line as they would with a touchback. Overall, McCluster averaged 23.5 yards on the six kickoffs.

K Ryan Succop had a good day, hitting three of his four FG attempts, missing only from 51 yards. P Dustin Colquitt had a huge day, averaging 53 yards on four punts, with a net average of 52 yards.

Coverage by the Chiefs was top notch all day. The Colts returns were handled by WR Kenny Moore, who averaged 1.3 yards on punt returns and 13.7 yard on kickoff returns.

Credited with special teams tackles were OLB Andy Studebaker, ILB Cory Greenwood, WR Terrance Copper, S Donald Washington and ILB Demorrio Williams.


The crew of Terry McAulay worked the game and for the most part they did not have a major effect on the game. In all, they walked off nine penalties for 83 yards. They marched off four flags against the Chiefs on these calls:

  • Illegal touch on Javier Arenas on kickoff team, no yardage.
  • Offensive holding on LT Branden Albert.
  • Defensive pass interference on LB Derrick Johnson, a 23-yard penalty.
  • Defense had 12-men on the field.

The call against Johnson was bonus. The Colts receiver tripped over Johnson’s feet and the three officials closest to the play did not throw their flags. But from 40 yards away, line judge Mark Steinkerchner threw his hanky.

Todd Haley successfully challenged a pass completion that actually hit the ground before the Indianapolis receiver had control of the ball.


LB Charlie Anderson played his first game in a Chiefs uniform and he was very active on special teams.

Inactive for the Chiefs were WR Jeremy Horne, CB Jackie Bates, FB Mike Cox, S Reshard Langford, LB Justin Cole, T Ryan O’Callaghan, DE Tyson Jackson and DT Anthony Torbinio. Langford was the only player kept out because of injury, as he was left behind in Kansas City to work on his injured ankle.

The inactive players for the Colts were WR Anthony Gonzalez, S Bob Sanders, CB Jacob Lacey, RB Donald Brown, LB Kavell Conner, G Jacques McClendon, G Jaimie Thomas and DE Jerry Hughes.

In a roster move before the game, the Colts released former Chiefs S DaJuan Morgan. Stepping into his spot on the game-day roster was RB Javarris James, promoted from the practice squad, more than likely because of the absence of Brown. Morgan had been expected to start at strong safety.

2 Responses to “Notes & Quotes – Indy Happy To See Lilja”

  • October 11, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    Bob, referencing Mccluster & his kick returns, he is a weapon and if he would have broke just one of those off for a TD, we probably win the game! the reward was greater than the risk.

  • October 11, 2010  - Sam says:

    I agree that the Derrick Johnson penalty was a joke. The end zone replay clearly showed he didn’t touch the receiver. I also thought the holding call on Albert was suspect. He appeared to be protecting well without holding and the penalty took away a nice first down catch by McCluster.
    If that was holding then Tamba Hali is held on every play.

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